25 Natural Foods to Boost Your Immune System

As the number of coronavirus cases is increasing rapidly day by day, it has become necessary to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. One of the most important ways, you can protect your body from infection is by boosting your immune system. Immune system is made up of different organs, cells and proteins that work together to protect your body from viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies that cause infection or disease. Considering the current situation of COVID-19, there is a particular public interest to boost immunity.

Healthy lifestyle plays an important role to strengthen your immune system. If you are looking for ways to prevent from illness like Viral, Flu & Bacterial infection, you should focus on your daily intake of food. Sometimes, the natural way is the best way to get perfect results. Many people are not aware of how significantly our diet can help to boost our immunity. Studies have shown that some fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-oxidants which can reduce inflammation and boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. This is why eating the right food is essential for your health.

Everyone should plan their meals to include these 25 natural foods to boost their immune system and fight against infection and viruses.
Start with the following immune boosting foods:

1. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are sweet and sour due to the combination of sugar and citric acid in them. Citrus fruit is associated with the production of white blood cells which are the key factor to fight infections. These are the best source of vitamin C, an anti-oxidant and immune-supportive nutrient. Our body does not produce or store vitamin C, so we need a small daily intake to be safe.
Here are some popular varieties of citrus fruits: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, kiwi, guava, strawberries and tangerine
How to have it:
You can make classic fruit chaat with a mix of fruits, nuts, lemon and rock salt.
You can also take homemade fresh juice by adding mint leaves, basil leaves or a pinch of ginger.

2. Papaya

It is an incredibly healthy fruit for preventing such illnesses as ear infection, cold and flu. It’s loaded with various nutrients which are needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. These fruits are also famous because of their vibrant color and sweet taste. Papaya contains protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain which can help lower inflammation and fight disease.
How to have it:
You can simply cut a papaya in half, remove the seeds with a teaspoon and enjoy.
It can be added to salads, smoothies and other dishes.

3. Watermelon

Watermelon is an immune boosting fruit. It contains only 46 calories per bowl but it is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and many other nutrients. The watermelon is a cheery red color due to lycopene, an antioxidant. It’s a powerful antioxidant to have anti-inflammatory properties.
How to have it:
Watermelon slices are the most common way to enjoy this fruit.
Make a fruit salad with watermelon and sprinkle lemon juice, rock salt and black pepper powder.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are sweet, low in calories and incredibly good for your health. Blueberries are a power house of antioxidants especially anthocyanin which gives blueberries both their blue color and many health benefits. In addition, blueberries are rich sources of vitamin C, copper, iron which all are helpful to boost your immune system. It is said that blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity among all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
How to have it:
Adding blueberries to your smoothie or your favorite oatmeal is a convenient way to eat.

5. Gooseberry

Gooseberry is also known as Amla. Gooseberry is an excellent source of vitamin C and beta carotene. It has eight times more vitamin C than orange. It has many health benefits like boosting your immunity, metabolism and prevents from several bacterial infections and diseases.
How to have it:-
You can take it in the form of fresh juice, powdered form or can be added in pickles, jams, dips or spread.
Drinking two teaspoons of amla juice with one teaspoon of honey can be a great for instant relief from cold or cough.
Amla is readily available as Chyawanprash, Amla juice, Amla candy and Amla murabba.

6. Apple


Apple is one of the most popular fruits in the world. There is a saying,”An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apple is enriched with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fibers. Apple contains quercetin and pectin- type of flavonoids that will help to boost your immune system and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Peeling the skin removes much of the fiber and the majority of flavonoids. So, it’s better to eat without peeling them.
How to have it:
Cut the apple, sprinkle the chaat masala and ready to eat.
Sliced apples can be added in any salad as they have a great sweet taste and pair well with cheeses.

7. Garlic


It is one of the most widely used spice that adding extra flavors to the food. It is also known as immunity boosting superstar. It has a significant antibiotic property to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for the thousand years. It contains a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin which is helpful to boost your immune system.
How to have it:
Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day will help to cure the cold and also build your immunity. Simply take your garlic cloves and smash them a little and use it in your authentic Indian style recipes.

8. Ginger


Ginger is one of the most widely used natural food consumed as a spice and medicine for treating Sore throat, Joint Pain, Flu, Cold and many more illnesses. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that has antioxidant properties which is helpful to boost your immunity.
How to have it:
Ginger can be used fresh,dried or as a powdered form.
Add some grated ginger in boiling water for at least 10 minutes, add some lemon juice and honey in it and enjoy your detox tea.

9. Broccoli


It is a dark green leafy vegetable. It is a super charge of vitamins and minerals which includes vitamin A, C and E along with other anti oxidant and fiber. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a chemical compound which is helpful to prevent from diseases associated with inflammation. It is one of the healthiest vegetable you can put on your table.
How to have it:
Eat broccoli raw to get the most nutrients. If you like to cook broccoli, steam it for about 5 minutes.
Try adding broccoli into any other salad recipe you like.

10. Red Bell pepper


Red bell pepper adds flavor, color, and crunch to many dishes with low calories. They are one of the most nutrient-rich foods, loaded with vitamins and minerals. Red Bell Pepper contains twice as much vitamin C as compare to citrus food. These are also rich sources of beta carotene which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision.
How to have it:
Add them to soups, sandwiches, wraps, salad and Italian dishes.

