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An Afternoon Siesta

If one can squeeze some time off from a day, napping is a great option to catch up on lost sleep, feel rested or increase alertness, as many famous daytime nappers like Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci would tell you.

Napping increases our cognitive function, something which is required as we are forced to work in confinement, isolation and under increased stress.

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An afternoon power nap of 10 to 30 minutes are highly reccomended for increasing energy, and longer naps help in general body restoration and increased effectiveness of memory, at the cost of feeling drowsy when you wake up.

Drinking coffee before a nap helps us wake up without the feeling of drowsiness, along with more alertness.

  • Napping helps our brain clean up excess waste products, or ‘brain junk’, providing the brain with replenished energy stores.
  • They prevent instability in the neurological networks.
  • Longer sleep which involves the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage helps in our long and short-term memory, strengthening new connections and motor skills.
  • Frequent napping may cause insomnia and high blood pressure in some people, so one can check how their body functions before building a napping habit.
Milky espresso drinks
  • A cappuccino is milky, foamy and equally caffeinated.
  • A latte is a shot of espresso and steamed milk with a tiny amount of foam.
  • A flat white is like a latte, but made with a velvety, steamed micro-foam milk.
  • A Mocha is a latte with chocolate flavouring.
For straight espresso drinks
  • On the days when you need something quick and strong, order an espresso.
  • Or a doppio espresso which is a double shot.
  • If you want the strength of espresso but with less liquid, order a ristretto.
  • If you want a weaker espresso, order a macchiato. It will come with a topping of foamed milk.
Brewed coffee drinks
  • A pour-over method is used in many high-end coffee shops. It's slowly brewed coffee.
  • If you prefer a heavier flavour, the French press is brewed for about three minutes and could be your order of choice.
  • For the super bold, the red-eye is coffee served with a shot of espresso in it.
Nutella's roots traced to Napoleon

In 1806, Napoleon tried to stop British commerce in an attempt to win the Napoleonic wars.

His actions resulted in a continental blockade which caused the cost of chocolate to rise steeply. But the creative chocolatiers of northern Italy started adding chopped hazelnuts to chocolate to make supplies last longer. They named it 'gianduia'.

In the middle 1900s, chocolate became expensive again due to rationing in Europe during World War II. In 1946, Italian pastry maker Pietro Ferrero added hazelnut once more and created Pasta Gianduja, renamed 'Nutella' in 1964.

It's popularity increased sharply, and it became a popular luxury for Italians. It led to Ferrero (now a global company) having an annual turnover of £6.5bn.

Apart from sugar and fat, Nutella is rich in chocolate. Chocolate contains addictive substances such as tryptophan and phenylethylamine. This causes feelings of excitement and attraction.

American blogger Sara Rosso established World Nutella day on 5th February 2007. It became a global phenomenon. Ferrero took ownership of this holiday in 2015 to allow it to spread further.

The Importance Of Breathing Techniques
  • Many different civilizations have practiced different breathing techniques as a part of their culture and their lifestyles, such as Taoists and Hindus.
  • Proper breathing allows the bodily functions, mental health, and overall well-being to perform better. It is the focal point to distract the self's attention from negative thoughts.
  • Breathing is the lowest common denominator in calming the body and the mind.
  • The power of breathing is evident with people who have breathing disorders. As emotions affect our well-being, so does our breathing.
  • Our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are in control of producing feelings of calmness and the latter, the body's rapid involuntary response to stressful situations.
  • Many studies have confirmed the effects of breathing techniques against anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Although they do not disappear entirely, it helps alleviate their symptoms.
  • It is a popular technique that promotes relaxation by coordinating our breathing, slowly and steadily, with our heart rate, stabilizing the heartbeat.
  • There are many versions to cardiac coherence: 5-second inhale-exhale for a 5-minute repetition or 4-second inhale 6-second exhale cycle.
  • Cardiac coherence’s stabilization of the heartbeat can dampen anxiety powerfully.
  • Breathing techniques have an influence over our attention, wakefulness, and anxiety.
  • They help ease stress and other negative emotions.
  • They have a profound impact on our physiological health including respiratory issues or mental well-being.

You can use them on occasions such as:

  • When you are nervous or stressing out
  • When insomnia strikes
  • To relieve chronic anxiety
  • To counter minor physical tension from stressful situations
  • During the pleasurable moments and for enjoyment.
  1. Stand Up Straight - Good posture enables your body to breathe properly on its own
  2. Follow Your Breath - This focuses on the motions and movements of each inhale and exhale flowing through the body
  3. Abdominal Breathing - This is through breathing with your stomach and chest
  4. Rhythmic Breathing - Often recommended for anxiety patients
  5. Alternate Nostrils - This is breathing through the nostrils alternately in rhythm
  6. Think Reassuring Thoughts While Breathing - You inhale the good, exhale the bad.
There is no ‘right’ way to sit

When it comes to preventing aches and pains, there is no right way to sit.

  • It is a myth that sitting upright is good, and slouching is bad. There’s actually no evidence to support this.
  • Sitting up straight for a while becomes uncomfortable. We all realize this but are quick to suggest sitting upright is the best.
  • Sitting up straight is more socially acceptable than slouching.
  • Slouching and bad posture will not cause chronic back pain.
  • Genetics, anxiety, sleep patterns and stress play a role in poor posture.

Regular chair and desks versus ergonomic work stations do not make much of a difference. If they do work, it is because of novelty and usually short-lived.

  • If you are pain-free and sitting comfortably, you don't need to change.
  • If you experience a bit of pain, play around with your chair and find a better way to sit.
  • If you have persistent pain, try different chairs and find one that's right for you.

Instead of getting up and moving at prescribed intervals, people should just move more.

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