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We all love a good moan over the housing crisis, the state of our hair or that annoying friend who stood us up for brunch plans, but actually, complaining it pretty bad for you.

One study found that complaining about work can be really bad for your performance and your mood. 

So while muttering darkly about someone stealing your yoghurt from the fridge or how uncomfortable your chair is might seem cathartic, is actually has an impact on how you perform in situations. 

One study in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology found that there is a huge difference between chronic complainers and those who keep their issues to themselves.

A group of volunteers kept a diary for three days, reporting on their mood and how well they’d slept the night before . 

They then described something negative that had happened at the office that day, and how that made them feel, and how they reacted to it, before completing the third entry about their mood. 

The researchers found that those who complained about their negative work experience performed worse that day, and the day after. 

As we're not ones to bottle up our emotions, we don't think we'll be taking this event to heart anytime soon.

After all, if we had nothing to complain about, what would we even discuss?

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So, growing up we were told how drinking milk would help us grow big and strong, and how eating carrots would make us able to see in the dark – and while the latter may be a slight exaggeration, for the most part, our mums were right. 

A nutritious diet is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, the benefits of which stretch far beyond the size of our waist or clearness of our skin. 

Certain foods can have positive impacts on brain function and mental health, with new research suggesting that a well-stocked spice rack is good for more than just adding flavour to your favourite dishes. 

A new study has found that turmeric, a colourful ingredient often found in curries, could help improve memory and lift your mood. 

Curcumin, a chemical found in the popular spice, is being hailed by researchers as an anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties, which, when consumed regularly, could help those suffering with age-related memory loss and mental health conditions.

“Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer's disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA's Longevity Center and study author.

For the study, conducted by the University of California Los Angeles and published in the journal American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 40 participants aged between 50 and 90-years-old all presented with mild memory complaints. 

The group was then split in two with half assigned 90 milligrams of curcumin twice daily for 18 month, while the other half were given a placebo. 

Results showed that those who consumed curcumin saw significant improvement in both memory and mood, with some performing up to 28 per cent better in memory tests. 

The study concluded: “These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years.”

Better get cooking, ladies!  

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In today's world everyone seems to be SUPER busy.

Whether it's going to events, the gym, preparing meals, nights out with friends, work – it's like we barely get a minute to ourselves.

Yet, when we are run down or are feeling low, it's hard to know where to put the blame.

A million and one quotes (and now memes) have been written about the value of time and how precious it is. But I think the real question is, how can we make the most of it? Is it running ourselves ragged between work and play or is it taking a small bit of time out for ourselves to recuperate and recover?

Performance vitamin Berocca teamed up with health and wellness expert Pat Divilly to see how people can boost their productivity from day to day.

Pat's outstanding story saw him leap from having to borrow bus fare from his father to return home to Galway and then beginning his business with fitness classes on Barna beach to his current occupation which sees him give motivational speeches all over the world.

We asked Pat what we think are the most important things to consider in our lives, and how we can boost our moods and productivity in just a few simple steps:

 

1. A lot of people work with websites, social media, computers, etc nowadays and find it hard to break away when they have time off? What's your advice for stepping away from your laptop/mobile screen?

Sit in any restaurant and you'll see couples, groups of friends, colleagues or families buried in their phones. We've become so used to constant busyness and distraction that we need to re-train ourselves to be comfortable away from the 'noise'. We all lives busy lives but 10 minutes of time with a loved one without a phone in your hand would mean a lot more than 60 minutes of giving a small fraction of your attention to them. 

In terms of switching off from work in the evening, when I'm working I'm working and when I'm off I'm off. I used to find myself buried in work but in the back of mind thinking about my plans for the evening. Then, when with family and friends I'd often find myself distracted thinking about work I didn't finish. Most of us spend so much time in that grey area that we need to find an off time in the evening where we switch off from work mode. That'll mean less procrastination and distraction during the work day but the off time gives us a goal time to get our work polished off!

 

 

2. One of your tips is to "know what you want from life." For people who might not know, or who are struggling to find their vocation, what road would be the best to go down?

One great way of looking at this is to identify times in your life where you've been at your happiest and seeing what sort of vocation could provide some of these experiences or similar feelings. For example if you're happiest times were travelling and meeting new people is there a way you could pursue these kind of experiences in your work life? 

Most of us spend our lives working crazy hours to have the money to do the things we love in our spare time. So what if you could find work that allowed you to pursue at least some of your passions during your work day?

Another great exercise is to write out in detail what your perfect average day would look like in as much detail as possible. Who would you live with and where? What would you do for work and what type of people would you work with? What would you do in your spare time? This exercise can open people’s eyes to the reality that this 'perfect day' oftentimes isn't as far away as they think and is financially within reach.

 

3. When faced with hard tasks in work, and indeed, life, what's the best way to move forward and face the challenges?

I think in any area of life when things go pear shaped our gut reaction is to focus on the negative aspect of the issue. People often dismiss positive thinking as 'airy fairy' but to me positive thinking is saying- “Yes this has gone very badly, how can I make things better” rather than dwelling on the problem. Whatever we focus on tends to magnify. So if you focus on a loved one’s negative traits you'll only see the negatives in them even though there are plenty of positives. The same with a problem. Focusing on the problem is like looking in the rear view mirror. To move forward you've got to focus on the solution, or the windscreen!

 

 

4. Would you have any advice for people who are unhappy in their job and want to change it?

For those who are unhappy in current job but unsure of their next move I think the best thing someone can do is commit 100% for 30 days to giving their job everything they can. We can get dejected and frustrated with work, go through the motions and focus on the negatives. With work taking up 1/3 of our lives I think we need to do everything in power to enjoy our work day as best we can.