11. Spinach


It is a leafy green vegetable. These are rich sources of vitamin C, beta carotene and many other antioxidant which increases infection fighting ability of your immune system. Spinach is one of the best veggie that you must include in your daily diet and enjoy a variety of nutritional benefits.
How to have it:
Spinach smoothie, spinach soup, spinach dal are easiest and healthiest option you can try.

12. Sweet Potato


Sweet potatoes are sweet, starchy root vegetables. They come in variety of color including- white, purple or yellow. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibers. One sweet potato gives you 400% of vitamin A which is essential for our general immune system as well as good vision. The purple-fleshed sweet potato contains anthocyanins which makes the vegetables an essential dietary source for the prevention of inflammation in the body.
How to have it:
They can be enjoyed with or without skin and can be baked, boiled, roasted, fried or steamed.

13. Carrot


Carrots are loaded with a lot of minerals, fibers, vitamins C and vitamin K. Carrot contains high level of beta-carotene which acts as an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful bacteria, inflammation and viruses. This vegetable is said to be perfect as it is very cheap and easily available in our market.
How to have it:
Carrot can be eaten raw, boiled, fried, or steamed.
Add carrot juice to your daily diet to strengthen your immune system.

14. Mushrooms


Mushrooms are fat-free, low-sodium, low-calorie, and cholesterol-free. It can add great flavor and texture to any side dish. Fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to your plate. They’re packed with fibers, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain powerful antioxidant called selenium,that is very effective in protecting your body from any free radicals and helps to strengthen the immune system.
How to have it:
Add them to soups, sandwiches, wraps, casseroles, and Italian dishes.

15. Tomato


A fruit that’s often treated as a vegetable.Tomatoes are loaded with a substance called lycopene. It gives them their bright red color and many other health benefits. Tomato is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. These two components help the body to get rid of harmful free radicals in our blood.
How to have it:
Fresh tomato juice, flavored with some rock salt, is a refreshing way to begin the day when it comes to boost your immunity.
There are plenty of ways to add tomatoes to your diet as wrap, sandwich, Indian curries, salad, pasta, soap, the salad being the most common option.

16. Almonds


Almonds are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are key factor to fighting off cold, cough and sickness that ultimately promotes a healthy life. Almonds are the world best sources of vitamin E which works as an antioxidant and prevents inflammation.
How to have it:
Eating raw almond is good but soaked almond gives you more health benefit as it removes the harmful chemicals naturally present in the nuts.

17. Eggs


Eggs are a low-calorie food that keeps you fuller for longer. They are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. They are also rich sources of selenium, vitamin B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Eating two eggs a day can greatly help fight off infections and keep the body healthy.
How to have it:
Eggs can be added to many dishes and prepared in numerous ways, including boiling, poaching, frying, scrambling but boiled eggs have shown to be the healthiest methods of preparing eggs.
Omelets can also be a nutritious way to eat eggs by adding more veggies in that fluffy mixture.

18. Yogurt


A bowl of fresh, creamy and homemade yogurt is another great addition into your diet that can stimulate your immune system. Yogurt is full of calcium, vitamin D, protein and healthy gut bacteria. The live bacteria (probiotics) present in yogurt works on building your immunity and lower your chances of various illnesses and infection.
Study shows that eating a 7-ounce dose of yogurt (about 200 grams) is just as effective in boosting immunity as having medicines instead.
How to have it:
Yogurt Bowls make a great breakfast or snack by adding pieces of fresh fruits,nuts, seeds and additional toppings as you like.

19. Green Tea


Green tea is the most recommended beverage by nutrition experts which is absolutely delicious to taste. It is very helpful for losing weight and one of the best sources for fighting off a cold. Green tea contains a catechin called epigallocatechingallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant which will help to enhance your immune system. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which increases the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
How to have it:
Have a cup of green tea every day by adding honey.

20. Ashwagandha


Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that has been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. The herb is also called Indian ginseng or winter cherry. Ashwagandha has many beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and antioxidants which can help to boost your immune system. Moreover, it also reduces the level of a stress hormone known as cortisol that relieves stress effectively.
How to have it:
Ashwagandha can be taken in the form of powder or tablet or syrup.
Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna that can be mixed with warm water and honey.

21. Giloy

Giloy is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used in Indian medicine for ages. It is well known for purifying the blood and boosts your immunity. Giloy contains anti-oxidant properties which fight free-radicals, keep your cells healthy and get rid from diseases. Giloy can also help people who have chronic fever as it is anti-pyretic in nature.
How to have it:
Take 2-3 teaspoons of Giloy syrup, add some water and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning once a day to fight against viruses.
You can take Giloy in the form of Giloy syrup or Giloy capsule.

22. Turmeric


It is a key ingredient in Indian curries and has been used for centuries as a traditional herbal remedies for sore throat, cough, and cold. It contains a powerful chemical compound called curcumin which gives turmeric its vibrant orange-yellow color. Curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin also has beneficial effects for patients of arthritis, allergies, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.
How to have it:
The best way to have it in hot milk with crushed almonds.
Add 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in lukewarm water. Have it every day in the morning.

23. Sunflower Seeds


Sunflower seeds are an extremely healthy snack. They are full of nutrients, including phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamins B-6. They are rich sources of vitamin E that helps your body fight off infection.
How to have it:
Add them to a salad, trail mix, or sprinkle over roasted veggies.

