10 Ways to Feel Good and Give Good Feels

This International Women’s Day, do at least 1 of these 10 tasks for you and another for someone else, to feel and share better mental & physical health! Girl power!

#1 – Drink to beat PMS

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may help decrease your risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), research shows.

Women who drank the equivalent of about four servings of low-fat milk per day (1,200 milligrams of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D) decreased their PMS symptoms by up to 46 percent. Fortified orange juice and yogurt were also shown to decrease risks.

#2 – Make time for reading

Here’s a scary stat: According to the National Endowment for the Arts, the average American spends only 12 minutes a day reading.

Studies show that regular readers are more likely than non readers to engage in positive civic and individual activities, such as volunteering, attending cultural events or exercising.

So get inspired to enrich your life by picking up a book!

#3 – Go ahead and laugh

According to a new Japanese study, listening to your favorite music or simply laughing for just one hour every other week can lower your blood pressure by five or six points in three months.

It’s comparable to cutting salt from your diet or losing 10 pounds—but a lot more fun!

#4 – Bring aloe to bed

Few things are as natural as getting busy between the sheets—until chemical-laden lube kills the mood.

Nourish your body and your relationship with Aloe Cadabra, an all-natural lubricant made of 95 percent aloe vera. Bonus: It’s even edible!

#5 – Eat like Dr. Weil

Wellness warrior Andrew Weil, M.D., continues to keep the masses healthy with his new True Food Kitchen restaurants, now serving seasonal, sustainable fare in California and Arizona.

Try his recipe for Chicken Yellow Curry.:

  • Sweat sliced carrots, celery, onions and garlic in peanut oil for five minutes.
  • Add 3 cups chicken stock and 1 tablespoon curry powder and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower, peas, 1 cup almond milk and 1 pound roasted sliced chicken, plus desired seasonings.
  • Place 16 ounces blanched rice noodles in a bowl and ladle soup over them.
  • Top with cashews and cilantro. Enjoy!

#6 – Pass the pistachios

Good news for nut lovers: Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that pistachios have 5.9 percent fewer calories than previously thought.

Studies also indicate that people who eat in-shell pistachios consume 41 percent fewer calories than those who buy them shelled. The reason is obvious – it takes work to get them out!

#7 – Rethink reusable bottles

Take your water on the go—without the post-hydrating hassle of a bulky empty bottle. Vapur’s BPA-free “anti-bottles” stand when full and fold or lie flat when empty. Great for airports, camping and stuffed purses.

#8 – Warm yourself up

Feeling lonely?

Physical and social warmth are interchangeable to some extent in daily life, says a new study from the psychology journal Emotion.

So take a steamy bath or curl up with a cup of hot soup to dispel feelings of isolation and exclusion.

#9 – Help a new mom in need

Looking for a baby shower gift that gives back? This one just makes you feel so good.

The 100 percent cotton “Information Blanket is hand-printed with reminders and graphics to help parents keep their babies healthy and safe.

Buy one as a gift, and a second blanket will go to a new mother in Uganda! Or simply donate a blank one on behalf of the mom-to-be. More: www.informationblanket.com

#10 – Grow a garden on your wall

Who says you need outdoor space—or floor space, or even table space—to grow green stuff at home?

Enjoy a garden all winter long by mounting plants vertically.

Find DIY instructions online or invest in a Living Wall Planter.

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