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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

The laws of meetings: How to maximise your business efficiency

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a large or small company; views on meetings are largely universal. They’re often overused, inefficient, and generally a waste of time.

Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but in a nutshell, meeting dynamics across the world can be reformed.

Taking this into account, when it comes to your own company’s meetings, how should you approach matters? Should you go with the flow and “become one of them”, or should you challenge the norm and take matters into your own hands? Suffice to say, today’s post is on how to achieve the latter.

Tread carefully with recurrent meetings

The software companies gave themselves a huge pat on the back when they allowed recurrent meetings to be scheduled at the quick of a button. In truth, this is a worthwhile feature for many meetings – but not all.

After all, while you might build a case for a weekly performance meeting, many other recurrent ones aren’t perhaps needed.

Now, before you suggest that you can simply “play it by ear” and decide when you get to the meeting, this is one of the easiest mistakes to make. After all, by the time everyone has arrived and discussed the matter at hand, regardless of how briefly, valuable time has been eaten away.

The moral of the story? Carefully decide whether your recurrent meetings really need to be recurrent.

Get the agenda out there – and make it actionable

There’s nothing worse than being called into a meeting only to find that there is no structure or agenda. In these cases, it often leads to a free-for-all where people can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how important it actually is.

Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule, but in general, an agenda is key. Not only does it give the meeting some much-needed structure, but it also allows you to assign actions to specific people. This, in turn, makes the meeting far more actionable and less of a time waster.

Stop people from going off on tangents

There’s always one person in every meeting that just can’t help themselves. They see the meeting as an opportunity to show off their knowledge, regardless of how relevant it is to the discussion.

While it’s important to allow some level of creativity, you also need to rein people in when they start to go off on tangents. After all, if everyone in the meeting starts to do this, it quickly descends into a free-for-all where nothing gets done.

Could a remote meeting do the trick?

It would be fair to say that we’re now well and truly in the age of remote meetings. Most of us are used to them now and like them due to how much time they can save us.

However, they don’t always work. This is particularly true if you want to impress new clients or perhaps need a whiteboarding session. In these instances, nothing quite beats the dynamics of a face-to-face affair. If you decide to go down this route, the obvious caveat is the knock-on effects. Whether booking that dreaded meeting room or ensuring your insurance obligations are up to scratch ahead of receiving external visitors, make sure you’re prepared for in-person meetings.

Keep it short and sweet

There’s no need to drag out meetings unnecessarily. If you can achieve everything you need to in 30 minutes, there’s no need to make it an hour-long affair.

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!