24. Raw honey


Raw honey is a natural immunity booster. It is the best remedy to cure a sore throat since ancient times. Raw honey can be used as a substitute of sugar. Raw honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body against bacteria and also boost your immunity.
How to have it:
Mix one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice in warm water, and drink it regularly in the early morning for better immunity as well as weight loss. Honey can also be consumed with herbal tea and apple cider vinegar.

25. Dark Chocolates


Dark chocolates are semi-sweet with a slightly bitter flavor because of its high cocoa and less sugar composition. It is made from the seeds of cocoa trees.Dark chocolate is extremely helpful in fighting of a cold. The cocoa in dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids that can reduce inflammation and help regulate your immune response. Chocolate with a 60 percent or higher cocoa content is packed with full of nutrients and antioxidants.
You can take approximately 1 to 2 ounces or 30-60g as per expert guidelines.

Now you have understood the best immunity boosting food, let’s discuss a recipe for kadha that will also help you with the process here. Try having it once a day on an empty stomach.
Ingredients:
5-6 fresh basil leaves, ½ tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp ajwain, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp black pepper powder, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp rock salt, 1 tsp lemon juice
Add all ingredients in 300-400 ml water and boil it for 15 minutes on medium heat. Pour it in a cup, squeeze a lemon juice and enjoy.

Along with healthy and varied diet, you should also follow these measures:

  • Exercises
  • Proper Sleep
  • Don’t do stress
  • Avoid drinking
  • Try to avoid infection by washing your hand frequently and disinfect areas.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to boost your immune system. Please feel free to share your experience. Have you tried any one of above? Please share it in the comment section.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Nirali.

How to Stay Positive During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, people are dealing with outbreak of pandemic COVID 19. The novel Coronavirus has infected 12.4M people across the world and the death toll rate has crossed 559K as of 10th July 2020. It is spreading rapidly day by day. Nations are under quarantine. We hear about the same disappointing news every day on TV, newspaper, social media or talking with friends/family.

In this global pandemic, we are facing difficulties to maintain our mental state of mind because of staying at home, social distancing, isolation, fear of unemployment , economy instability, break in daily routine, fear of getting infected, anxiety, depression and uncertainty. It has badly affected our industries like Hotel, Travel and Tourism, airlines, education and many more. It will be challenging for everyone to stay positive and optimistic in this stressful environment.

Staying positive in today’s pandemic environment must be priority to all of us. One should try to learn positive mindset approach towards life and focus on all that is good in their life. This positive mindset will help you to utilize your energy in the right direction. It will help you to accomplish your dreams and goals and bring you happiness and satisfaction even during tough times. It is often said that good things happen to those with good positive mindset.

Here, there are some essential tips to stay positive, focused, optimistic and productive.

  1. Create Fixed Routine
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Take a Break from News
  5. Learning New Skills
  6. Stay Connected
  7. Eat Healthy and Sleep Well
  8. Laugh More
  9. “Me” Time
  10. Playing Games with Your Family/Partner
  11. Do House Hold Chores Together
  12. Cook Special Meals for Your Family
  13. Helping Others

Create Fixed Routine:-

Fixed Routine has become more important for all of us when we are self quarantined and working from home for almost 4 months. It will bring a sense of purpose in our life. You should try to make fixed schedule about your food, exercises, studies/work, daily activities and sleep. If you are doing work from home, create a dedicated work space to stay focused and limit yourself from distraction. You should try to stick with fixed routine so you don’t feel bored and down. It can help you to be more productive in your task.

Exercise:-

It should be the main priority of your daily routine. It will help you to increase your overall health and well being. It can have a positive effect on your mood by releasing tension, anxiety, fear and depression which are caused by coronavirus pandemic. It can also strengthen your immunity which reduces your risk of illness and infection. During exercises, your body releases chemical like endorphins which is helpful to improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It can act as a stress reliever. You can start with any kind of home based exercises like stretching the body, yoga, weight lifting, jumping jack, skipping, aerobics and walking. So, try to include an exercise routine into your day.

Meditation:-

As per Wikipedia, Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear state. One should start their day with a mindful meditation for at least 15 minutes. It brings our brain into an alpha state which will help you quiet your mind; achieve deep relaxation, increase happiness and positivity. It cleanses and nourishes you from within. So, mind becomes completely fresh. I generally prefer it in the early morning instead of doing at any time. It will help you to stay positive throughout the day.

Take a Break from News:-

You could watch 24 hours news channel or read countless article regarding coronavirus and overload your mind with full of negativity, anxiety and fear. Too much news consumption can also affect your positivity and sleep. Instead, one should try to avoid looking up for the news every time. You should choose specific time of the day from reliable resources to keep yourself updated from the current news and try to skip watching the news when you wake up or before going to bed to stay away from negativity.

Learning New Skills:-

If you have thought about acquiring new skills, this is the perfect time for us. We should use this time as an opportunities to learn a new skill such as new technologies from online resources to expand our knowledge, any musical instruments, art-craft activities, painting, cooking /baking, reading or whatever makes you happy. Do something creative and be engaged to utilize your energy in right direction.

Stay Connected:-

Staying connected with friends & family is one of the most important ways to keep your mind positive and manage your mental health during self isolation. There are plenty of ways available to keep in touch with your loved one via telephone, email, social media or video conferencing. Talk with your friends/ families that make you feel better and charge yourself with positive energy.

Eat Healthy and Sleep Well:-

You should take care of yourself by eating healthy food that boosts your immune system. You should increase your intake of fruits and veggies which provides you essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. There is a close relationship between diet and mood. Healthy diet can significantly change your mood and well being.

