Navratri is an important festival that is celebrated with great splendor in India. Over the course of nine days, devotees enter penance with day-long fasts, interspersed with prayers to Goddess Durga and celebratory dandiya in the evenings. The festival marks the victory of goodness over evil and is the bringer of new and happy beginnings.
Speaking of new beginnings, wouldn’t it be a good idea to begin something new to mark the importance of this auspicious occasion? Keeping that thought in mind, OneInsure decided to list down 9 healthy habits that we think everyone must start with on the occasion of Navratri.
Start Your Day with a Light Workout
Starting your day with some mild exercises is the best thing you can do for your body in the mornings. Before you know it, you will begin to feel the difference. Research shows that exercising can lift your mood (boosts endorphins, the happy hormone!) and help you sleep better (helps you achieve catharsis).
Follow a Healthy Diet
Talk about following a healthy diet and many would yawn. Honestly, following a healthy diet isn’t as boring as many people assume it to be. In fact, it can be fun if you know that there’s a variety of healthy options available out there.
Besides veggies, the other things that can become a part of your regular meal can include protein-rich foods in the mornings and afternoons (almonds, oats, greek yogurt, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, eggs, chicken breast, and fish) and high-fibre foods in the evenings and nights (apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, potatoes, dark-coloured vegetables, beans, legumes, and cereals). And of course, drink more water!
We urge you to quit smoking. What’s more, we are equipped with some great reasons too! Ever honestly calculated the amount of money you spend annually on smoking? On average, a smoker who goes through 8 – 10 cigarettes a day spends about INR 5,000 a month on cigarettes. That means that s/he spends about INR 55,000 – 60,000 annually. If someone gave you INR 60,000 a year, wouldn’t you accept it happily? Quitting is just an act of willpower. Opt for healthier, more holistic means of stress-busting! Like yoga, breathing exercises, good music, meditation, and so on.
Start Investing in a Term Plan
Do you have a financial backup that can secure your family’s financial future if you meet an untimely end? If yes, then you’re a responsible breadwinner of your family, and we would like to congratulate you on that. If not, then this Navratri is the best time to begin something new and important. A term plan costs hardly INR 10,000 a year and covers you for close to INR 1 crore. It’s truly value-for-money and the most popular insurance instrument among the urban Indian today.
Spend More Time with Your Family
This Navratri, promise yourself to spend some more time with your family. Here are some interesting things that you can do together as a family:
- Exercise Together – A long walk, a game of football, or just dance wildly to a fast-beat Bollywood number!
- Prepare a “Family Meal” – Get into that kitchen, divide up the duties, and cook up a storm with your fam!
- Watch a Tragic Movie from the 1960s – A family that cries together, stays together!
- Do Seva – Social service for the underprivileged around us goes a long way in imbibing the right values in the little ones. Prepare a simple meal and hand it to the underprivileged. Make sure your kids participate.
These little activities are sure to strengthen your family’s bond.
Get Health Insurance for Your Family
Given the rising cost of hospitalization, having a health insurance policy is becoming increasingly necessary. This Navratri, take a vow to keep your family’s health financially secure with a health insurance plan if you haven’t already. Go for a family floater health policy that provides a minimum of INR 5 lakhs health cover. This would be the best Navratri gift to your family.
Cultivate a Reading Habit
The habit of reading comes with innumerable advantages – keeps you abreast with the world, introduces you to different cultures, helps you gain different perspectives of the world we share with 7 billion others, and so many other things that we could spend hours talking about.
Declutter Your Home
On the occasion of Navratri, excuse yourself some time to declutter your home. Have old books, clothes, electronic items, or other items lying around that you no longer use but could be of help to others? Don’t wait for Diwali – let them go!
Develop a New Hobby
It’s not easy to develop a new hobby as an adult. But you can do so if you rediscover your childhood passion. Go back in time and see what you were most passionate about once. Painting, craft, gardening, cooking, watching movies or documentaries, photography, yoga, sports, writing letters... You have lots of options to choose from. Go for it!
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