Feel Great—ProntoBetter-mood benefits—like being cheerier, less stressed and more confident—arrive after spending only five minutes outdoors, Dr. Lodge says. The best part? After that measly time, the effects can last for up to two hours.
These insta-pick-me-ups work in 10 minutes of less. Use 'em now, tomorrow or in 20 years. You'll always feel young.
The scent of peppermint incites the trigeminal nerve, which helps cue arousal and alertness, says Alan Hirsch, M.D., a neurologist and the founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation.
Stopping to smell -- or even just look at -- the flowers (any flowers!) can help reduce anxiety and make you feel happier, Dr. Hirsch says. The aroma of a sweet bouquet may also help you learn new things, he says.
Better-mood benefits -- like being cheerier, less stressed and more confident -- arrive after spending only five minutes outdoors, Dr. Lodge says. The best part? After that measly time, the effects can last for up to two hours.
Fiber helps slow your absorption of food, which keeps your energy percolating without a crash later, says SELF experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D. Avoid sugar-bomb cereals, though.
When people are put in a situation that mimics their younger years, they tend to look younger and reap health benefits, says study author Ellen Langer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Harvard University. Who doesn't love a little nostalgia anyway?
inspire: live a better life
Summer and winter tend to hog all the glory when it comes to travel high seasons. Sure, you want to soak up all the time at the beach you can during the summer, and you just want to escape the cold during the last months of the year.
Who just wants to stand around and watch the red and gold leaves slowly fall from their tree branches to the ground as we move from summer to fall? Instead, take in the changing seasons while you're on the move.
In September, I'll turn 38. I'm at the age now where, when people ask how old I am, it takes me a minute to remember. I don't know if that's because I've already been 37 different ages and it's hard to keep straight which one I am now, or if it's because I'm in denial, or if it's because I am going senile. Maybe a combination of all of the above. Regardless, my 30s have flown by and soon they will be but a memory. So, in an effort to preserve the memory I have left (or at least keep a record of it), and to celebrate what has been an amazing decade so far, here are 30 things that have happened to me in my 30s (and will probably happen to you too):
Traveling doesn't have to be stressful. And what you can fit in your carry-on can make all the difference (and not just a fresh pair of socks), especially when you get that low battery signal.
Volunteering (and these other rituals) might be just as good as exercise when it comes to extending your life.
Use these tricks to set a better tone for the rest of the week.
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