Adequate sleep is the one of the influencing factors to stay positive. A good 7-9 hours of quality sleep is essential for reducing your stress. It helps you to forget about a bad day, to feel refreshed, to start your day with full of energy and positivity.

Laugh More:-

This is also one of the most important steps you should do to stay positive and optimistic. Thanks to the huge popularity of YouTube and Web series, there are thousands of funniest videos that can help you to feel relaxed and happy instantly and take off your mind from current event. It is said that laughter is the best medicine. A laugh reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine and increases the level of endorphins which can help you to feel relaxed. It also improves your blood circulation and strengthens your immune system. You should also try out happiness or laughter yoga.

Me” time:-

Staying at home all the time can be really stressful for everyone. So, “me” time is required to avoid irritability and negative emotions which is generated through global pandemic. Spending time with yourself is very important thing that can help you to increase productivity, gratitude, happiness and positivity. It also provides you opportunities to look at yourself and prioritize your important tasks. Sometimes we become very busy in our daily routine that we forget about the following questions.

  • What do we want to achieve in our life?
  • What is important for us?
  • What is our goal?
  • What is our plan?

So, we should start taking time for self discovery to find out those answers. We should schedule some “me” time everyday at least 30 minutes just for you. By doing these, you will feel more focused, motivated and positive during these tough time.

Playing Games with Your Family/Partner:-

One of the things couple/family should do is playing games. Playing games keeps our mind engaged during this anxiety producing environment of COVID-19 pandemic. Researcher has found that playing game releases oxytocin (love hormone) when couple spend time together in these activities. It can help us to increase our logical thinking, improve our relationship and make our life more fun. You can play Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Clue, Jenga, Quirkle, Pictionary, Dominion, Cards, Ludo, Carrom, Tic-Tac-Toe and many more.

Do House Hold Chores Together:-

Most of the people are not taking any domestic help or maid servant to protect their family from spread of coronavirus. So, considering these situation, the house hold chores should be taken care by all family members. We should make a list of chores and divide the responsibility and duties between each of the family member. So, no one can get irritated and burdened with the workload. It can be really a fun event. According to new research, especially couple who do chores together are happier and create a strong bond between them.

Cook Special Meals for Your Family:-

Restaurants might be closed in your area or you might not be comfortable to order it from outside as a preventive measure against coronavirus. It has given us opportunities to cook a meal for our loved one at home and make them feel special. You can take advantage of freely available information on YouTube and experiment with new delicious recipes and be master in cooking. It will also help you to protect your family against coronavirus by avoiding outside food.

Helping Others:-

Helping others is not only good for that person but it is an easy way to make you feel better instantly. A study shows that it will enhance your overall sense of purpose and identity. One should protect their self and be supportive to others who might need some extra assistance. It will help them to live their life comfortable in these difficult times by maintaining social distancing.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to keep away all the negativity and stay positive throughout tough time. Did you try any of the above tips? Please feel free to share your experience.

Stay at home, Stay positive and follow the government’s guidelines to slowdown the spread of coronavirus.

Related: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Related: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Nirali.

How to Resolve Relationship Conflict

In relationship, disagreement and conflicts are unavoidable. When two people live together, it is almost impossible to view all the things from the same perspective. Conflict arises whenever person has personality differences like as different values, opinions, needs,interest, communication gap, arguments over responsibility , authority, misunderstanding, ego clash ,independence, freedom and they are unable to find a middle way. It results in solid arguments, physical abuses, violence, anger, feeling of being defeated and loss of peace and harmony. It can happen in any relationships, but the matter is how we are dealing with it.

Relationship conflict can be extremely stressful which can have a negative impact on our health and happiness whether with a partner, relatives, parents, sibling, friends, co-workers, clients. If we can handle it appropriately, it can bring people close together.

During conflict, we always consider ourselves right –that’s why it can be very difficult to resolve. But, when you are able to resolve conflict successfully, you can develop strong and healthy relationship with anyone. Here you can find some effective tips which will be helpful to handle your next argument in a healthy way. Keep Reading. 🙂

Find Out Root Cause of Problems:-
First major step for resolving conflict is to identify the origin of the problems. If you don’t know about the root cause of the problems, you are not able to find out the proper solution and conflict will never end. Without finding root cause, it will waste your time, frustrate you and make the conflict longer. You should ask lots of question to yourself to clarify the root cause of problems which can help you to resolve it much faster.

Listening Skills:-


Listening skill is one of the best ways to resolve conflict as it allows you to understand other’s thought in an effective way. So, one should try to listen what other person is saying without interrupting them and should not form a counter argument. We should pay attention towards what they are telling instead of preparing responses and thinking about how wrong the other person is and jumping to the conclusion. Active listening can help you to establish trust and understand about their perspectives, opinions, emotions and needs.

Keep Calm and Be Respectful:-


You have to control your own behavior and responses because everyone should be treated with respectful way even during conflict.

Staying calm during conflict is one of the most difficult challenges that we all face. We can learn to stay calm during conflict. Deep breathing is a best way to stay calm and relaxed which also help us providing best solution for our problems. So, take a deep breath for at least 5 minutes while you are in the middle of heated arguments. It will trigger a relaxation response in our body, restrict ourselves from reacting and interpret other person’s emotion.

