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10 Steps To Bring Positive Energy Into Your Life

10 Steps To Bring Positive Energy Into Your Life

Admit it or not, we all love to hold onto certain things in our lives. I do, you do, even the stranger sitting next to you does. Often when we cling onto whatever is “important” to us, it tends to hold us back and drain our energy.

Life’s a mess. I’m sure it’s the story of your life as well. Mess is unavoidable. It infiltrates into every aspect of our lives. It’s very easy to lose hope in the midst of all these chaos.

  • Emotionally, we fill our minds with negative thoughts.
  • Spiritually, we clutter up our hearts and souls with emotional debris.
  • Physically, we put our bodies through unhealthy lifestyles and environments.

Everyone knows it is freeing, liberating, and empowering to sort through and declutter our mess. When you contain positive thoughts, you will have glow from inside out. But is it really easy to have a peaceful life and find our purposes in life when everything seems to go wrong?

It seems difficult, but try to devote your time and follow these 10 steps to bring positive energy back into your life.

1. Keep the positive thoughts, throw away the negative ones.

Your mind might be obsessed with negative thoughts, trust me, most minds are.

The more negativity you visualize, the more these thoughts become your reality. Stay conscious and divert your attention to peaceful thoughts when you catch your mind generating negative thoughts. Once you fill your mind with positive thoughts, you will become more logical to deal with whatever you are facing.

Put into practice: Say you are lost in a foreign country, without a map or phone, you start to get anxious. What you should do instead is, take a deep breathe, acknowledge where you are now, and appreciate your surroundings — you are having an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2. Treat your body with the respect it deserves.

How does your body feel right now? Do you have an appetite? Or do you feel heavy and bloated?

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You might alleviate your emotional burdens through eating, usually junk food. Do you know when you feel physically weighed down, it’s mainly because of your unhealthy diet? It’s always good to clean up your diet and eat food with more nutrients and fibers. While you are cleansing your body, you are also clearing your mind. After all, you are what you eat.

Put into practice: Substitute your afternoon snacks with fruits, or your sodas with smoothies. They help you stay awake more too!

3. Let go and re-ignite the fire of your soul.

When your soul is depleted and there’s no motivation to pick you back up, you are only going to continue in this downward spiral.

Let go of things that no longer serve a purpose in your life. Leave your sorrow, anger, resentment, guilt, jealousy, and regrets behind. There are challenges everywhere, don’t get overwhelmed, instead see silver lining in every hardship.

To put your soul in a positive state, take the time to find your passion, plan how you could achieve your dream, and be brave and strong to face whatever is thrown at you.

Put into practice: If you want to travel the world, go ahead. Make plans to save money and decide your route. Don’t let uncertainties stop you from chasing your dreams, but rather think of solutions to resolve the problem.

4. Transform your living space into your safe haven.

Decluttering your body and mind is definitely important, but you also need a peaceful space to regain your soul and energy.

Create an environment for you to relax, restore balance, and rest. As you enter this safe space, you can let go of your thoughts in any way you want.

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Put into practice: Decorate your “decluttering space” with scented candles, plants, photos of precious moments, warm (slightly yellow or orange) lighting, or even a comfy couch and fireplace.

5. Keep your eyes on what you have, not what you want.

I’m sure you often find yourself comparing the things you have with others, or you might be a lifelong sufferer of FOMO (fear of missing out).

When’s the last time you say “thank you” for everything in your life?

The longer you focus on what you want and what you don’t have, the less grateful you are with the things you have. You might already have the tools you need to achieve your goals, but your desire and negative thoughts blind you from succeeding.

Put into practice: Take 5-10 minutes each night before you sleep, list the things you are thankful for. It could be something insignificant, or something life-changing.

6. Approach every situation gently. Calm, cool, collected.

It is common to be frantic over a tricky situation in your life. You might even be abrasive or hotheaded.

Try to take a gentler approach towards every situation. It calms your emotions down and allows you time to evaluate what happened.

Put into practice: When your boss suddenly tells you to pitch to a client in an hour, what would you do? Freak out and curse your boss? Or take a deep breathe to be rational and logical? The latter usually works better.

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7. Give yourself time to block out the rest of the world.

You have probably opened multiple applications on your phone or computer right now. You might even have many tabs on your Internet browser. Think about it, the only time you are not connected to others is when you are sound asleep.

It seems to be a norm for everyone to be available 24/7, because technology has made communication instantaneous, but it is also very draining.

You don’t always have to stay “online”, sometimes, going offline helps you regain your energy back.

Put into practice: Set 30 minutes apart for your personal alone time every day, no phones, no computers, no social media. Take the time to do what you like without any distractions.

8. Stop, wait a minute, and take a break. You need it.

Society has trained us to be alert at all times. Once you lose focus, you lose the opportunity. But is it worth continuing when you feel overloaded?

Take a break from what you are doing. You deserve to rest and recharge.

Put into practice: When you feel stress and work and other miscellaneous things are piling up, allow yourself a time-out session to breathe and escape.

9. You are the only one in charge of your life.

Remember, this is YOUR life. You are the only boss of your life. Don’t be obliged to someone else’s opinion or interest.

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Make the best choices for yourself, the sooner you drop bad memories and resentment, the sooner your life can change. The past is gone, and it’s time to organize your life, and you are the only person with the power to change any situation in your life.

Put into practice: For example, you said something hurtful to a close friend and now the relationship is in jeopardy. Acknowledge what you’ve done wrong but don’t dwell on it, and come up with solutions to move forward to try to change the current situation, like apologizing to your friend.

10. A new day means new opportunities.

Nina Simone puts it best in her classic hit Feeling Good.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.”

As you leave your past behind, you are also looking at the future. Just because you had a crappy yesterday, doesn’t mean your today is full of disappointment. A new day offers endless opportunities, it also generates and renews energy and hope. It is up to you to choose how you want to experience today.

Put into practice: Let’s say you had a terrible day yesterday. Today, you can replay what went wrong, or instead, learn from your mistakes and be open to whatever life challenges you with. Maybe there will be a new opportunity waiting for you.

It takes time to take you out from the mess to positivity. (But it’s all worth it.)

It is vital to understand you shouldn’t be trapped by the mess in your life, but take what you’ve learned from the situation and make a change. No life is a smooth-sailing one, but your attitude determines your altitude.

Take one step at a time, declutter your mind, clean your body, clear your soul, then everything else will slowly fall into place. Start your day by saying, “I can conquer the world!”

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Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

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