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Going for a vacation? Here are tips to follow

People, after being locked-up for over a year now, want to travel and or take vacations. If you have taken a double jab, here are a few tips that will help you enjoy a trip with least worries of catching infection.

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In the last five to 10 years, Indians have learnt to take vacations. So much so that there are many people who take small vacations every three-four months. Others save the year round and go for a long vacation to an exotic place – within or outside of the country. But since the present pandemic hit the globe, all vacation-related travel came to a standstill for many people. Fear of catching infection is high on their list of why they don’t want to or won’t travel.

All that people are concerned about is boosting immunity. In fact, it has never been so high on anybody’s list of priority as it has been now; especially after the second wave of the Coronavirus. Therefore, travelling is a strict no-no for them. However, those who have got jabbed – both doses and more than 15 days have passed since their second dose, can travel and take vacation provided they know how to stay safe, healthy and away from the risk of catching an infection. You would not want to fall sick on a trip, especially on a work trip. Here’s what to do.

Flight travel

If one can afford to travel by flight, it is perhaps a safer way to travel than a train since it has fewer people. But this doesn’t mean you should not travel by trains; as long as you take precautions, maintain social distance, wear a mask and sanitise hands regularly, you are relatively safe.  The most common mistake that people make while travelling is to crowd at the doors just before disembarking. Remember that there is enough time. What is important is to maintain distance. While time is of essence while getting off the train due to time stoppage, the same is not true for flights. A rule of thumb to follow: Follow the instructions given by the air hostess. Even if you are RT-PCR negative and are double jabbed, maintaining distance is still necessary and of utmost importance. The flight will not leave until everyone has got off or got on once you check-in.

Spending time in railway stations, airports or places where people gather increases the risk of catching flu or cold. Following a healthy routine on a trip is hard on a busy schedule, unhealthy food, as well as abnormal sleeping patterns, enhance the problem. Some common health issues that people may face are — backaches to low immunity and stress-induced headaches. These are some of the many problems that routine travellers face. The good news is that there are several ways to travel and keep a check on one’s immunity. This will ensure that nothing puts a spanner on the trip and you enjoy your travel – work or vacation.

Healthy diet

Eating healthy food is always good. It keeps many diseases at bay and you live a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy also keeps many lifestyle diseases like Diabetes at bay. Eating a healthy diet in a routine life is always a good idea because while you can plan for a foreseen trip, there is nothing you can do for immediate travel plans – whether it is for work or personal. When you are travelling, you mostly rely on packed food, ready to eat items or fast food. While it is easy to eat such food items, they interfere with the immune system. Also, if you follow an unhealthy diet even in routine and don’t provide the body with the nutrition it needs to ensure a stronger immune system, it will make you prone to illness while you travel.

Remember, the immune system needs regular nourishment and good food to perform efficiently. Therefore, it is important to follow a diet that is rich in micronutrients and vitamins. While you travel, make sure to pack healthy snacks like protein bars, dry fruits, diet mixtures. You can eat these instead of fast food or unhealthy snacks like chips while on the move.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water is extremely important. A hydrated body can save you from stomach infections, dehydration and many other health issues. Make sure you take a particular amount of water intake daily especially in summers. Always carry a bottle of water while travelling. Keep sipping at regular intervals especially if you are travelling by car. Long hours of sitting can cramp your legs. Drinking water regularly will help. If you are not sure about the bottled water, you can include water-based fruits and vegetables in your diet like cucumber, watermelon, orange, musk melon to name a few. Even while you are travelling, try to stay hydrated, avoid tapped water and avoid alcohol and caffeine-based drinks.

Get enough sleep

If you are travelling for work, it may not always be possible to get seven to eight hours of sleep due to work-related commitment. But try to sleep at least seven hours. Getting enough sleep is important to ensure a strong immune system. Lack of sleep increases the chances of falling ill. Get a good night’s sleep a few days before you travel. This will ensure that you are healthy, active, engaged and safe all through your trip. To get a good sleep, avoid using smartphones or gadgets at night and minimise alcohol and caffeine intake.

Exercise and eat Vitamin supplements

It is not always possible to exercise when you are travelling. But regular exercising and a healthy diet are directly connected to good immunity. Do some simple yoga or stretching exercises while you are travelling. It will boost your immunity. Download a fitness or meditation app to keep yourself motivated. If you are at a hill station, try walking instead of taking the car everywhere. Eat foods like berries, bananas, lemon and kiwi. Have multivitamin supplements. These will help in supporting the immune system.