Don’t Blame:-


We have the tendency to blame others because it’s very easy to make someone else responsible for everything what happened rather than considering yourself. We give our full efforts by blaming them to win the arguments at any cost. But we should stop blaming others and put our energy on understanding each other’s points and try to shift our conversation from blame to resolution. It will help us to nourish our relationship.

Stick to One Issue:-


Whenever we fight with someone, we always drag some other issues which are happened in past and start complaining rather than solving current issues. For example, fight happens due to lack of attention towards household activities and we start arguing about all the past issue to win the battle instead of solving current issue about finishing household activities. So, you should be specific about what is exactly bothering you and focus on one issue until it gets fully resolved. Instead of dragging every issue, you should discuss about the current issue and letting go of the rest which will help you to save your time and energy.

Forgiveness:-


Researcher who studied about conflict agreed that forgiveness is one of the important factors to resolve conflict. There is a saying,” Resentment is like drinking a poison and hoping it will kill your enemies”. If you hold on hurt, anger, pain, resentment, regret, thoughts of revenge, it will only affect your health.

When you forgive, your mind releases the negative thoughts and emotions which bring you back your happiness and well-being. You literally make yourself free through forgiveness. By forgiving, you will be able to see all the positive sides of the other person who hurts you. It allows us to move on without resentment or revenge and sustain our peace, hope, gratitude, kindness, respect and joy. You should also apologize for any words and actions you used during conflict.

Take a Break: –


Sometimes it’s very difficult to continue discussion while doing heated arguments. If you are not able to find out middle way and generates negative vibes, you should take a break from the discussion until you both settle down. It will give you time to calm down and identify more focused viewpoint on the issues. One should stay apart from the fight at least 30 minutes to get relaxed that will quickly help you to release frustration.

Talk Face to Face:-
The only way to avoid further misunderstanding is through face to face conversation. Communication through email, chats, and phone calls to discuss about an issue is an ineffective way. Talking to people face to face is the best way to see other person’s expression, hand gestures, body language, feelings, attention and sympathy which can help you to convince other person easily and the conflict can easily solved.

Compromise:-


If you want to resolve your conflict, you have to learn how to compromise. It’s very easy to say but hard to follow in a daily basis for everyone. So, one should try to learn this approach for the betterment of their relationships. For example, if your partner/friend wants to go outside for party and you want to stay at home? Compromise to go outside and avoid arguments. Learn to compromise sometimes and find out the middle way of the problems which will ultimately provide you more satisfaction, happiness and peaceful life.

Hope this will help you to resolve your next conflict in a healthy way. Did you try any of the above tips? Please feel free to share your experience. Really excited to know which tip works for you.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Nirali.

Effective Tips To Overcome Failure

Ask the question to yourself, what is exactly the failure? As per Wikipedia, it is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. It could be failure in exam, job interview, business or in relationships. Have you ever faced failure in your life? If the answer is yes, this is one of the best articles to give you the proper guidelines to overcome failure.

It is almost impossible to live our life without experiencing some kind of failures. Failures are actually a life lessons which helps you to become more resilient. If we can handle our failure appropriately, we will be successful and happy. It is a significant part of goal achievement. It also provides an opportunity to start the things again. Successful people do have a positive mindset to overcome failure. For example, we all know about Thomas Edition’s life. He was fired from his first two jobs. Edition made 1000 unsuccessful attempt for inventing the light bulb. But when someone asked, “how do you feel after failing 1000 times? At that time, his answer was,” I did not fail 1000 times but the light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.” We should try to learn this kind of approach in our lives.
Here, I am providing you most effective tips to overcome Failure.

Accept Your Emotion:-
When you fail in your life, your mind creates variety of uncomfortable emotions like embarrassment, anger, anxiety, stress, sadness, fear, shame and low self esteem .If you suppress those painful feelings, it can have negative effects on your health, relationships and your future success. You should try to recognize and accept each emotion as it comes to your mind. It’s okay to feel bad for sometime instead of refusing the emotions. When you accept it, your pain will go away faster. It will ultimately help you to remove negativity and provides clarity of your future goal. One should also be optimistic and keep going forward in their life.

Learn From Failure:

It is said by Bill Gates that its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Failure should be our teacher. We cannot predict our life without failure. Everyone does mistakes in their life. We have to keep those mistakes in our mind and try to avoid them in the future. It is also important to have a great attitude to turn failures into success by doing it intelligently and more hard work next time. You will eventually realize that it will teach you new lessons and will provide new opportunities in your life.

Don’t Give Up:-

Life journey is not an easy for anyone. It is filled with full of challenges, hard times, pain and failures. But it is also filled with endless opportunities. Whenever you are facing the problems, giving up always seems to be the easiest option. Don’t let anything stop you from your goal. The person will get succeed who do not give up and keep moving constantly. So, don’t quit, success is just one step ahead of you.
It is said by Vince Lombardi,” Winners never quit, and quitters never win”

Rebuild Self Confidence:-
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence in yourself. If you fail in life, it does not mean that you can never do these things again. You should keep going and believe in your abilities. You should try to rebuild the confidence level by reminding past success and qualities in you. To rebuild your self confidence, you need to be kind to yourself, treat yourself as a child and give compassion to yourself, accept yourself and try to learn from your imperfections. Self acceptance is the key factor to feeling confident.

