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Dussehra, also known as Vijaya Dashami, is an Indian festival that is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil. Evil is not just limited to the outside world, we also need to decimate the evils, or bad habits, that we practice, so that the negative consequences can be avoided.
It may come across as odd, but there is a Ravana in all of us, and it’s growing with alarming frequency. The Ravana here is our bad habits that can take a toll on our overall health.
We know it’s a day that celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the ten-headed demon king Ravana. But on this day, you too can do something to get victory over the unhealthy evils in your life.
A lifestyle with prolonged sitting and lying down, with very little to no exercise implies a sedentary lifestyle. Being sedentary can cause several health conditions like diabetes, obesity, and even mental health issues. To reduce the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, increase your physical activities.
According to a study by the European Society of Cardiology, drinking too much alcohol can give you heart issues early on in life. That’s because it can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, or stroke. It is best to avoid alcohol, otherwise you must always drink in moderation.
If you smoke, it’s the right time to quit it. Smoking raises the risk of lung diseases. In fact, in most cases, smoking leads to lung cancer.
Do you find it hard to say “no” to people? We understand it’s hard to get yourself out of a certain situation, yet saying no is the best solution to keep your mental and emotional well-being in check.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A study published online in the journal Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, showed that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be deficient in important nutrients such as calcium, fibre, and vitamins and minerals. And remember to reap all the benefits of breakfast by having it early in the morning.
Sitting for long hours? Well, physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death by non-communicable conditions. Sitting doesn’t just put pressure on your lower body, but it also obstructs blood circulation, and that’s the reason you feel numbness in your body parts. Besides, it can lead to pain in your spine and weakness in the legs and glutes.
To avoid this problem, after every one hour of sitting, take a small walk for 2 to 5 minutes, practice yoga, and sit on an ergonomically designed chair.
Underestimating dehydration can cost you big time. Be it weight loss or maintaining overall health and well-being, nothing can beat water. Although water is the best thing to keep yourself hydrated, you can also drink certain drinks that can help with immunity such as nimbu pani or fruit smoothies.
Sleep deprivation is the foremost way to invite a number of diseases, ranging from heart issues, obesity, depression to immunity and lower sex drive. In fact, poor sleeping habits can also put people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the Journal Current Biology. To sleep better, do regular exercise, avoid caffeine, and practice meditation.
Overthinking is not just mentally exhausting but it also takes a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional health. To put a full stop to your overthinking practice, regular exercises and meditation, spend some time with nature, try sound therapy, and adopt reading habits.
Do you find yourself racing to the pantry when you are feeling down or otherwise? Well, it’s normal to turn to food for comfort consciously or unconsciously, but emotional eating can cause you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight. You can take small steps to control cravings. For example, find ways to cope with stress, try to meditate regularly, keep a food diary and eat healthy food.
So this Dussehra, these are the evils that must be destroyed!