Keep an eye on what you are touching

This is tough to follow especially when you are on a vacation. You tend to forget when you are enjoying yourself when you are with friends or family. Make sure you don’t touch any contaminated surface and even if you have to, wash your hands frequently or sanitise them. Avoid touching your face before sanitising or washing your hands. Always wear a mask when you are out. Use disinfectant wipes or spray to clean armrests, table top or any other surface you come in contact with. Ask the hotel to properly sanitise the room. Ask if the staff is vaccinated? See how often they sanitise their hands. This will keep you protected somewhat. Make sure the car you are travelling is also sanitised. Make sure that the driver is vaccinated. If not sure, ask the driver to show his final jab certification.

The whole idea of taking a vacation is to enjoy and relive those good memories. If you fail to follow the above-mentioned tips there is a likelihood of catching infection; not necessarily COVID-19. One can catch any kind of infection. Being fit, healthy and ensuring strong immunity should be a lifestyle choice that one has to now follow. It should not be something you only follow before or while travelling. The more you follow a healthy lifestyle, the less you will have to worry about falling ill!

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6 indoor plants and their upkeep

While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others. Here best indoor plants for home in India.

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While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with greenery. Let’s look at some best indoor plants for a home in India.

Rubber tree plant

It is fairly easy to maintain but is fussy when it comes to the amount of water it needs. Here is what you need to know if you have this plant. Rubber plants are rainforest specimens. While they need consistent moistness, they don’t want it to be soggy. Ensure that the pot the plant is in has adequate draining holes.

Use a dish under the pot lined with pebbles to catch extra water. This will keep the roots from sitting in water but provide the humidity as the water evaporates.

Croton plant

Its beautifully patterned leaves can brighten any space. Now that the rains are here in full force, it is important to ensure that you take care of all your plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot. An important thing to keep in mind is that the pot is well-drained. There is moisture in the air, overwatering will harm the plant. Croton also needs at least six to seven hours of sunshine but excess heat will damage its leaves. Try and keep the plant either East or West facing to make sure that the leaves don’t lose their colour.

English Ivy

It looks pretty and while it may look like it is an easy plant to look after, it is not the case. Like any other plant, this plant too will rot and its leaves will turn brown if you overwater them. Before you water it, check the soil. If it is moist, don’t water it. Make sure that the soil is loose and is kept in a well-drained pot. The plant grows in bright light but it is away from direct sunlight. It is a beautiful plan that can be kept inside the home; potting it in a hanging basket is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this plant.

Fern

The delicate curled leaves that unfurl into long, lacy fronds look pretty. Go into the forest and you will find ferns carpeting the floor. They also make a great houseplant. They can grow in any kind of pot — clay to hanging baskets to ceramic and don’t require full sun to thrive.

But Indian weather is different. A plant that may live happily in any other environment needs a lot of care here. They love moisture. During the rainy season make sure you don’t overwater the plant or the roots will rot. You can even spray water on the leaves to lock the moisture in. You can keep this plant in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Green Aralia

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives. It needs a feed once every other month during the spring. During the summer months, the plant needs liquid fertiliser. However, be careful if you buy this plant; it is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

They are best as landscape plants. While watering aralia which is indoors, deep water is only when the soil is nearly dry. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives.

Pitcher plant

It is not always possible to ensure that the plant that you bring is going to live. Hence, it is important to take care of it properly. Let’s take the pitcher plant. So how does one take care of it if one wants to keep it indoors even if it is a carnivorous plant?

Depending on the species, some require full sunlight and those that originate in the floor of the rainforest may need filtered light. It requires moist soil, and keeps the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly after watering and never let the pot stand in water or the roots will rot.

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Mother’s Day 2022: Significance, history, and importance

Being a mother is a full-time job and gets no appreciation-one day where their worth is truly appreciated. Here’swhy we celebrate mothers day.

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Most of us know that Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. But did you know why we celebrate mothers day? The whole idea behind Mother’s Day is to honour the mother of the family, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the important role that they play in shaping society.

Why we celebrate mothers day?

