- Make your environment conducive to sleep by getting your bedroom as dark as possible. Even the little glowing lights on your alarm clocks and cellphones can affect the quality of sleep. So, shut it all down.
- Take a warm bath with some Epsom salts and soothing essential oils—try lavender or chamomile—and give yourself an oil massage afterwards.
- Keep electronic visual stimulation from computers, cellphones, and television to a minimum, 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
- Wake up early, preferably at sunrise, and go to bed at a decent time. Around 9 or 10 p.m. is best.
10. Laugh Out Loud
The Mayo Clinic says that laughter releases endorphins, stimulates blood circulation, and promotes relaxation. Have you ever had a really good belly laugh that made your tummy muscles ache? Enough said. Watch a good comedy movie, tell funny jokes, and don't forget to laugh at yourself.
Try this: There’s a whole type of yoga called Laughter Yoga that’s dedicated to getting downright silly. Attendees have reported feelings of ecstatic joy and weightlessness.
11. Drink Warm Water and Ginger Tea
Cold water can actually impede your digestive functions. Instead, drink a lot of warm or hot water and ginger tea throughout the day and with meals. Ginger tea also helps to increase Agni (digestive fire) and promote digestion.
Try this: Start off with one cup of ginger tea in the morning, and if it feels right increase your intake to 2 to 4 cups a day.
12. Use the 6 “Tastes” in Every Meal
Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent are considered the six tastes in Ayurveda. Every fruit, veggie, grain, nut, and legume has a particular “taste” or a combination of a few. Ideally you would include these in every meal.
Try this: Keep it simple and use an spice blend that includes flavors such as coriander, ginger, mustard, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne, and sprinkle it on your meals.
It also helps to choose whole foods and make sure your meals have a rainbow of colors.
13. Don't Eat While Feeling Overly Emotional
When you’re preoccupied by intense feelings, chances are you’re not paying attention to the food you’re eating. This can lead to poor diet choices, overeating, poor digestion, and dissatisfaction after a meal. Wait until the storm passes before picking up your fork.
Try this: Breathe deeply and on every exhalation imagine letting the feelings pass. Repeat until you feel clear and centered. Then enjoy some nourishment.
14. Take Your Time Eating
Chewing is the first step in the digestive process. As you chew, digestive enzymes are produced by your salivary glands that assist in breaking down your food. Chewing for a longer period also gives your stomach more time to signal to your brain that you’re full, preventing you from eating more than is necessary.
Try this: Chew your food until it’s as liquefied as possible before swallowing.
15. Eat in Silence
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing like eating a good meal while chatting it up with friends and family. But try eating in silence sometimes too. When you do, you appreciate your food more, and it’s easier to hear your body signal that you’re full, which helps prevent overeating and leaves you more satisfied after your meal.
Try this: Focus on the aromas of your food and zoom in on the textures and flavors with mindful eating. Take your time, be thankful for what nature provides, and enjoy every bite.