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5 Grocery Shopping Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Stress

If grocery shopping is nothing but a stressful task for you, the following tips are to your rescue:

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View of a grocery store in New York City. Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to grocery shopping, many people just say no to visiting supermarkets. The reason is that supermarkets require you to shop around and then wait for your turn at the checkout counter, which many people like to avoid.

The best alternative to going to the supermarket for grocery shopping is to place the order online using a mobile app and wait for the produce to be delivered at your doorstep from zero to a nominal fee.

If grocery shopping is nothing but a stressful task for you, the following tips are to your rescue:

  1. List your groceries

Your grocery shopping starts with preparing a list of items you’re looking forward to buying. In fact, never go for grocery shopping without preparing a list of items to purchase.

Deciding on what to put into your grocery cart seems a bit too difficult unless you buy the same items every time you go out for grocery shopping. Some people take enough stress when they need to prepare a meal.

Now, in order to reduce your meal-preparing and list-making stress, you should only pick groceries for only one recipe at a time, preferably one that you have never tried. Remember to keep things simple when it comes to life.

However, it doesn’t mean you eat the same things every day for your breakfast and lunch of the week. Whenever you need to go out shopping groceries, make sure to write down the names of every single item that you need in your kitchen.

Doing this will not only cut short the time you would spend the grocery store but also ensure that you buy them all at once.

  1. You don’t need perfect items on your grocery list

Whenever you go shopping at a super/hypermarket for groceries, you must have found multiple foods of a different kind, i.e. All Natural, Organic, 100% peanuts, no hydrogenated oils, etc. mentioned on different peanut butter jars. You must be thinking why the heck there are so many peanut butter types.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets. Wikimedia Commons
One of the biggest reasons why people like to avoid shopping in supermarkets is that they simply want to cut down on checkout wait time. Wikimedia Commons

This is the primary reason why many people get confused when they go grocery shopping. They don’t understand which of the products (of the same category) to buy. To be true, you have to play a game called Choice Overload every time you visit a supermarket.

When it comes to choosing from different items of one kind, simply read the list of ingredients used to prepare the product. Never ignore the nutritional information like others. You must know what you’re going to eat.

  1. Grocery home delivery

Today, we have an option to do groceries shopping from home. In fact, various offline stores offer groceries home delivery at no additional cost. What you need to do is place your order on a phone call and wait for them to be delivered to you.

On the other hand, some offline stores allow you to place your groceries shopping order on a call and then you can go to the store and pick up the whole order at once. The best service is when you place your order for groceries through a mobile app and get the product delivered at your doorstep at a scheduled time.

This not only saves you time but also the energy that you can spend on other daily tasks.

  1. Get a shopping basket and not cart

While at a supermarket, have you ever noticed that they have a small number of shopping baskets and many shopping carts? This is because when you choose to pick a shopping cart, you end up buying more items than you planned to buy in the first place.

This is the reason why there is always a shortage of shopping baskets at these stores. Therefore, never opt for a shopping cart unless you need to shop for a whole month.

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  1. Go shop at odd hours

One of the biggest reasons why people like to avoid shopping in supermarkets is that they simply want to cut down on checkout wait time. Shopping early in the morning or in the afternoon on weekends is the best for almost anyone, as it significantly reduces the time you would spend in rush hours, e.g. evening.

Conclusion!

Since grocery sections in supermarkets are super busy on weekends as well as on after working hours on weekdays, you can choose the odd hours to go shopping. If you can go early on a weekend, you’re most likely to find an empty  grocery store. Else, you can always choose to shop groceries online from your home.

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Here’s How Prolonged Sitting Can lead to Depression Among Teenagers

Prolonged sitting is linked to depression risk in adolescents

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Young people who spend too much time sitting still are at an increased risk of depression. Pixabay

Here’s a health advice. Young people who spend too much time sitting still are at an increased risk of depression, researchers have warned.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, found that an additional 60 minutes of light activity (such as walking or doing chores) daily at age 12 was associated with a 10 per cent reduction in depressive symptoms at age 18.

“Our findings show that young people who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18,” said study lead author Aaron Kandola from University College London in the UK. “We found that any degree of physical activity that can reduce the time we spend sitting down is likely to be beneficial,” Kandola added.

For the findings, the research team used data from 4,257 adolescents, who have been participating in longitudinal research from birth as part of the University of Bristol’s Children of the 90s cohort study.

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Youngsters who are inactive for large proportions of the day throughout adolescence face a greater risk of depression by age 18. Pixabay

The children wore accelerometers to track their movement for at least 10 hours over at least three days, at ages 12, 14 and 16. The accelerometers reported whether the child was engaging in light activity (which could include walking or hobbies such as playing an instrument or painting), engaging in moderate-to-physical activity (such as running or cycling), or if they were sedentary.

Depressive symptoms, such as low mood, loss of pleasure and poor concentration, were measured with a clinical questionnaire. The questionnaire measures depressive symptoms and their severity on a spectrum, rather than providing a clinical diagnosis.

Between the ages of 12 and 16, total physical activity declined across the cohort, which was mainly due to a decrease in light activity and an increase in sedentary behaviour.

The researchers found that every additional 60 minutes of sedentary behaviour per day at age 12, 14 and 16 was associated with an increase in depression score of 11.1 per cent, eight per cent or 10.5 per cent, respectively, by age 18.

Those with consistently high amounts of time spent sedentary at all three ages had 28.2 per cent higher depression scores by age 18, the study said.

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Every additional hour of light physical activity per day at age 12, 14 and 16 was associated with depression scores at age 18 that were 9.6 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 11.1 per cent lower, respectively.

“Light activity could be particularly useful because it doesn’t require much effort and it’s easy to fit into the daily routines of most young people,” said study senior author Joseph Hayes. (IANS)