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10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

Have you ever considered that doing more healthy things before you go to work each day will actually improve your day rather than hinder it? It might be time to make a change to your normal, everyday routine just to see what effect it might have on you and your surroundings. You’ll never know unless you go for it!

If you want to feel invigorated and ready to tackle the day ahead, try these simple tips for 30 days and you’ll never go back to hitting the snooze button again!

1. Get up 20 minutes earlier

This might be a struggle, especially if, like me, you find it hard to tear yourself away from your duvet when the alarm clock rings. I used to be a ‘bed hugger’ until I started working for myself. Then I realized that I worked better in the mornings than in the afternoons or evenings. Because of that I now get up at least an hour earlier than I used to and have become a lot more productive as a result.

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So how about trying it? Make that extra time in the mornings count, so you aren’t as stressed trying to fit everything in first thing. This will also help with the other tips I’ve got lined up for you!

2. Meditate and set intentions for the day

Before I do anything in the morning, I go to my quiet place and I meditate. This sets the mood for the day and is a great way of setting your intentions for how you want the day to go. It also gets you into a place of feeling calm and relaxed. If you have to drive or battle with train commuters on your way to work, you’ll deal with things in a less reactionary way after meditating. So begin your day just like other healthy people by visualizing your day ahead and making sure it’s a good one!

3. Drink hot water with lemon

If you want something to set you up for your day in a healthy way, then drinking a hydrating and nourishing hot water and lemon drink is a great choice. It’s known for activating digestion and is another positive step toward better health, so why not?

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4. Sit and watch nature

This is a great way to really get yourself in touch with your natural surroundings and appreciating all that you have at that very moment. How often do you just sit, listen and watch the birds and the environment they inhabit? We spend so much of our lives rushing from one thing to the next that we forget how lucky we are to be alive. If you can take five minutes out of your usual morning routine and observe, you’ll be amazed at what’s just outside your back door.

5. Do a bit of exercise

I’m not talking about a full on hour at the gym or a sweaty 30 minute run. It’s more like a gentle walk in nature to get you outside, relaxed and fully alert. Healthy people find this not only energizing, but know that the benefits of stimulating the brain will start the day off with a clear and clutter-free mind. Taking some exercise—even if it’s just ten minutes—is better than none. You’ll feel great and look great, so where’s the harm in that?

6. Always eat breakfast

I know that if I’ve not eaten anything for breakfast, I’m like a bear with a sore head, so I make sure I eat something every morning. Not only do I eat breakfast, I make sure it’s healthy and always includes some kind of fruit. Healthy people like to eat breakfast because it’s brain food; it’s a sure fire way to be more effective at work and it’ll make you a lot more fun to be around. If you can, try to make your breakfast something really tasty—so tasty in fact that you’ll hate to miss out on it!

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7. Make your lunch

Making your lunch before you go to work is a great way of ensuring that you make time to take that well-earned lunch break. Think about it: how many times do you work straight through your lunch, or take what seems like an age to think about what to have so that you’ve already wasted half your lunch break trying to decide. Do yourself a favor: pack all your healthy favorites beforehand so you’ve got the whole of your lunch break to enjoy them!

8. Make time to schedule your to do list

We’ve all got a mountain of stuff to do each week, let alone each day, so why not take the stress out of your day by organizing things you are definitely going to accomplish that same day. If you do this, it will take all the anxiety and stress out of making important decisions. It will ensure that you know what tasks you have to complete and it’ll remind you to do them. After all, the only person who will be letting you down is YOU! However, it’s important to be flexible as other things can crop up at the last minute, which can mean you’ve got less time than you thought. Remember to always stay calm, don’t panic, and reschedule for the next day if you have to. As long as you do that, there really is no harm.

9. Listen to uplifting and inspiring music

Forget the TV or the radio for once—the early morning news can bring you down. Instead, opt to listen to your favorite track, and get your mood lifted each morning. Music is a great way of bringing you back to the present moment, which can help you focus on the good stuff and stop any anxiety or worries about future commitments.

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10. Be grateful for all that you have each day

Take time to reflect on your life and what you already have. If you can take time to make a list of all the things you are grateful for each morning and reevaluate your life as it currently stands, it will make you appreciate all the goodness you have around you. Doing this one thing each day will make you feel fantastic and inspired. After all, being grateful is the key to happiness and abundance.

So which of these 10 tips are you going to try for the next 30 days?

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

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.

Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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