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10 Effective Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels

Here are 10 simple (and unique) exercises you can use to increase productivity and energy levels. If you are in search of a boost, consider implementing a few of these recommendations over the next few weeks and see how you feel: Ditch the Strict Schedule! If you start to feel anxious and stressed when working on a task, try switching to something else. Do not force yourself to work on something because your predetermined schedule says so; in fact, coming back to that project later when you have a more accepting attitude will yield better results. Loosen the reigns and allow yourself to work on projects that are most appealing to you during the present moment!  Sleep in the Dark Light interferes with sleep, at […]

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10 Foolproof Tips for Better Sleep

  Don’t worry about not getting enough sleep. Try not to worry about how much you sleep. Such worrying can start a cycle of negative thoughts that contribute to a condition, known as “learned insomnia”. Learned insomnia occurs when you worry so much about whether or not you will be able to get adequate sleep, that the bedtime rituals and behavior actually trigger insomnia.  Don’t force yourself to sleep. The very attempt of trying to do so actually awakes you, making it more difficult to sleep.  Go to bed only when you are feeling really tired and sleepy.  Don’t look at the alarm clock at night. Looking at the clock promotes increased anxiety and obsession about time.  Body-heating procedures. Some studies suggest that soaking in […]

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11 Underrated Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Get You Focused, Happy and Massively Productive

Most of us think we’re getting enough sleep when really, we aren’t. A recent poll revealed that almost two thirds of us just don’t feel we’re meeting our sleep needs. And, “we” includes those teaching our kids, driving on our roads and running our world! Are you one of those statistics? Walking around compromised by tiredness — cranky, fog-headed and simply unable to participate fully in the script of your life? These are common complaints in our over-processed, over-stimulated, overdone world. And unless you step in and break the pattern of this life-sucking roller-coaster ride of mere existence, you’ll have more and more down hills and crashes. I’m quite confident that you’d prefer a prettier picture for your future. So jump on board and start […]

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12 Painless Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight This Winter

There’s something about cold weather that makes many of us crave comfort foods—and gain weight. If you’ve spent the last several springs frantically trying to shed the pounds you gained over the holidays and winter months, here are a few tips for eating well without packing on more weight. Cut back on takeout and delivery.When the temps are cold and the rain is pouring down, it’s tempting to call your favorite pizza joint or Thai takeout place for a delivery. Since these restaurants generally have a minimum for delivery, you order the biggest pizza they sell or two full dinners with egg roll, guaranteeing you’ll be eating this stuff for the next three days. You’ll be much less tempted to overeat if you don’t open […]

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12 Ways to Boost Your Energy in the Morning

Are you a “morning person?” You know, the type who jumps out of bed, bounding with energy and ready to face the day? Me neither. Most of us wake up feeling grumpy, grouchy and wishing we could crawl back into bed. Here are a few tips to make mornings a bit more pleasant by increasing your energy. Get a good night’s sleep.You can’t expect to feel great in the morning if you tossed and turned for hours the  night before. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and the best way to set your body clock is by retiring and rising at the same time for at least a week. If you have trouble dozing off, try meditating for a few […]

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13 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits Of Exercise

We’ve all heard it before, “Exercise is good for you because….” Nowadays you can’t check out at the grocery store or do much of anything without being reminded that us mortal humans need to exercise. Still, we persist, procrastinate and eventually complain that we’re overweight, sick, dying, etc. Listen. Some exercise is better than none, more exercise is generally better than less, and no exercise can be disastrous. No one is asking for you to start a rigorous daily regimen, just do something. If you need motivation, here is a list of scientifically proven health benefits that regular exercise brings. Longevity. People who are physically active live longer. According to a 20 year follow-up study, regular exercise reduces the risk of dying prematurely.   New […]

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15 Simple Changes That Will Quickly Improve Your Health

Did you start January full of health resolutions, determined that this would be the year that you ate better, lost weight and exercised regularly? If you’re back to your usual habits – skipping breakfast, grabbing chocolate to get you through that afternoon slump, neglecting your fruit and veggie intake and chugging down mug after mug of coffee – don’t feel guilty about it. Your problem isn’t that you lack willpower – it’s that you tried to change too much at once. Instead, try making some of these very easy changes to your eating, drinking and exercising habits. Once you’ve got used to a few of them, add in more. You’ll be making huge strides towards your health goals, with hardly any conscious effort. Sound good? […]

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3 Simple Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Anyone who has worked a day in his or her life knows of the afternoon slump. As the clock strikes 3 in the afternoon, head’s start to feel heavy, eyes blur, and the text on your computer screen grows dim and fuzzy. An epic brain fog rolls in and you find yourself stumbling to the kitchen in search of caffeine and anything containing a bit of sugar. After your fix, you leave the kitchen only to see a steady stream of fellow workmates suffering the same affliction. Like zombies, they pass you in the hall. A short time later, you feel temporarily pepped-up and get serious about productivity. You plug away like mad trying to match the output levels you achieved in the morning. By […]

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3 Ways to Maintain Your Weight While Working Behind a Desk

If you have ever changed jobs you know the transition can often mean big changes to your daily schedule and habits. Due to the advancement of technology, many people are finding themselves behind a desk rather than out in a field or on the go. While I am thankful for the technological advantage of our current time, I cannot help but notice the alarming rate of obesity. After college I noticed many of my friends heading out to sedentary jobs, many of which were behind a desk. Over time I noticed almost all of them slowly gaining unwanted weight and I knew exactly why; none of them changed their habits. They were so used to being very active as they spent most of their day […]

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5 Foods That Make Nutrition Easy On The Go

Getting the most out of our diet seems to be getting trickier and trickier. There are so many quick and easy meals available to us that it is easy to forget one of my cardinal rules, “The more you cook, the better you look.” The great part about this short list is that the foods are very easy to prepare quickly. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen getting everything squared away– some of them come prepared already, some are just additions to what you are already eating, and one takes less then 20 minutes to cook. All right, enough of this prelude stuff, let’s get into the list! Pumpkin SeedsIt doesn’t get easier than pumpkin seeds! Just grab a bag, take it […]

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