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10 ways to beat the World Cup blues

28-03-2015

10 things to beat the World Cup blues

Indian cricket fans react as they watch on television the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal match between India and Australia in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Australia ended 2011 champion India's unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday. © AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade Indian cricket fans react as they watch on television the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal match between India and Australia in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Australia ended 2011 champion India's unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday.

Are you one of those who had put all their Sunday plans on hold to cheer for Team India in the World Cup final? And now that India couldn’t make it that far, you are wondering what will keep you entertained. Well, we give you ten best ways to get over the cricket heartbreak and make it a productive Sunday!

1. Try another ‘Formula’

Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda drives during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. © Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda drives during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Could there be anything better to overcome the cricket Blues? Admit it, you haven’t really followed the action in the fast lane lately. And if you did actually miss out on the inaugural race in Melbourne, here’s your chance to make amends. Malaysian GP, the second race of the season, begins at 12:30 IST on Sunday.

And here is an extra incentive for you ladies, the good-looking Fernando Alonso is back in action after the horrific crash.

2. Some good cinema, maybe?

2. Some good cinema, maybe? © Eros Now 2. Some good cinema, maybe?

If watching sports on your telly still reminds you of India’s defeat, why don’t you head out for a good movie or two? And believe us, there have been a handful of good ones lately that you might have missed with the World Cup fever on. Anushka Sharma starrer NH-10 has got rave reviews and the low-budget Dum Laga Ke Haisha has also received overwhelming response. We’d suggest you to read the reviews and decide for yourself! 

3. Catch up on sleep

3. Catch up on sleep © REX/Mood Board 3. Catch up on sleep

Extra sleep-time never hurts, does it? Sure you must be tired trying to cope up with the Australia-New Zealand time zones – following any bit of cricket that you could before the office hours – sacrificing sleep for your passion. Now is your time to set your body-clock straight and what’s better than a Sunday to recharge your batteries. You do know that lack of sleep results in obesity, right?

4. Shed extra kilos you gained on the couch

Measuring tape on a balance © Image Broker/Rex Features Measuring tape on a balance

You might not have noticed but all the time you have spent in front of the TV this World Cup season, munching roughly anything and everything handy at those odd hours, have contributed generously to your waistline. The good news however is, you wouldn't find it difficult to shed this flab with these easy-peasy 15-minute work-out plans.

5. Try out new, healthy recipes

5. Try out new, healthy recipes © Paul Webster/Food and Drink 5. Try out new, healthy recipes

Healthy eating is vital to any weight-loss plan and now that you have pledged to shed those extra kilos, here are few low-calories dishes that will keep you on track with your goals. Enough of gluttony, people!

6. Turn a new page (browse a new site!)

6. Turn a new page (browse a new site!) © HBSS/Corbis 6. Turn a new page (browse a new site!)

Your passion for cricket aside, when was the last time you spent an hour reading your favourite author? Or any book for that matter? And if you can’t really find anything interesting enough to buy, there’s plenty available on the internet too. Do you know some of the popular women characters in Indian fiction? Take this quiz and find out!

7. Gossip, gossip and more gossip!

7. Gossip, gossip and more gossip! © Getty Images 7. Gossip, gossip and more gossip!

If serious reading is not your thing, you might want to catch up on some latest news from B-town. And no, by Bollywood gossip we don’t mean blaming Anushka for Virat Kohli’s failure. Instead what we are trying to say here is, for example, do you know how Shahid Kapoor met his sweetheart Mira Rajput? Or who slapped whom on which TV show.

8. Tickle your funny bone

8. Tickle your funny bone © REX/Joe Pepler 8. Tickle your funny bone

Alternatively, you can cheer yourself up with a good dose of humour. If funny pet videos and adorable baby clips is your thing, you’d love to watch these on loop.

9. Spend time with a loved one

9. Spend time with a loved one © Jamie Kingham/Corbis 9. Spend time with a loved one

On second thoughts, it’s about time you give your relationship with the TV/laptop a break and take some time out for your loved one or the kids. Why not make up for the lost time by planning a luxurious lunch with your family. Or maybe, try one of these ideas for a romantic date at home.

10. Gear up for IPL

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla and the players during a programme organised to welcome Kolkata Knight Riders - the winners of this year's Indian Premier League in Kolkata on June 3, 2014. © IANS West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla and the players during a programme organised to welcome Kolkata Knight Riders - the winners of this year's Indian Premier League in Kolkata on June 3, 2014.

So you’ve tried all but nothing soothes you better than cricket? Well then cheer-up because Indian Premier League here. While some of you might argue that the quality of cricket in the controversy-ridden IPL doesn’t give you a high, the unfortunate bit is that IPL is your only way of watching the Indian stars in action for the next two months at least. And if you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of ‘God’ in the Mumbai dugout.

The countdown has begun and in case you didn’t know, Kevin Pietersen has withdrawn this season to give his England comeback dream another chance. You wouldn’t have missed out but here is Yuvraj Singh & others who bagged multi-million deals this year at the players’ auctions.

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