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Boost Your Energy With These Simple Tips

In today’s fast-paced world and with our jam-packed schedules, it is no wonder we are looking for natural ways to boost our energy. While the easiest way to increase our energy is to make some simple lifestyle changes, this may be easier said than done. Sometimes we need an extra helping hand with the use of supplements to boost our health and well-being. As this Research Verified review shows, supplements can either be a help or a hindrance, or simply do nothing at all, so choose one wisely. While supplements are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, they are not an end in themselves. You need to make healthy lifestyle choices too. Here are some tips to boost your energy and improve your productivity.

Eat Right

While it may seem obvious that the food we eat plays an integral role on our energy levels, we may not actually know what is the best food to eat. When we are feeling low on energy, the first thing most people reach for is candy or something sweet as a pick-me-up, even energy bars are loaded with sugar. However, these are the worst kinds of food you can eat when you are feeling low on energy and they may make you feel even worse after the initial boost. The sugar will increase levels of serotonin in the brain which gives you that instant pleasure feeling. However, this quick spike will be short-lived and then your sugar levels will crash, resulting in you feeling more tired and lacking in energy. You will also probably be left craving more of these sugary foods, which is no good for your waistline either. Rather, when you are feeling sluggish, have a power snack that contains mostly protein plus some fiber and complex carbohydrates. This could be peanut butter or cottage cheese on whole grain crackers or an apple with techina (sesame paste). This will regulate your blood sugar levels and give you more energy for longer.

Exercise

It may seem counter-intuitive, but doing physical activity actually gives you more energy. Exercise releases endorphins which help you feel good and it also gets your blood pumping. More blood means more oxygen delivered to your various organs which helps you feel better and less tired. It can be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk to boost your energy, and the effects can last for two hours! So get your walking shoes on and go for a brisk walk during your lunch break, it will improve your energy for the rest of the afternoon and also help you lose weight.

Reduce Stress

Stress is probably one of the biggest energy zappers and it can leave you feeling both mentally and physically exhausted. So it is important to find ways to reduce your stress. Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing or do a short guided meditation on YouTube. Research has shown that meditation may actually change the neural pathways of your brain allowing you to deal with stress better.  Learn to say no, express your feelings, look at your schedule and make sure it’s balanced – these are some simple ways that you can reduce the stress in your life.

Avoid Alcohol At Night

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for having adequate energy the next day. So you may want to avoid that nightcap. While relaxing with a drink after a long day in the office may be a nice way to end your day, alcohol has been found to negatively affect your quality of sleep. It may seem that alcohol improves your sleep as it helps you to fall asleep quicker, it actually reduces your REM sleep which is the sleep that is most important for restoring your energy and allowing you to feel refreshed. The more you drink at night, the more your sleep will be affected. Alcohol can also affect your sleep-cycle and so you may wake during the night. You may also need to visit the bathroom during the night which will also disturb your sleep.

When you are feeling low on energy, it can seem more daunting to try find ways to increase your energy. So follow all or some of these tips as a simple things you can do to make that change. Even just laughing as been shown to increase energy and feelings of wellness. So go on, watch that funny video, take a short walk, and get a good night’s rest.

Article provided by Authority Health

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!

Earfree Nitebuds: For Better Sleep

Earfree Nitebuds, the two-in-one speaker and pillow that plays calming music, improving the quality of your sleep, is launching on Indiegogo.

The idea for the Nitebuds sleep pillow came from people who used to sleep with earphones in. Many of us who have trouble sleeping at night use earphones to listen to calming sleep music, but sleeping with earphones in is just too uncomfortable. Using earphones while you sleep can cause pain and inflammation in the ear; plus, earphones tend to fall out in the middle of the night. But the adverse effects of earphones on ear health is undoubtedly the most critical of these issues.

Nitebuds puts music IN the pillow to solve the problems caused by conventional earbuds. All you have to do is lay your head down on the pillow to be serenated with lovely music. There’s no earbuds involved – so you can roll around in bed all you like without having to worry about damage to your ears or earbuds falling out.

Nitebuds are simple to use. Just place the speakers in the special sleep-aid pillow, then use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone and begin your music therapy. Once your music is playing, Nitebuds’ crater-shaped design enhances the acoustics, making you feel like you’re listening in on a concert hall performance. This design also prevents the sound from leaking out, giving you the same quality of sound at a 30% lower volume, so as not to bother whoever’s sleeping next to you.

The Nitebuds app also provides free ASMR music and ambience, soothing the brain and easing any anxiety. This white noise works has great benefits on mental health and attentiveness, making the sleep music from the Nitebuds app particularly effective at inducing a natural sleep.

Nitebuds uses 3D mesh material for full, fluffy comfort. The mesh also helps the music play through the pillow without getting muffled, plus high-quality microfiber cotton is also used to give the perfect amount of depth and coziness. The microfiber cotton is also a renewable, biodegradable material, which means Nitebuds is eco-friendly, too.

Even though Nitebuds is electronic, the speaker and pillow are fully separable, meaning the pillow can be washed without issue. If you want, you can even use the pillow by itself without the speakers, or even place other items inside the pillow to help you sleep.

For instance, if you find yourself sweating a lot in those hot summer nights, you can place ice-packs in the pillow to help cool off. Or, when you’re stressed out and in the mood for aromatherapy, the CYPRESS insert can be used for some phytoncide healing.

Also, if you have a preference for a specific pillow height, just use the COTTON insert to adjust the pillow’s height to your preference.

You can back Earfree Nitebuds – the high-tech pillow that serenades you to sleep – by finding their campaign on Indiegogo.