A better life 擁抱更健康的生活
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我們給自己制定健康生活計劃的出發點很好，但要按計劃執行卻不容易。比如：吃得更好，做更多的運動，少花點時間看手機。英國廣播公司的一檔電視節目“健康生活指南”（Easy Ways to Live Well）提出了一些生活小妙招，幫大家實現自己的目標和計劃。本文將討論其中一些幫助改善身體和思想健康的方法。
Vocabulary: lifestyle 詞匯：生活方式
How are you feeling today? Often when we ask people that question, they reply ‘not bad’, or ‘could be worse’. But what would make us feel ‘perfect’? Maybe we could live better by being healthier, less stressed, more?motivated?– but how?
Of course there are many?remedies?for improving our?mental health, but sometimes there are small and simple solutions to help improve our?wellbeing. It’s something the BBC TV programme Easy Ways to Live Well has been looking at.? It suggested several ‘health?hacks’ which the programme’s presenters tried and gave their ‘seal of approval’. And maybe they could help us too.
Firstly, to tackle putting on weight and to cut the?calories, the programme found sniffing peppermint stops our?craving?for a snack.? Presenter, chef and writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says “a scientific theory called ‘mutual competition’ shows that a strong smell can distract our brain from the food we’re thinking about.”
If your addiction to your smartphone is?getting you down, it’s suggested that turning your phone screen grey helps you reduce screen time because a black and white screen becomes less attractive to look at. With recent studies showing our phones can make us 26% less?productive?and increase our stress, it seems like a?no-brainer?to try this ‘dim’ idea.
Fancy a swim in ice-cold water? Well, the BBC programme found a daily?dip?in freezing water gets you used to the stress of doing it and therefore prepares you for other life stresses. And another way to ‘chill out’ is to leave your smartphone at home,?immerse?yourself in a forest, and breathe in the fresh air.?Forest bathing?is the perfect?tonic?for the stresses of urban life.
Other life-improving ideas included things such as singing to reduce pain and?fidgeting?more to get away from our?sedentary?lives. But whatever?therapy?we choose to adopt, it seems any change to our lifestyle can help improve our body and mind.
mental health 精神健康狀態
seal of approval 認可
get someone down 讓某人感到沮喪
chill out 放松
forest bathing 森林浴