Monday, July 13, 2009

How to indulge yourself

Indulging yourself is the best way to increase your mood, especially when you feel down. I know that ice cream and chocolate can lift up your mood on one of those down moments. But when you think about those indulgences, are those things really can make you healthy at the same time? I'm sure everyone wants to have a healthy body. Here are some of the healthy indulgences that guarantee can increase your health condition. So you won't be afraid to take it as many times as you can=) When you read below, you can even find manicure as one of the indulgences..I love it..healthy and pretty at the same time..

  • Go Natural - Want to enhance your serenity and indulge a little introspection? Get outside to hunt for a few seasonal “firsts.” Perhaps it's the first birds returning in spring, autumn's first turning leaves, or the first bright crocus pushing through the snow. Get in touch with nature and your neighborhood. It lets you feel connected to something greater, giving you a healthy sense of peace and well-being.
  • Pick Some Exotic Fruit - Take home those unique choices from the produce department: star-shaped fruits, tiny purple berries, and what look like prickly little lemons. Whether you eat star fruit, acai berries, or “horned” cucumbers, indulging in tropical fruits gives your taste buds an exciting change. It also gives you a bumper crop of health benefits. Antioxidants and other nutrients in these foods help reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.
  • Call a Good Friend - Good friends are good for you -- it's as simple as that. Whether you see them every day or once in a while, friends foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and self-worth. Friendship even keeps you on a mental even keel. So grab the phone, stretch out on the couch, and give your best buddy a call.
  • Sleep, Baby, Sleep - Between a busy day of working, working out, and running errands, who has time to indulge in a good night's sleep? You do. Sleeping well tonight is not only important to ward off fatigue, it will also help you learn and make memories. The pros say most adults need seven to eight hours every night. So rest easy tonight -- your body will love you for it.
  • Move It, Move It, Move It! - What if you had a magic elixir that could lift your mood, help you sleep, increase energy, and even spark your sex life? You don't need a mystic brew for all that. You just need to get moving! Don't call it exercise. Just call it a walk around the neighborhood, a tussle on the lawn with the kids, or digging in the garden. Ten minutes of each could even lead to fewer colds and a boost in brain power. So get moving!

  • Get a Manicure - Those hands of yours are like busy bees. They fly over a computer keyboard, wield hammer and nails, tuck in the kids, hug your honey, scrub, brush, floss...Whew. Indulge these dedicated workers with a manicure. Like massage, a manicure involves contact with another person through touch, which not only makes you feel pampered, it may even improve self-esteem. Now that's a stress reliever.

  • Rent a Funny Movie - Go ahead, laugh it up -- it's good for you! Studies show that a good belly laugh takes the zap out of stress, pumps up your immunity, improves blood flow, and stabilizes blood pressure. A good chuckle may even help keep blood sugar levels down and aid digestion. Just anticipating laughter seems to reduce stress. You may start feeling better just standing in line at the video store.

(source from medicinenet.com)