Be Fearless:-

We should not be afraid of failure. It is said by Paulo Coelho ,”There is only one things that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure”
We are afraid from criticism by others. We think too much about what other person will think. Whenever you feel fear, try to feel grateful about yourself. One should try to fill up their brain with what they actually want in their life. You can take advice and help from others to become brave and fearless. You can also visualize about worst case scenario and you will understand that you can still survive happily after failure. It will improve your mental strength which is required to turn your dreams into reality.

Keep Dreaming:-


It is said by Walt Disney ,”All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to peruse them”.
You should keep chasing your dreams and follow your passion. You should be passionate about what you are doing. There might be many obstacles to achieving our dreams and we might fail many times but still we should keep dreaming big .One should always have a dream in his/her mind and spend time to visualize them. We should focus and envision about our dreams.By doing these, you will feel more positive which will enhance your performance in the future.

Practice Refreshing Techniques:-
Failure can have a negative impact in our brain like higher level of anxiety, stress, depression, demotivation and anger. Sometimes people start consuming excessive amount of alcohol, drugs and thinking suicide to get rid from emotional pain. But one should remember that running away from the reality will not change the situation. At that time, refreshing the brain is very important task for us. For that, you have to keep yourself busy and introduce some changes in your daily routine. This will protect your mind from any kind of negative thoughts. You can talk with your friend, take deep breathing, go for a walk, do meditation, playing with musical instruments, take a vacation, read a book, read inspirational failure stories, helping others etc. By doing these, you will keep your mind sharp, clear and focused; relives stress and depression and improves your well-being.

Stay Positive:-


Failure is always heartbreaking and we can’t get over it in a day. It will take time to recover and get back from the failure. It is said by Winston Churchill,”Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”.
One should try to repeat positive affirmations like as “I can do anything”, “I can handle the entire situation”, “I will be successful”, “I am getting better every day” etc. If you can stimulate a positive mind set, you can easily overcome failure without losing anything. You should surround yourself with positive people who can encourage you and motivate you to fulfill your goal. It might not be easy to stay positive every day after what happened but you have to get started .One should avoid over thinking about what things went wrong and start making new plan and try to execute next time more effectively.

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10 Techniques To Control Your Anger

Do you always get angry whenever something unexpected happens? If the answer is yes, this is the perfect article to provide you relevant information to controlling your anger.

The reason behind getting angry is that our expectations are not fulfilled by others or we are forced to do some actions which we dislike. It is a natural, healthy emotion. But it’s important to deal with in a positive way. If you are not able to control your anger, it can become problematic to your Health or Relationships. Controlling anger does’not mean that you will never get anger. Anger control is required for helping you to avoid health-risks and improve your relationships around you.

In this article, I have explored 10 most effective ways for controlling your anger.

Recognizing Anger:-
You should recognize your anger before learning any techniques to control it. You need to recognize the psychological signs of anger. Some psychological signs are ; anxiety, stress, raising your voice, sweating, sad, depressed, increased heart rate , grinding your teeth, etc. You also need to answer these questions like what people/event/surroundings make me angry.  How does my angry behavior affect others? What do I do while feeling angry? Do I hurt myself by taking pills? Do you break things around you? Do you hit other person? You need to continuously ask these questions to recognize your anger severity.

Counting Down:-


You always heard this technique so many times from our elders. But we never tried to implement it in our life. Counting down is the greatest way to forget about the current situation and feel better. One should start counting down from 100 to 1. It gives you a chance to think before act. This technique is very simple and still very effective.

Repeat A Mantra:-
Whenever you become angry on someone, you should try to repeat a mantra or a word or a sentence that can help you to calm down. It can be like “OK” or “All is well” or “Relax” or “Take it Easy”. Repeat that word again and again to yourself which will ultimately help you to reduce your anger.

Talk To Someone:-

It is very important to express your anger in front of the one you trust the most. Talk to your friend about what is bothering you. He / She could be your best friend/ Partner/Family member who can probably provide you the solution. While doing so, it will help you to release your pain and make you feel better.

Think Before You Respond:-


When we are getting angry, we are out of control & abuse the person that we will regret later. You should be careful with your words. One should take a few moments before saying anything and think whether it is appropriate. By doing so, you can avoid hurting other person. Eventually, it will improve your relationships.

Listening Music:-

Music is the best way to feel relaxed and happy. One should start listen their favorite music. By listening favorite music, your mood will change instantly and you will feel better. It will help you to forget about your anger. Also, one should start playing musical instrument like guitar, piano, etc.

Write Down In Your Diaries:-
Writing down your feelings / expressions is proven to be the most effective way. It is one of the best tools to express your emotions. You can write whatever you feel and let your thoughts flow freely. It will help you to figure out your anger triggering thoughts. By identifying your triggers, you can easily try to control the responses to those triggers. It will surely improve your mood and manage your anger.

Do Exercises:-


Physical activity can help you to reduce your stress and anger. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which give you a positive feeling in the body. You can go for a walk or do yoga or go to the gym or some breathing exercises. It will improve your mood and decrease the feeling of anger, anxiety and stress.

Practice Empathy:-


There is one saying,” Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes”. It means we need to understand his/her experiences, challenges, thought process etc. It is very critical to empathizes with them who are angry on you.  No one is born with empathy, but we should try to practice it to reduce anger feeling. It is so easy to dislike someone and being judgmental about them. Instead of this, we can all judge each other with kindness and empathy. By showing empathy to others, you are also being kind to yourself and feeling happy. It can help you to slow down your aggressive behavior.

