7 Stress buster Ideas – Quirky and Quick

It is quite common to feel stressed out in today’s modern life. Whether you are at work or at home or driving a car – different places add up different kind of stress to us. But we need to find out some or the other ways to relieve our stress otherwise it would be difficult for us to lead a healthy life as piled on stress will lead to different kind of health problems hampering our well-being. I thought of 7 stress buster ideas or tips on how you can relieve your stress or at least manage it. I could not find a fun yet effective way to conclude the exciting #BarAThon challenge than sharing 7 stress buster ideas. There are many ways you can choose to relieve or manage your stress but what I’m going to share here are really quirky and quick ideas that I too follow.

Chew gum: This is the simplest way of relieving your stress. Chewing a bubble gum can help you relieve moderate to mild stress. I do it when I feel stressed out. According to researches by the Wrigley Science Institute, Chicago it can help you be more alert and perform multi task. A study has also found that chewing gum also help in reducing the anxiety level in mildly stressed people. This tops my list of 7 stress buster ideas as I do it more often.

Eat chocolate or ice cream: To be honest, this activity is my favorite one. Though I don’t like ice cream much but I can’t stay away from chocolates. Whether I’m a stressed or not I eat chocolate. On a serious note it is seen in the clinical study that eating 40 grams of dark chocolate on daily basis, for two weeks, lower down the stress hormone cortisol among highly stressed individuals. So you have a reason now to buy a pack of chocolate or a tub of ice cream while returning home.

Busting the bubbles on bubble wrap: It is difficult to get a bubble wrap every time you stressed out. But some day you would have ordered something that came wrapped in a bubble wrap. You may find some in your pedestal. When you are stressed, busting the bubbles on the bubble wrap gives you immense relief. You would not know when you have busted all the bubbles. Try it out. It’s fun!!

Do meditation: Meditation is another very effective way of managing stress. You don’t need any particular time to meditate. Whenever you feel stressed do meditation for some time. It will make you feel relax for sure and also calm your mind. Meditation is also highly useful in enhancing your concentration level.

Play with your pet: Do you have a pet at home? There is nothing like it. Play with your pet. This has been proved from a 10-year study that about 4000 Americans found their pets being helpful in relieving stress. I personally had experienced this when I had a Spitz breed dog at my home.

Watch funny baby videos: Have you watched those funny baby videos on internet? They are hilarious and I’m sure those videos will bring smile on your face. I love watching those videos. Whether I’m stressed out or not it is a routine for me to watch some funny baby videos before I go to sleep. It gives me very good sleep.

Hum a tune or listen to your favorite songs: Music is the healer of any kind of stress. Whether you hum your favorite tune or listen to your favorite song they are going to act like a magic. If you know to play a musical instrument that would be even better. I love listening to music and have recently made up my mind to take out my guitar from the closet after many years to play it. No am not any pro in playing the instrument but have started from where I had left.

These are some quick and quirky 7 stress buster ideas that I follow to relieve my stress. And since I’m a foodie, cooking is another stress buster for me and I had always loved cooking. I would like to include one more tip here and that is to talk with someone close to you when you are stressed – that can be your mum, dad, a close buddy, your partner, your siblings or anyone as a matter of fact with whom you love to talk. You would see the magical effect of it. End of the day what matters is to be happy and healthy!!

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How to manage your finances

As the month starts the first thing that comes to our mind is “How should I manage my finances this month?” This is the most common question for every household – especially is you are a salaried individual. It is highly essential for every single person to know the answer for the question “what can you do to manage finances?” However, it is obvious that there would be some unexpected incidents and expenses appear almost every month and we cannot help it but to face it. But if we can plan for at least the regular stuffs that are mandatory for month after month it would help us in tackling the situation in a better way.
According to one of the studies by TIMEabout 58% Americans do not have any retirement plan. I’m writing this article from my personal experiences. Before I started the exercise it was more of an unorganized spending, but after reading a few articles I tried the below few tips as a testing and it worked out well for me as far as managing finances is concerned.

Make a budget: Keep track of all your expenses for a month. It doesn’t mean that you need to limit yourself. This exercise is to only get an idea of your spending during a given month. Make sure you save all the receipts and make note of your cash requirement versus your expenses. Post that figure out the amount of money you are left with when the calendar page turns.

