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7 Awesome Natural Energy Boosters That Will Make You Forget Energy Drinks

7 Awesome Natural Energy Boosters That Will Make You Forget Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are overly-caffeinated. These sugar-laden sports drinks often contain other ingredients which that could be detrimental to your health. If you must have your energy levels boosted (as you should), why not try out these natural options

1. Get adequate rest at night

Many people don’t sleep well and resort to self-medication, using caffeine and other sweet things as energy boosters. This works, actually, but only for a while. It still does not change the fact that the body is being deprived of the necessary and essential sleep it needs. Lack of sleep also leads to a reduction in the levels of leptin, a hormone responsible for suppressing appetite. Putting on all-nighters shouldn’t be a habit for you. Having adequate rest at night is a secret energy booster everyone should be using.

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 2. Stop depression

Depression is one common condition that shatters energy. When depressed, you don’t want to be outdoors, spend time with friends or have any motivation for exercise. If you are depressed, consider some natural therapies as pharmaceuticals solutions might have unpleasant side-effects. If you must use drugs, try to conduct a thorough edrug search and check online for good medications and compare prices.

 3. Check for anemia

If your blood does not have enough iron in it, you will certainly feel sluggish. This is a common cause of fatigue in women. You can decide to take some iron supplements to make up. Also, add foods rich in iron to your meals. These foods have vital nutrients and enzymes that will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron. Sesame seeds, black molasses, and beetroot-apple are wonderful for anemia. Being conscious of your blood iron level is very important in keeping energy boosted.

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 4. Drink water

Fatigue could be a sign that the body is short on fluid. It is also the first symptom of dehydration. Water enhances performance for endurance activities that are demanding. It also affects metabolism. According to the Institute Of Medicine, about 13 and 9 cups of fluids for men and women respectively would do just fine

 5. Stop Yo-Yo dieting

Eating wrong foods and too little are sure ways to get your energy zapped. Although you would get energy from sugar, it would be short, just like when you don’t have enough sleep. Sugar as well steals long-term energy from you. This happens when you starve yourself.

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Instead, try to change your lifestyle and get rid of foods that are not good for you. This does not necessarily mean that you must leave your nutritious favorite meals out.

 6. Check for Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is an imbalance of the pituitary glands and the thyroid. It is affecting a lot of people that are not even suspecting it. Hypothyroidism puts an individual at a high risk of getting exposed to radiation. It can be treated naturally or through the use of prescribed drugs by your doctor.

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 7. Cleanse your colon

A colon cleanse can help increase your energy levels naturally and will further help to boost your overall health. Regularly cleansing your colon is one sure way to regain energy. This will also help your body’s intake of energy-giving nutrients in a better way.  There are some fermenting wastes, parasites and candida unnecessarily sitting in your guts, which colon cleansing can help you get rid of.

Conclusion

If you find yourself trying to stay alert all through the day, feeling sluggish mid-afternoon, struggling with adrenal fatigue, or just simply exhausted, then this is time to change. Try out the above affordable and easy ways to banish tiredness naturally. If you must make use of medications for some conditions such as hypothyroidism, anemia or depression, then make sure to consult your doctor first.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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