The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything about the way we live and will continue to do so for some time. Obviously, the biggest change will likely be the way we think about health. Living with the coronavirus is going to change a lot of the ways we conduct our lives and seek treatment for the things that ail us. And while we don’t know for sure what all of those ways will be, we definitely have some clues.
Take a look at what the global health community will focus on in a post-Covid-19 world.
Our biology affects our health in many ways. But did you know that the rhythms in which we sleep can influence our productivity and physical well-being?
Our culture tends to applaud those individuals who are early to bed and early to rise. However, if you’re the type who prefers to wake up slowly and stay up late working the night away, you’re not alone. There is a perfectly logical chronotype to explain your late-night productivity habits.
We’ve dived into the research to help you figure out why your sleep chronotype affects your health, and how you could make the most of your type.
Mental health is not just determined by what is happening inside your head. Your environment plays an important role in shaping you. From a poorly lit office to a cluttered bedroom – all these impact your mental health.
The physical environment affects your psychological health directly. External stimuli like natural light and noise trigger a psychological response in your body. In turn, the kind and amount of neurochemicals that are released into your bloodstream strongly influence your mood, energy level and mental focus.
Another major reason why your surroundings matter is that we spend a lot of time thinking about our living environment. Maybe the dishes haven’t been done or the laundry hasn’t been folded in a week. And it bugs you every time you see it.
Changing your environment can improve your health dramatically. Here are some solutions that you can use to improve your environment and mental health.
For as long as I can remember, writing down my thoughts, hopes, dreams and plans has instantly made me feel better. So to me, it’s no surprise that journaling has so many benefits for your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Trusting your deepest feelings to paper helps to reduce stress, which plays a major role in your overall health. Research shows that emotionally expressing yourself through journaling can strengthen your immunity and reduces symptoms in asthma and arthritis patients. And of course, traditional journaling is also a great tool for self-reflection and personal development, and to rewrite your personal story after traumatic events.
But a diary-style of writing isn’t the only way to keep a journal. Gratitude journaling has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. Study after study shows that writing down 3 positive things that happened that day is one of the most effective ways to feel happier.
Writing by hand also signals to your brain that ‘this is worth remembering’, which is why so many people use a journal to define their (health) goals and visions. If you write and read your dreams, plans and to-dos every day, you’ll be much more likely to actually achieve them.
No matter if you’re looking to boost your health, happiness or self-growth, grab yourself a journal – I recommend the beautiful & inspiring collection from Emily McDowell – and start jotting down your thoughts with these 40 journal prompts!
Over the past decade, more and more people have been eating gluten-free for a variety of reasons.
Not just because they suffer from celiac disease – a serious autoimmune disease in which the digestion of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine – but also because they follow a Paleo lifestyle or a low-carb diet.
Personally, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free foods as part of the Autoimmune Protocol. But there’s one meal I struggle with: lunch time.
You see, I’m from the Netherlands, and a typical Dutch lunch consists of a whole wheat sandwich with cheese or deli meats. We love our bread, so much so that we pack our work lunch boxes with ‘boterhammen’, bring bread rolls on a day out and eat toasties in lunchrooms.
Now when I’m at home, I don’t mind whipping up a veggie-packed omelet or heating up leftovers from last night’s dinner. But on days when I’m off to the playground with my kids, I really miss simply putting sandwiches in my bag and heading out the door. Carrying a thermos of soup around on my bicycle feels like a recipe for disaster, so what other portable, no-heat, gluten-free lunch options are out there?
Before we dive in, let me get one thing straight: gluten are not necessarily your food enemy. Not everyone has to avoid the protein found in grains like wheat barley and rye. But if you do want to go gluten-free, check out these 11 ideas for a gluten-free lunch box.
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