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13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

If you’re like me, you experience tiredness at three particular points of the day: in the morning, between 1:30pm and 4:30pm, and about two hours before you actually want to go to sleep at night. If you’re not like me, then you have a completely different pattern that I wouldn’t possibly know about. Regardless, the tips I’ve compiled here should help you as well.

1. Drink your water!

    It amazes me how people think they can get away with guzzling down sodas and other sugary drinks all day. You’re body needs water! When you aren’t hydrated, your blood thickens (because it is composed mostly of water after all), which makes your poor little heart work harder, which results in drowsiness. Keep a cup on your desk or re-usable water bottle by your side as all times.

    2. Eat breakfast.

      Before I get any flack for this, I’m not saying you need to go to Denny’s and gulp down a grand slam or two. A power bar will do, or even a tiny bowl of cereal or a single egg. Eating breakfast has been proven to improve how you feel mentally and physically, which is just what you need after waking up all fatigued.

      3. Exercise!

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        There’s nothing like a good run in the morning to kill off every ounce of tiredness in your body. I have no scientific proof, but for me, performing some kind of morning exercise means I’m showered and ready for my day about three hours earlier (on average) than I would be otherwise!

        4. Go to bed you crazy kids!

          Yes, unsurprisingly, getting to bed earlier will make you more energetic the next day. I know it’s tough, but think of it this way. Would you rather have those four hours you spend from 10PM to 2AM, or an entire day’s worth of feeling awake, with the only catch being that you’d have to go to bed around 10:30PM? Seems like an obvious choice to me…

          5. Fast music will pump you up.

            If you haven’t heard of the song Through the Fire and the Flames, you might want to look it up, because it’s perfect for this. Rapid, upbeat music won’t help as much as a nap (probably), but it might just make you a bit more alert than you were before…

            6. Chill out, bro.

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              Being cold keeps you awake. It’s why your dad always turned the AC up to max in the car when driving you and your family late at night. So if you’re nodding off, start peeling away layers of clothing until you stop feeling tired (maybe you can play I’m Too Sexy while you do so).

              7. Eat every 3-4 hours.

                This isn’t possible for many of us, but eating small meals evenly scattered throughout the day will keep your energy a bit more level than it would be if you only eat two huge portions every 24 hours.

                8. Don’t drink too much caffeine.

                  Wait what? Being a coffee lover, this was a tough one for me to take. Basically, you’ll want to watch your caffeine intake after noon. Apparently, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, drinking it after that time can lead to your sleep quality taking a nosedive.

                  9. Social interaction is your friend.

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                    The catch is that this social interaction must be with a complete stranger. We couldn’t care less about being alert and conscious for our family or best friends, but an acquaintance? We’ll snap right out of our fatigue for them!

                    10. Lifesavers can be a life saver.

                      Yes, mints can keep you awake! You’ll probably need something stronger than a Lifesaver, like, maybe an Altoid, but that wasn’t nearly punny enough.

                      11. Massage the area between your palm and wrist.

                        Ok, I just learned about this one, and believe it or not it actually works. Doesn’t feel too terrible either! It’s calming, but only the point that you become energized and not narcoleptic.

                        12. Take a nap.

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                          This one is pretty obvious. Apologies. Nap for around 20 minutes and you’ll be supercharged for the next few hours.

                          13. Go outside. No, not outside your room. Like, really outside! Where the sun is!

                            Just feeling the rays emanating from that blazing ball of heat on our bare skin can jolt us awake. It has something to do with vitamin D, probably. Or maybe it’s the fact that you’re getting fresh air for the first time in weeks.

                            That’s all folks. I’m sure you have a few fatigue fighting tricks up your sleeve as well, and if so, share below!

                            Featured photo credit: Weakness: 6 of 8/ Marco Sanchez via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                            8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                            8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                            You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                            Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                            When you train your brain, you will:

                            • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                            • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                            • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                            So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                            1. Work your memory

                            Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                            When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                            If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                            The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                            Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                            Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                            What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                            For example, say you just met someone new:

                            “Hi, my name is George”

                            Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                            Got it? Good.

                            2. Do something different repeatedly

                            By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                            Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                            It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                            And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                            But how does this apply to your life right now?

                            Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                            Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                            Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                            So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                            You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                            That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                            3. Learn something new

                            It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                            For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                            Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                            You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                            4. Follow a brain training program

                            The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                            5. Work your body

                            You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                            Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                            Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                            Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                            6. Spend time with your loved ones

                            If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                            If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                            I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                            7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                            Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                            Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                            Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                            8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                            Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                            When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                            So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                            The bottom line

                            Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                            Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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