So for 30 days even if unhappy in the workplace focus on being the most helpful, friendly and enthusiastic employee in the job. Giving your job (regardless of how you currently feel about it) everything for 30 days will massively increase your confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

 

5. What's your top 3 tips for getting through a rough day and finding the purpose behind it all?

Acknowledge and help those around you. Generally when are stressed or miserable it boils down to us being too focused on ourselves and our problems. When we look to help and acknowledge those around us it takes us out of our own heads and gives us a sense of pride. 

A gratitude journal is a great way of shifting your mode from negative to positive. It's easy to see other people’s highlight reel lifestyles on social media and feel hard done by, but when we begin writing down all the things we are grateful for in life it shows us how lucky we really are. 

Along with the gratitude journal it's great to write down a way you could have made the day better and 3 small steps you can take the next day to get you back on track.

 

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When we’re having a bad day, it can be so easy to dive straight into the dark abyss and stay there till the next day.

Nobody likes being in a bad mood so why not try some ways you can perk yourself up and feel better in no time.

1. Bake
The smell of cookies is enough to get anyone happy so get baking for an instant mood lift. If you’re not the measuring type, just buy cookie dough. It totally still counts and we won’t tell a soul.

2. Work out
Exercise is known to lift your mood and make you happier so get those runners on and hit the road. The hardest part is always getting out the door – remember that. If weather is against you, try doing a simple video on YouTube in your bedroom for some you-time.

3. Read
Picking up your favourite book, or a brand new one will transport you to another world and hopefully allow you reflect on what has you in a bad mood.

4. Drink tea
Having a quiet cuppa makes everyone a little happier – right?

5. Use essential oils
Inhaling scents such as grapefruit, lemon, neroli or ylang ylang are known to lift a bad mood and clear the mind. Fill a hot bath and add some drops of essential oil, inhale and relax…

6. Call a friend
If you’re feeling down about yourself, call someone you love and tell them how you feel. A few loving words of advice can have you on the right track in minutes.

7. Paint your nails
Looking down at lovely manicured nails and feeling good doesn’t make us shallow and don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. If you’re feeling blue, book a trip to the nail salon, pick the brightest, happiest colour you can find and sit back. Sometimes we all need a small pick-me-up after all. 

8. Eat yourself happy
In general, eating makes us pretty happy. But particular foods can be great for lifting your mood so chomp on things such as nuts, fish, chocolate and spinach for an instant mood boost. 

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Some things can just make our day really, really, bad. And then more often than not, things happen to make it EVEN WORSE. 

1.Woke Up Late
Great, no shower. 

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2. Stubbing Your Toe
Oh, the pain and frustration are immense. 

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3. Poured Out Cereal But You Have No Milk
Someone will pay for this. 

NOOOOO

4. You Left the House Without Deodorant
And it's one of those really horrible clammy "close" days. Gah!

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5. Rain
No sure, I mean why would it be sunny?

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6. Bus is Full to Work
It doesn’t even matter if the person beside you is a normal person. You hate them right now. They are in your bubble.

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7. Your Hair-tie snapped
Mid-run….You may kill someone. And then rob their hair-tie. 

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8. Work
Maybe if you hadn’t had to get up to go to the place that slowly diminishes your soul, you wouldn’t have stubbed your toe and you would be fine right now, watching Gossip Girl and eating hummus.

Congratulations-universe.-You-win.

9. Bit Your Lip Walking into Work
WHY does this place hate you so much?!

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10. You Didn’t Get That Promotion
What’s worse is the stupid guy who did get it. 

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11.  You Realise You Are Forever Alone
Your brain thought today was a great day to make you realise it.

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12. Everyone Else Seems Extra Happy Today
Be thankful there is only 24 hours in the day. Go home, wash off the day in the bath. Forget everything, get in your jammies and watch what ever terrible TV you want. You deserve this. Tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow will be sunny.

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We’ve all caught the whiff of sun tan lotion that bring us right back that amazing holiday with the girls, or a certain aftershave that makes us go weak at the knees.

Well, there’s a science behind it!

Our smelling response is directly linked to the emotional centre of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff.

But aside from their memory-inducing powers, certain scents can also do amazing things for our mind and body.

1. Lavender
As a go-to scent for relaxation, lavender can help calm the mind and body almost instantly. Next time you’re having trouble getting some shut-eye, try turning to the soothing scent for a little help.

2. Cinnamon
This cosy-smelling spice is great for boosting your brain power. Researchers found that those who took a whiff of cinnamon noticeably improved in brain functions like working memory and attention span.

3. Pine
There’s more than one reason why pine trees bring us cheer around Christmas. A pine scent could be decreasing our anxiety. In one study, participants who went on a walk through pine forests reported significantly lower depression and stress levels. Use that as an excuse the next time your family wants to get rid of the Christmas tree right away!

4. Freshly-cut grass
The fresh scent of cut grass may be making you happier. Scent researchers found that a chemical released by a newly-mowed lawn can make people feel joyful and relaxed. The aroma may also prevent mental decline as you grow older.

5. Citrus
Scents like lemon and orange are not only well-known for their Vitamin C properties, but simply sniffing the fruit can help boost energy and alertness.

6. Vanilla
Researchers found that taking a whiff of the vanilla bean elevated people’s feelings of joy and relaxation. The results were measured through mood mapping, which included emotions ranging from happiness and stimulation to apathy and irritation.

7. Peppermint
In addition to giving you sweet breath, peppermint may also do your brain a favour. Known for invigorating the mind, it’s even been used as an aid for students when taking tests.

8. Jasmine
This floral scent has serious mood perks. The jasmine is not only said to create a sense of alertness, it can also help when you’re feeling blue. Pretty powerful for such a tiny flower!

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