Laugh:-


The last thing you can do is laugh. It is the best medicine to get over from negativity. It can help you to release the frustration. By doing smile, you can stimulate positive vibration for yourself and you will get to know that whatever had happened had a reason behind it. Sometime, you should let it go and laugh over that matter and you will find how insignificant it was.

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5 Tips To Deal With Jealousy

When did you feel jealous last time? It is very natural feeling to be jealous for other person. It is an inevitable emotion that everyone has experienced throughout their life. But when we are so blinded by jealousy that you spend all of your time with same thought, then it would create problem in your life. If you have affected your life with jealousy, it may be demolish your self esteem and confidence. We are feeling jealousy about other’s success, strength, life-style, education and relationship. Overcoming jealousy is like changing any emotional feeling or behavior. Here, you will find 5 most effective tips for dealing with jealousy.

Recognize Your Jealousy:-


It’s natural to be jealous. The first step to deal with this uncomfortable feeling is to recognize it. You need to admit yourself about being jealous. Are you being jealous of everything about anyone has? Are you being jealous of your best friend/colleague/Sibling because he/she is in a great position? One of the main causes to be jealous is for materialistic things like my friend has a lot of money, luxurious house, physical appearance, best job, and best family. One should try to find out the exact reason for their jealousy. We should control our reactions and try to concentrate on our own behavior.

Stop Comparing Yourself With Others:-


Why do you need to compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can replace you. Everyone is unique with his/her own capabilities. Another fact is that, there must be something that makes you unique. One should try to find out their own uniqueness rather than comparing. Some people are good in teaching; some people are good in dancing, singing, cooking or painting. Instead of being jealous or competitive, you should be happy for their success and get inspired by them.

Appreciate Yourself:-


It is a very good habit to appreciate other people, but you can’t forget to appreciate of yourself. For example, you might be jealous if your friend who is more attractive, rich, successful in her/his life. At that time, you should explore the areas of interest that you are good at and be proud of who you are. Self appreciation is one of the most important things for boosting your confidence. It is about being grateful for you. It will increase our satisfaction level and reduce the feeling of jealousy and comparison.

Count Your Blessings:-


Jealousy arises from feelings of insecurity, low self esteem and low confidence. But; you have countless reasons to be thankful for the life what you have been given. For example, if we purchase a small car and one of my friend purchases luxurious car, we might get disturbed and feeling jealousy. It’s a human nature to constantly having better than their relatives and surroundings.

There is a saying,”The art of being happy is to be satisfied with what you have”. Whenever you are feeling jealousy, start writing five things you are thankful for. One should try to count their goodness in their life. It will make them happy.

Let Go Of The Jealousy:-


It’s a human nature to get stuck sometimes in a single thought. First step is to remember that we have a choice in letting go. One should try to stop thinking and worrying about it. You have to let go of those Jealousy feeling from your heart and soul. You should forget them to make your dreams come true and focus in the direction of your dream.

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Move On After Breakup

Did your lover/ partner recently break up with you? It’s very hard to face this situation alone. Nowadays, many youngsters are facing same problems. But, it is not the time to watch sad movies and listen sad songs. It’s the time to learn new things. It is the opportunities that you are getting to find yourself and improve yourself for the better future. When we are involved with someone, somehow we forget about our life journey and destination. No one can help you to move on after breakup except yourself.So, one should take a breakup as their opportunities. I am giving you some advice which will help you to get over after a breakup.

Meditation and Exercise:-
After breakup, we are suffering from the constant pain. We feel like that we are the only one who is facing this problem. So, the meditation will give us focus and concentration of our life journey. It will help us to get rid from negative thoughts. It is the good way to release our pain and frustration. By doing exercise, we will feel healthy physically as well as mentally and it will nourish our life.

Positive Affirmation:-
We should tell a little daily positive affirmation to ourselves. It can help us to remind that we are an awesome person with variety of skills. After a breakup, our mind generates lots of negative vibrations for ourselves as I was not perfect or I did not deserve happiness or I will not be successful for the future relationship etc. The best thing we should do to get rid from these thoughts by constantly feeding self positive affirmations. So, we can find peace and acceptance for ourselves.

Stop Blaming Yourself:-
We regret after a breakup and believing responsible and start humiliating ourselves. We all are taking this as our personal failure. Remember simple rule of life if you love yourself, everyone will love you 🙂 So, this is the best practice to make you feel happy and love ourselves. It is the time to institute unconditionally self love. As a result, it will increase our self esteem and confidence.

Reconnect With Your Friends and Society:-
One should talk with their friends and make new friends. You should share your feelings with them. They might have faced the same situation before and could advise you from their experiences. You should try to reach out them on social media like Whatsapp, Instagram or Facebook which can lead you for online meet up and friendship. You should surround yourself with person who makes you feel comfortable. You will be surprised that how many friends you have with you who really love you and care for you.

Keep Yourself Busy:-
This is the best solution for any pain. If you are busy, you will forget about everything. You should keep yourself busy with the stuffs you enjoy the most like reading books, watching web series, playing games, dancing, listening music, learning new skills, etc. One should start explore what they want to achieve in their life.

Carrier and Job:-
One should take the breakup as an opportunity for their carrier and growth. You have stopped everything while you are in a relationship. Now its best time to think about your carrier. Your life is ultimately your own. And this can be a great opportunities to reflect on your goals and dreams. This is the time to prove yourself that you can do anything.

Spend Quality Time With Your Parent:-
When we spend quality time with our parents, we will get an opportunity to bond with them on deeper level. It can help to create strong bonds, love, connections and in coping with challenges and pain.