Spend money successfully: Spending your own money successfully signifies thinking wisely before you spend. Always make a smart move before just shedding out your hard-earned money from your pocket. Here you need to understand and successfully analyze between “need” and “want”. If you are able to prioritize “need” over “want” it will help you save a considerable amount of money.

Make smart investment choices: Investment is the key for your future financial requirements. Make yourself familiarize with various investment options available. You might think what would be the benefit of knowing the investment options and approach a service provider to invest in some option just for saving tax. That should not be the approach. You cannot learn swimming unless you get into water. Go ahead to explore and learn about various investment options available to make a sound decision as per your requirement.

Build savings: Start this exercise by putting away as much of your excess income as possible. Ensure to make savings a high priority in your life. Even if you have a small budget, twist your finances a bit so that you can save more than 10% of your total earnings for the month.

You might think that with all the above tips where the room for enjoyment and entertainment is. Yes, that is quite obvious to think – after all we are earning to live our life and you should give that a priority too. The only thing that should be kept in mind is to be a bit more organized in managing finances so that you need not to compromise in any aspect – be it present or in future.

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Sitting in the right way

Working in office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting on a chair – a position that adds on stress to the structures of the spine. Hence in order to avoid developing back problems, it is important to have an office chair that is ergonomic, supports the lower back and also promotes good sitting posture. There are certain factors that needs to be reviewed prior to make a choice to buy a perfectly fit office chair. These factors will allow the individual to make the chair work well for his or her specific needs. Spine-health offers more insight on various conditions, treatments and wellness pertaining to the spine and back pain problems. The Herman Miller write-ups on Ergonomics is a good resource to gain more knowledge on varied topics on Ergonomics. There are certain very important factors that need to be considered while making a choice of an ergonomic chair.

Ergonomic chair
Seat height: The seat height should be easily adjustable with a pneumatic adjustment lever. The normal seat height ranges between 16 and 21 inches off the floor and that should work for most people. This height allows the user to have his/her feet kept flat on the floor with the thighs horizontal and arms are set even with the height of the desk.
Seat depth and width: Generally, a width of 17-20 inches is standard. The depth from the front of the seat to the back needs to be enough so that the user can sit comfortable with the back against the backrest of the chair leaving approximately 2 to 4 inches gap between the back of the knees and the chair seat. The forward or backward tilt of the seat should be adjustable.
Lumbar support: Lower back support is very important in an ergonomic chair. The lumbar spine bears an inward curve and sitting for long time without a support for this curve may lead to slouching, which flattens the natural curve, and it strains the lower spine structures.
Backrest:The backrest of an ergonomic office chair needs to be at least 12 to 19 inches wide. It should be adjustable in height and angle if the backrest is separate from the seat and should be able to support the natural curve of the spine giving special attention to proper lumbar region support.
Seat material: The material on the office chair, both seat and back, should have enough padding so that it is comfortable to sit on for an extended period of time. Having a breathable cloth fabric is preferable to a harder surface.
Armrests:The armrests should be adjustable allowing the user’s arms to comfortably rest on it and the shoulders to be relaxed. The elbows and lower arms should rest lightly, with the forearm not be on the armrest while typing.

Swivel: A conventional or ergonomic chair should easily rotate so the user can easily reach different areas of the desk without straining.

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A Journey to Paper Quilling

I am writing this blog post after I explored and inspired by the creative capacity of my better half – my wife Manasi. I knew and witnessed that she is good at art, drawing, painting and crafts, which is actually her passion. But paper quilling and creating jewelry out of them was a new arena that she wanted to explore, which was a part of Jewelry Designing and Making. She saw a post of a jewelry making workshop (mainly the paper quilling one) in one of the posters and shared the same with me. She expressed her desire to take part in the workshop. I was aware that she had the aspiration of exploring the arena of jewelry designing and making and seeing her enthusiasm I got her enrolled for the workshop.

The workshop was for about three hours and the primary agenda topic of the workshop was to help the candidates to learn how to make a necklace using the quilling paper technique. The first one that she made in the workshop is the one in the below picture. She created only the necklace in the workshop, as the time only permitted for making the same. The workshop ignited her creative avatar to a greater extent and the matching earrings were the creations post the workshop while she was at home.

That’s not all… She did not limited her creativity just to that set of necklace and earrings. She went ahead and started exploring more over the internet and curated ideas of design from her mind. Couple of them are here that worth sharing in this blog post.

Hats off to the workshop that made me to explore a different side of Manasi and I do encourage her to explore more in this arena and follow her passion.

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