It is said that the need to celebrate this day arose in the 1900s. Back then a daughter – Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – to honour the sacrifices made by the mothers made for their children started this holiday.

It is said that Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the US which serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine today.

Did you also know that different countries celebrate this day in different months? Some countries celebrate this day in March. Mother’s Day in Egypt is celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In Georgia Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 3.

In some countries, the date is adopted to signify religion, like Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is a fixed date, commemorating a battle in which women participated to defend their children. Or in Russia where it is celebrated as International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.

In India, the concept of celebrating Mother’s Day is new. This could be because we have traditionally been respectful of our mothers and have been revering them for generations.

We didn’t need to set a single day aside for them. But then, we (Indians) tend to ape the West and what the West does needs to be done back home.

Irrespective of how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, children go out of their way to make this a special day for their mother. Lunches, treats and gifts are part and parcel of this day’s celebration.

What can you do? Here are some mothers day 2022 gift ideas

For the foodie mom

If your mother is a foodie a last-minute gift can be a meal subscription box that speaks to your mom’s interests. The subscription boxes are becoming popular across India as they select the finest and latest products every month and ship them across to their clients.

As a gift, you can opt for ingredients, or complete meals, including gourmet food and global cuisine. Innovative subscription boxes share recipes and exquisitely packaged boxes that can be used as a collector’s item.

If your mother is all about fitness

If your mom has been looking to shed some weight, a gym membership is a great gift! There are several gyms in each city that offer membership. This would help your mother work.

If your mother is all about looking good

A woman’s body goes through many changes, and protein is quintessential to cope with it. One can gift herbal products to the mother for that perfect skin that will keep her young at heart forever!

 

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5 health benefits of dancing, you might not want to miss

You see it on TV or in films. But did you know that the art form has several benefits of dance movement therapy as well? Read on

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Dance is the purest expression of emotion. World over, dancing has a different meaning for different people and cultures. But there is one thing that is common across the board — it is an expression of one’s emotions through movement. These movements are not always graceful or beautiful and most people don’t even understand them, it’s tough to see a perspective on one’s dance.

What Dance Symbolise:

But dancing is extremely therapeutic. Dance therapy can use various hand movements and creative expressions to promote socio-emotional, cognitive, and somatic integration.

This is based on the idea that the body and mind are inextricably linked. It aids in self-expression, resulting in a shift in an individual’s overall functioning.

One has to remember that dance movement therapy isn’t just for dancers, and it’s certainly not a dance class. A dance lesson emphasises style and form, whereas dance movement therapy does not. In the latter, people aren’t judged on how well they execute the steps or how they appear while dancing.

 

In dance movement therapy, people are encouraged to communicate their feelings and thoughts while moving during dance movement therapy sessions.

Dance treatments are used in a variety of settings, including health, education, and social services, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

It may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of ongoing treatment, rehabilitation or education. The therapy can be short- or long-term. Engaging an individual does not require any dance skills or training just the willingness to move. The focus is on the therapeutic process.

Here’s how it can help

Help differently-abled

Dance therapy can help individuals, with different abilities, capacities and life conditions since it works with their bodies at that particular phase of life.

Benefit kids with autism, ADHD

People with developmental, medical, social, physical, and psychological problems benefit from dance movement therapy.

It has been used to assist persons with learning impairments, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and ADHD, among others.

Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mobility disorders, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and even violence prevention are just some of the conditions that can be treated.

Dance movement therapy can help those who are battling communication challenges, body image issues, chronic pain, and adjustment issues.

Communication tool

As language is not a barrier to movement, it can be used in individual, couple, family, and group therapy forms with people of different ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

Leads to self-awareness

Self-awareness, self-perception, confidence, producing a sense of peace, relational talents, and mindfulness are all benefits of dance therapy. It has been shown to reduce pressure, anxiety, and nerves, as well as feelings of disengagement and body strain.

Faster recovery

Dance movement aids in the learning of how to transform nonverbal movements into insights that can be applied to one’s recovery process.

Each one of us can move, each one of us has a movement language — we call it body language. All of us can dance! The idea of this therapy is getting aware of your body, feeling, accepting, and working on yourself.

People in dance movement therapy are not required to start dancing as soon as the music starts, unlike in a dance class. It’s all about the journey, not the destination!

Disclaimer: The idea of this article is to create awareness and is not meant to be followed without a doctor’s proper advice.

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