Makeover Yourself:-
The end of the relationship means the beginning of the new chapter in your life. You should find out what kind of makeover you want for yourself. You should do something to change your physical appearance and mental state of mind. It may be a new haircut, straightening, joining gym etc, whatever the change you want to feel better for you. You should purchase an outfit that makes you flawless and wear beautiful jewelry. It will help you to boost your confidence level. You can treat yourself for massage,facial,Mani-pedicure etc. When talking about makeover, I am not telling you to focus only on the outward change in appearance. But you must apply this makeover concept to your emotional state of mind by doing meditation and exercises.

Going On The Vacation:-
Travel can be definitely a good thing when you want to forget about the old memories and recreate the new memories. Along the way, you will discover the new things. It will show you how beautiful the world is. So, one should travel to that spot which you have always wanted to go. It can also help you to make new friends.

Block Them On Every Social Media:-
It’s recommended to keep yourself away from your past. This is the only way to stop following that person’s daily activities. For example on whatapp,you will be checking online status frequently and eventually becoming sad by knowing that person might be talking with some other person which will disturb your mind. So, it’s one of the ways to move on.

Start Dating Again With Slowly:-
There is saying that the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. You will start enjoying hanging out with other person again. Love can happen twice if you are ready to forget your past. One should be optimistic about their life and be open minded to enter new person in your life. One should indulge in relationship with someone else until they forget their past totally 🙂

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Healthy Marriage Relationship

Marriage is not supposed to be easy for any couple. It requires long term determination. Many people will tell you that marriage is hard and I agree with that because it requires your full attention towards your partner. It requires your constant show of affection, love and support for each other. It’s very difficult for everyone to handle all these in stressful life.

Relationship is very fresh and exciting during honeymoon period. We are constantly learning new things and getting new experiences for each other. We are constantly focusing on each other. Our aim is to make other person happy during first 6 months of marriage life. After that period, our feelings for each other is same but we are surrounding with so many things like work pressure, family pressure etc. The girl has to adjust in new environment. It’s difficult for her because she has come with different set of thoughts. So, the fight will start at the end. In each and every fight, both are right but who on the earth will tell us about more right person. As our aim is to proof our self right, this fight will increase day by day and we are insecure and fear about our relationship. I figured out some points which we have to remember and implement in our marriage life to make it healthy.

Love:-
Love is the most important thing in marriage. If you love your partner, you are able to do everything for his/her happiness. When you are in love with your partner, you always think about being together. Love is giving them last bite of chocolate, no matter how much you want it.  One should show his/her love in front of their kids. It is very important for children to see their parents loving each other and give them a sense of security.

Respect:-
Respect means how we treat each other on daily basis. Respect is reflected how we are talking with each other in front of others. If you disagree on something, you are still able to respect and value of each other’s opinion. You should speak with her/him very politely and kind way especially in front of others.

Honesty:-
One should maintain honesty with their partner. It may be financial and emotional. You should not ever try to hide anything with your partner because it will hurt you at the end. If you do something wrong, try to tell your partner as like your best friend. He / She will definitely understand and support you. Your partner should be your best friend rather than only husband or wife and should be able to share anything with you.

Fight:-
Fight is inevitable in every relationship but one should be more concerned how far it goes. It depends on our mutual understanding of each other. If it lasts for one day or a few hours, it is a healthy relationship. But if it lasts for a month without communicate with each other, it won’t be healthy relationship. You are able to communicate with open mind and honest way. One should never go to sleep with an unsettled fight.

Acceptance:-
We are expecting so many things from our partner. We have to accept each other for who they are and should not try to change as that change is temporary. This is the same person you have selected before so just accept it whatever he/she is. One should accept likes / dislikes of partner.

Appreciation:-
Appreciation is required in every relationship. If your spouse is helping you or doing something for you, just appreciate him/her saying he / she is the most important person of your life.

Forgiveness:-
Forgiveness is the key factor of any healthy relationship. If you have done mistake, one should be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness. In this way, matter will be resolved easily with lesser time and the mind will remain positive.

Quality Time:-
You should spend quality time with each other which makes you feel refreshing. I am telling you one of my aunt’s lifestyle. She is 70 yrs old and still drinks early morning tea with her husband to spend quality time. So, decide to spend few minutes with your partner without distracted from other things. Also, you should arrange a small trip quarterly to spend quality time with each other.

Celebration:-
Celebration plays an important role in this generation. I am not telling you about every day celebration. It may be as simple as eating street food with your partner or it may be eating dinner in 5-star hotels. It varies from your lifestyle but the important thing is to celebrate it. You can also take a small gift for her / him to show your love and care. It is helpful to bloom your relationship.

Comparison:-
One should not ever try to compare your partner with someone else. Nowadays, people are always comparing that you are not like my friend’s wife. You are giving me a cheaper gift or not taking care of me like my friend’s husband etc. Everyone has different personality and uniqueness and no one is perfect in every task. We should accept this reality of life. Even siblings are not same with a same parent. So, one should try to find out the uniqueness of your spouse and appreciate them.

Intimacy:-
Intimacy gives feeling of being close, and emotionally connected and supported. As it becomes strong over time, one should be patient and give efforts to build it and maintain. There are difference kind of intimacies apart from sexual intimacy like emotional intimacy, financial intimacy, spiritual intimacy and creative (for example, cooking together) intimacy.

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