1. 1. Chewing Gum Makes You More Alert
If your suffering from a mid-afternoon slump or can’t seem
to concentrate in the morning, then try chewing some gum to make you feel
awake. Coventry University researchers found that chewing mint flavoured gum
dramatically reduced feelings of tiredness. Another study on the subject found
that chewing gum can improve overall test scores and memory by 35 per cent,
relieve stress and reduce anxiety levels.
2. 2. If You’re An Optimist, It Could Help You Live Longer
According to a study from Duke University Medical Center, heart patients who were more optimistic about their treatment, actually lived longer than those who were more pessimistic in their mindsets. Also, according to findings of a study published in the European Heart Journal, people who are optimistic have less chance of suffering from heart disease.
4. 3. Smell An Apple To Prevent Claustrophobia
An apple a day can do more than just keep the doctor away, it can also help with claustrophobia. Apparently smelling a green apple will relieve the stress associated with confined spaces, according to research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Sniffing a green apple can also prevent headaches and migraines and some homeowners even use the scent to make their houses seem bigger to potential buyers.
5. 4. If You’re Tired… Exercise
After a long day at work, going to the gym is probably the
last thing on your list of priorities but research has found that exercising
actually gives you more energy. A study published in Medicine and Science in
Sports and Exercise found that levels of fatigue and depression improved after
a 30-minute session of moderate intensity exercise. This is because exercise
improves your cardiovascular health which means that more blood and oxygen flow
around the body, therefore giving you more energy.
6. 5. Handwriting Things Can Help Your Memory
Research from Indiana University found that in order to remember something, you should handwrite notes, rather than type them. Writing is thought to boost your memory as note taking by hand requires different cognitive processes than typing. For example, if in a lecture you are writing notes, you have to listen carefully to what the speaker has said as it is impossible to write down every word. Therefore through this process, you are listening, digesting and summarising the information more effectively than someone who is just typing words into a laptop.
6. To Cool Down, Drink Something Hot
It might sound counterproductive, but if you want to cool down, then drink something hot. According to a study from the University of Ottawa’s school of Human Kinetics, as the drink is hotter than your body temperature, it triggers a sweat response in the body that more than compensates for the increase. So although it might initially make you feel hotter, a hot drink will cause you to sweat more and therefore the body effectively cools itself quicker.
Posted by Maria Lennartz.