what are the tips to help you boost productivity and wellbeing?

By Yukti Sharma - April 15, 2018

Simply listening to bird songs can boost your mental wellbeing for more than four hours, according to new research. And it's not just natures tweets that lift the spirits. Looking at trees or seeing the sky was found to be beneficial to mood too and boost the productivity.
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Here are a few other simple ways to boost your wellbeing…

PUT ON BACKGROUND MUSIC

Of 4,500 workers polled in a study,59% said listening to music at work, improved mood and well-being, While eight in 10 said it boosted productivity. The most popular genres are pop or chart music and folk-in-die. However, the research found just 62% of workplaces played music.

STROKE A CAT

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Dr Meg Arroll, Healthspan psychologist. explain,”Studies have shown ‘purrs’ help to lower stress levels, reduce high blood pressure, and act as a distraction for those suffering from depression. Even watching videos of cats could offer the same benefits.

BUY A FRIEND A COFFEE

Rachel Kelly author of walking in the sunshine:52 small steps to happiness, says,”Research consistently shows that acts of generosity are linked to higher levels of mental well-being. Noble deeds make us more forgiving of others and therefore more forgiving of ourselves.”That boost productivity and wellbeing.

EXERCISE WITH FRIENDS
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It’s the best way to reap maximum mental health benefits, according to a study from the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Those who took part in a group class during a 12-week exercise programme reported reduced stress levels, as well as much better mental, physical and emotional results than solitary exercises.

CONSIDER A LICK OF PAINT

The colour scheme of your bedroom can have a huge impact on your mood and quality of sleep, explains sleep expert Neil Robin-son of Sealy UK.
“Blue is a cool and calming colour, providing a sense of tranquility,”he says,adding “Green represents nature and helps us connect with the natural world, creating a feeling of relaxation  and calmness, while white creates a feeling of serenity and space-making us feel at peace before we settle for the night.”
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READ A NOVEL

Take time out with a book, suggests Olga Levancuka, a life coach. He says,”Avoid self-help books or anything that will make you think you should be doing better in your life. Pick up a ‘page-turner’ and get lost in it.”

WRITE A LETTER

Sit down  and write to someone you love but don’t have the chance to talk to often.suggests to Olga.”The process of putting your thoughts on paper and the prospect of the recipients smile when they get your mail will lift your mood.” he says.
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Smile at three people on your way to work. In a study, researchers showed people a series of images and found that they couldn’t help but smile when they saw other people smiling. Areas of the brain and tiny micro muscles that can only be used with a natural smile were both stimulated, explains Lesley Lyle, positive psychologist and author of laugh your way to happiness.

CHOOSE VANILLA YOGHURT

Those who ate vanilla yoghurt were happier and more positive than those who chose a fruit yoghurt, according to study it may be because we associate vanilla with comfort and the scent makes us feel calmer, say researchers.

ADD FRUIT TO YOUR DIET

A study of 12000 people found the more fruit and vegetables we eat, the better our life satisfaction.

HIT THE SLOPES

A survey found 83% of people believe skiing or snowboarding keeps you young at heart-62% said the exercise helped to keep them feeling young and about 80% of people said snow sports helped them distress and improved their mood.

LIGHT A FIRE
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A real fire produces a distinctive smoky smell that often evokes powerful memories, from bonfire nights to Sunday barbecues. And the crackling and popping sound of a roaring fire, coupled with the orange glow, can lower blood pressure, say University of Alabama scientists.

GO GREEN

Cycling in a park, running over fields or walking along a river can also work wonders for your mood.”Research done in the workplace has found that those exposed to nature had reduced levels of work stress”.

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