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7 Tips to Boost Your Energy Naturally

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7 Tips to Boost Your Energy Naturally

Everyone could use a little more energy. With busy schedules, long working hours, and late nights, it can be easy to feel exhausted by the end of the day, which might cause you to rely on that extra cup (or two) of coffee just to keep going!

While there are plenty of energy supplements and energy drinks now available in your local health food shop and grocery stores, those products often contain ingredients that could cause negative side effects. Even if they don’t, some people avoid those products because they do not like putting artificial ingredients into their bodies.

Thankfully, there are plenty of natural ways to boost your energy. By trying these tips each day, you will not have to depend on any ‘mystery’ ingredients or special pills or potions to get an energetic boost!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

1. Reduce Your Stress Levels

While it is nearly impossible to avoid stress completely. But, if you can learn to manage and reduce your stress levels, you will conserve more energy. When you feel stressed, your body naturally uses a lot of energy to control both your emotional and physical responses.

People deal with stress differently. It is important to find something that works for you. Including positive habits like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or even yoga into your daily routine can help. If you are feeling stressed over a particular situation or life event, talking to someone, using a journal to get your thoughts down on paper or even going to a support group can all be helpful.

2. Get More Exercise

You might think exercise would drain your energy, but it can actually give you a big boost both mentally and physically. The minute you start exercising, your brain cells will function at a higher level. The increased blood flow to your brain will make you more alert and awake during exercising and feeling more focused afterwards. Plus, exercise can help to ensure that you get a better night’s sleep, so you won’t wake up feeling tired in the morning.

3. Eat the Right Foods

Diet has more of an impact on your energy levels than most people realize. It is important to “eat for energy” if you are feeling fatigued.

One of the best ways to do this is to eat small, healthy meals every 4-6 hours, rather than eating two or three large meals each day. Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism going and will keep your energy levels up so you won’t crash. Try to eat foods with a low glycemic index, like whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.

4. Drink More Water

If you are feeling drained throughout the day, it could be that your body is not as hydrated as it should be. Feeling fatigued is often the first sign that your body needs more water. If you are feeling thirsty don’t reach for a sports drink or a can of soda. Instead, aim to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. (Health experts recommend drinking eight X 8-ounce glasses, which is equal to about 2 liters of water. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember). By making this simple change alone, you could start to see a big change in your energy levels. Plus, water has many additional benefits that will have you feeling great and looking your best.

5. Improve the Way You Sleep

Obviously, getting enough sleep is important to keep up your energy throughout the day. Unfortunately, it can be easy to fall into poor sleep patterns and develop some bad habits when it comes to a good sleep schedule. Some tips to keep in mind include:

  • Avoid caffeine after 12pm
  • Don’t take naps throughout the day
  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule
  • Try to decompress/destress before bed each night

Sleep is your body’s way of repairing itself each night. Without enough of it, it is easy to feel completely drained from the minute you wake up in the morning. Do what you can to get a healthy amount of sleep, and you will undoubtedly notice a noticeable difference in your energy levels.

6. Get the Right Nutrients

You could be feeling fatigued because your body is not getting the nutrients that it needs. Some vitamins, such as B12, are essential for energy. You can choose to take a good quality B12 supplement or even a multivitamin however, one of the best ways to get more nutrients is through your food. For example, some excellent sources of energy boosting vitamin B12 are beef, tuna, milk and daily products.

If you have a hard time eating a lot of fruits and vegetables throughout the day, perhaps consider drinking a glass of vegetable juice once a day. It is a great way to “wake up” your system and will give you the natural vitamins that you need to feel more energetic.

7. Avoid Smoking and Drinking

Smoking and drinking can cause a variety of different health issues, but they can also drain your energy. The various toxins and found in cigarettes make it difficult for your lungs to work efficiently. As a result, your body has to use more energy simply to breathe.

Alcohol is a “depressant,” meaning it makes you feel drowsy and tired. It is also a diuretic. If you drink alcohol at night, it can cause you to have to go to the bathroom frequently, which can disturb your sleep and may even cause you to become dehydrated. Avoiding both of these substances as much as possible will make you feel better in so many ways.

Finding the Energy to Be Your Best

There are so many possible reasons why you might be feeling lethargic and drained throughout the day. However, with some simple lifestyle changes you can make a big difference in your energy levels.

So, the next time that you are feeling sluggish, don’t reach for an energy drink or another cup of coffee. Instead, keep these tips in mind, and commit yourself to make changes in your lifestyle that will last. Not only will these changes help to boost your energy levels, but they can improve your overall physical health and mental well-being.

 

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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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