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Stressed? These 7 Foods Reduce Stress

Stressed? These 7 Foods Reduce Stress

Are you under a lot of stress in your daily life? These days, who isn’t? You’ve probably heard the advice that exercise is all it takes to stay healthy and stress free. While it is true that exercise will help you manage stress, some small tweaks to your diet can also reduce stress.

Here are the seven foods you should incorporate into your diet today:

1. Dark Chocolate

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    Dark Chocolate helps to ease emotional tension, and helps to elevate your mood naturally. Fortunately, dark chocolate is somewhat of a guilt free snack. Buy good quality dark chocolate. If you can, buy organic. Go as dark as you can handle, and try to find chocolate with as few ingredients as possible.  Raw chocolate is excellent as well. You only need a square or two per day.

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    2. Almonds

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      Almonds are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B and Vitamin E. These vitamins help to strengthen your immune system during stressful times. A small handful of almonds per day is all it takes.

      3. Sweet Potatoes

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        Sweet potatoes are full of immune boosting nutrients which help you fight stress. A warm dish of sweet potatoes after a long day gives you a feeling of satisfaction and tranquility. You only need about one cup, but you may find that you can’t stop eating them.

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        4. Good Fat

          You body needs fat–good fat. Foods that are high in good fats create a happy feeling in your brain. Good fats also promote restful sleep. Luckily, there are many sources of good fats. Coconut Oil is a favorite fat because of its versatility. You can use it in most of your cooking, baking, and stir-frying. You can even add a spoonful to your morning smoothie.

          Avocado is another excellent source of fat. You need at least one half avocado per day. Other good fats include olive oil, fish oil, and dietary supplement oil blends, such as Udo’s oil. One or two tablespoons per day should do the job.

          5. High Quality Animal Protein (Non-vegetarian)

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            If possible, choose top quality, organic, and grass fed. Don’t go overboard with animal protein. You only need small portions, about the size of your palm. High quality protein promotes restful sleep and creates a feeling of peace and tranquillity.

            6. Sugars, But Not White Sugar

            Honey

              Your body needs sugar–good sugar. You can get sugar from a natural source, such as fresh or dry fruit, and raw honey. Honey boosts your immune system, which is often weakened during stressful times. Honey also gives you a better night’s sleep. A spoonful of honey per day is all you need.

              7. Green Vegetables

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                Asparagus, spinach, kale are packed with vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid and magnesium. These minerals promote emotional well-being. A cup of these vegetables per day is all you need.

                Other Important Things to Consider:

                Exercise is also a very big component in your daily stress reduction routine. Fortunately, you don’t need to exercise for hours; it only takes a few minutes. I do 10 to 20 minutes per day, and it makes a huge difference for me. Remember that a little exercise is so much better than nothing at all. The trick is to schedule your exercise session while you have energy, not at the end of the day, when your energy is failing.

                Another important factor in reducing stress is sleep. Are you sleeping enough? Do you wake up rested? Be honest. It takes discipline to get to bed on time so that you are functional the next day. You cannot be in top shape when you lack sleep. Your body is a perfect mechanism; it will tell you if you have receive enough sleep, or not. If you are cranky, tired, irritable, or lacking energy, you need more sleep.

                I hope you can reduce your stress level, as well as improve your overall health by adopting at least some of the tips.

                To happy and healthy Living!

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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