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    Posted on 23 Dec 2015

    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Every Day

    Need to wake up? Just sniff an orange.

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    1. Smell the skin of an orange for a natural mood booster.

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    Studies have shown that orange essential oil helps boost mood and alertness, and can reduce anxiety. If you don't keep the fresh fruit on hand, buy some bottled oil and dab a drop on each wrist or massage into your temples for the same effect.

    2. Get in touch with your appetite by eating ​˜mindfully˜​. This means eating your meals without any distractions

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    Put simply, mindful eating means sitting down at a table instead of in front of a screen and chewing your food slowly, rather than scarfing it down. You're more in touch with how hungry you actually are this way and are less likely to overeat.

    3. Put a tissue with a few drops of lavender oil inside your pillowcase before bed.

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    This easy, at home ~aromatherapy~ trick will help you sleep deeply and peacefully.

    4. Do as your dentist says, and floss your teeth.

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    Flossing is important for gum health and will make your mouth feel super fresh. A new study has shown that flossing can even play a role in preventing heart disease.

    5. Take care of your eyes by following the 20/20/20 rule.

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    Staring at a backlit device such as a smartphone or laptop all day is straining on your eyes. The 20/20/20 rule reduces this. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and let your eyes wander over something six meters (20 ft) in the distance.

    6. Schedule in some time to meditate - even if it's just 10 minutes.

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    Taking just a little bit of time to sit, chill, breathe in, and breathe out can make a big difference to the flow of your day. If you're new to meditation, start with an app like Headspace, which guides you through the process.

    7. Stretch it out.

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    You don't have to be a dedicated yogi to give your muscles a good stretch. These 10 are easy and effective.

    8. If you catch the train or bus to work, get off a stop early and walk.

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    Besides being an easy way to increase your daily step count, getting some fresh air before heading in to the office is a good way to clear your head.

    9. Make a habit out of drinking herbal teas.

    10. Avoid the heavy use of technology outside of work hours.

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    This is not to say turn off your phone the second you leave the office, but also try not to be glued to a screen right up until you go to sleep. It will help you to switch off.

    11. Try to get to bed an hour earlier than usual.

    12. Practise a little self-love and exfoliate with this sea salt and olive oil scrub.

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    Get the directions here. For more two-ingredient, easy DIY ideas, read this post.

    13. Pay attention to your posture, especially if you work most of the day from a desk.

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    Be mindful of the way you hold your shoulders and neck. A laptop stand is a good investment for slouch prevention. This ergonomic guide is also helpful.

    14. Always take the stairs.

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    Climbing the stairs instead of riding the escalator or elevator is one of the most simple yet effective ways to sneak in some physical activity.

    15. Pre-prepare meals and snacks on a Sunday evening.

    16. Step away from your desk! Try eating outside.

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    Even if all you can manage away from your desk is 20 minutes at lunchtime, getting some fresh air can make such a difference to your mood and afternoon productivity.

    17. Pick some booze free days throughout the week.

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    If you know you're in for an inevitably boozy Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday, consider saying no to a glass of wine at your chilled Monday night dinner. Balance is key.

    18. If you add a sweetener to your coffee or tea, try using less or cutting it out completely.

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    This is an easy way to reduce your overall sugar intake.

    19. Grab or make a green juice.

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    This is such a quick and easy option when you feel like you're not getting your adequate veggie intake.

    20. Eat at home more often, and plan your leftovers.

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    Besides saving yourself from the hidden salt, fat, and sugar in bought meals, you'll save cash. When you do eat at home, make extra so you don't have to worry about dinner the next day.

    21. Take a big water bottle with you everywhere you go.

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    Carrying a water bottle is the best way to ensure hydration throughout the day. Try and avoid plastic by choosing a more durable option such as glass or steel.

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