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6 Reasons Why Forty is the New Thirty!

6 Reasons Why Forty is the New Thirty!

Already forty? Or on your way there? Gear up for the best decade of your life so far. Life is what we make it and this new outlook shows people living the best years of their lives at forty onwards. I’m doing it and I’m going to share how you can get on track and enjoy the next amazing decades of life.

1. Stay motivated

I believe there is a basic life formula.

1-20 years old: You are acquiring a basic skill set.

20-40 years old: You are applying those skills to fit in and gain some life experience.

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40-60 years old: You learn how to proactively apply those skills to create something that excites you and motivates you to build your most extraordinary life!

You just have to start. That’s the big tip. You’re never ever too old.

2. Higher levels of confidence

By the time you’ve hit 40, you’ve experienced a fair share of what life can dish out and you’ve navigated it successfully. The more life experience you have, the higher your confidence grows, and it’s the same in any trade. So many successful entrepreneurs and high profile people express that their forties were their most productive years. They’re the master of their own mind and more secure in knowing who they are, what they want, and faith they can do it. Mature unstoppable confidence is an amazing asset. A 40+ super power!

3. See time as your ally, not your enemy

As we get older, we tend to act as if we don’t have any time; the clock is working against us. So we don’t make good use of time. It’s a bad habit to hang on to, and this kind of pessimistic thinking is contagious. So snap out of it, start aligning yourself with time, and make it your ally. Start planning long term and utilize every moment you’ve got and be grateful for it! It’s going to lead you towards your goal.

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4. Operate with excitement

When a person is operating with excitement, it means you’re on track; you’re backing decisions and actions that are provoking a positive reaction within you. That’s your yardstick to keep going! When you’re excited your ability to adapt and grow is stronger than you imagine. It doesn’t take that long to really learn something, but as we get older, we tend to settle for our regular routine. Stop it. Get excited and get out there!

You’ve got to operate with vision, look ahead ten years; it’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. Hold fast to that goal and invigorate yourself with that energy, and you will attract the best results at ANY age!

5. Keep working on yourself

When you’re continually expanding and growing as a person, you are evolving, learning and constantly improving who you are. The best benefit of all is the joy of life that positive energy brings. Expanding and growing will always deliver that feeling to you.

If given the choice on whether to:

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A) Be a joyful, fulfilled person who is constantly growing and evolving into the best version of you. OR

B) Be stagnant, disgruntled, and constantly playing victim to circumstances around them…

I’m always going to choose A. It’s just good sense!

6. Stay inspired

I absolutely envelop this philosophy. It is vital to constantly keep ourselves excited and inspired. For me, this means
a lifestyle full of travel, an open mind, and enigmatic life experiences but also on a daily level, I ensure I create the freedom to allow daily yoga practice, exercise, health and wellbeing. The transitions to build this life for myself was hard, but it was my choice, and if you’re steadfast in your decision, you will always find your feet again. It is totally worth it!

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You are never too old to take a risk. Live your passion. Be true and authentic. Change today. Embrace it. Forty rocks!

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    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

    Sight – Visual Stimulation

    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

    3. Take note of your environment.

    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

    4. Engage in conversation.

    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

    Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

    5. Listen to upbeat music.

    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

    6. Work your nose.

    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

    7. Have a good breakfast.

    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

    Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

    20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

    8. Drink lots of water.

    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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    Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

    Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

    10. Splash cold water on your face.

    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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    11. Use acupressure.

    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

    12. Get moving.

    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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