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Are You Tired Of Feeling Tired?

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Are You Tired Of Feeling Tired?

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling tired, wishing that you could just pull the covers back over your head and go back to sleep for a few more hours? Do you find yourself constantly feeling as if you have no energy? A survey by YouGov found that 38% of Americans said that they were poorly rested four or more days a week. According to the Centres for Disease Control Prevention, more than 1 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue. So if you are constantly feeling tired or suffering from fatigue, you are not alone.

If you are regularly feeling tired or exhausted, the first thing to remember is that you should take notice, the second thing to do is to take action. Tiredness and sleep deprivation can cause low energy levels, poor concentration, weakened immune system, poor mental well-being, premature aging of the skin and impaired judgement. Thankfully there are a few simple steps that you can take that will have you back feeling full of energy and ready for the day ahead.

Improve Your Diet

A vital step to improve your energy levels is to ensure that you are eating a well balanced and healthy diet. Eating at regular times is considered an important factor in combating tiredness, as this will help to keep your blood sugar levels steady for longer periods of time. The quick energy boost released by a sugary snack may satisfy you in the short term, but the increased blood sugar levels quickly dip and will often resulting in you feeling even more tired. Try to never skip a meal and instead focus on eating slow burning starches such as oats, wholegrain breads, rice, pasta and breakfast cereals to provide a slow gradual energy release. Eating foods rich in vitamin B12 such as eggs, milk, meat, fish and poultry will also give you a much needed boost if you are feeling tired.

Get More Quality Sleep

Get into the healthy habit of going to bed at the same time every night. Try going to bed earlier until you find the right balance, so that your body can get enough sleep and rest. Your body reacts to regularity, this includes your sleeping habits. Have a night-time routine of stop watching TV and using your phone just before you go to bed. Dim the lights in your bedroom or use a relaxing salt lamp to help you drift off to a good nights sleep. You don’t have to go to bed when you are falling asleep on the couch. Try going to bed a little earlier each night and see how you feel.

Get Active

There are so many benefits from exercising and being more active. You will not only look and feel better. Exercising will also boost endorphins in the brain, which will make you feel more energized and feel less stressed. If you are feeling tired, try to do some exercise every day. Follow a routine that you enjoy doing; this will make it more enjoyable and easier to keep up. Remember; always consult a professional first before starting any exercise program.

Hydrate

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. A loss of just 1 – 2% of body weight as water is enough to cause your body systems to slow down, causing you to feel sluggish, tired and even more irritable. Drinking enough water throughout the day will ensure that your body is hydrated which will help you to feel more alert and focused. Get into the habit of starting your day with a refreshing glass of water. Try carrying a bottle of water around with you during the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty before drinking water. Get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day and you will no longer feel that mid day slump. It is recommended that women should drink 8 glasses of water a day and men 10 glasses. If you are more active you may have to drink more.

Put Away Your Phone

The blue light emitted from your phone, iPad, laptop etc. Is neither healthy for your eyes or your overall health and it can actually keep you from falling asleep. Turn off all of your electronic devices at least one hour before you want to fall asleep. If you want to read a book before you sleep, read a physical book rather than reading from a device like an iPad or a Kindle.

Put Your Thoughts On Paper

If you are finding it hard to sleep, it could be that something is on your mind that may be troubling you. I find a wonderful habit is to use a journal every day. Rather than over thinking and over analyzing, get your thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Using a journal every day is a great way to help you think with a clear head and take action on what needs to get done.

The simple steps above can help you to feel less tired and more refreshed every day. You will also get the added benefits of looking and also feeling healthier.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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