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Seven Ways To Boost Your Mood in Just Five Minutes

It’s easy to fall into a funk. Life is so busy: kids, work, commuting, housework, social commitments. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, don’t ignore your internal alarms. Try one of these easy ways to improve your mood and your outlook on life. You’ll be glad you did (and so will everyone around you!)

Five Minutes of Complete Silence. Lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to or sit in your car with the radio off. Count backwards from 300, which takes about five minutes. Without the din of machines or the cacophony of voices, real and electronic, you will find yourself ready to face the day again.
Get Organized. Sometimes our feelings of discomfort are a result of clutter. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by the enormity of a task, try tackling it in five minute increments. A good, calming place to begin may be with your CD or DVD collection. Get them in their proper cases and alphabetized, a few at a time.

Eat a Protein-rich Snack. Sometimes reduced energy and poor moods are the result of low blood sugar. Stop what you are doing for five minutes, eat a handful of trail mix, and just relax. You may be surprised to find how much more peppy you feel!

Kiss! When was the last time you spent five full minutes just kissing? Kiss your partner (and don’t do anything else) for five minutes. You’ll reconnect and feel much better, guaranteed!

Shred Stuff! A little harmless aggression can do wonders for your mood. Old bank statements, student loan letters, junk mail…spend five minutes chewing up documents and smile!

Write a Thank You Note. Chances are, there is someone you know who is long overdue for a thank you note from you. Or perhaps there is someone in your life you just want to let know how much you appreciate their love or friendship. Take five minutes to let them know you care.

Stretch! Okay, you may have to imagine a beautiful blue sky and a green field, but get up and get your blood moving. Many of us spend hours at our desks. Stretch your arms, legs, back and feet. You’ll soon feel like tackling the rest of your day.

7 Tips To Cut Back On Your Caffeine Intake

Instant human: just add coffee.

shutterstock_57997327A lot of us need coffee to get through the day. We need coffee like cars need gasoline, or like crack addicts need their crack. The idea of a world without coffee is too blasphemous to consider–because all chaos would break loose. We would crash our cars into our neighbor’s mail boxes from sleep deprivation. We would accidentally forward lolcats to our bosses, and important Excel documents to our friends. We would fall dead asleep in the middle of an important presentation.  Because life without black coffee, frothy cappucinos, soy lattes and expresso shots is simply not possible.

But lo and behold! Word on the street is that too much caffeine is not good for you, and it will do our mind and bodies a whole lot of good if we make the effort to cut back on our caffeine intake. What gives?

Yes, a strong cup of coffee wakes you up. But it is a jittery kind of energy that can make your thoughts go at warp speed, decrease your concentration, make you anxious, give you heartburn, make you dehydrated, and crash your energy level when you are coming down fast from your caffeine high, making you more tired than before. Coffee later in the day also disrupts our sleep cycles, which continues the vicious cycle of waking up unrested and needing that cup of joe to wake ourselves up.

Let’s not also forget the processed sugar and fatty cream that many of us add to our coffee. Not good.

You don’t have to go all Spartan and give up coffee forever for the rest of your life. Having coffee as an occasional treat in moderation, though, is much healthier for you than having it every day like your daily vitamins and water. Here are 7 tips to loosen the death grip of caffeine addiction to feel energized more au naturale.

1. Read up on the health benefits of decreasing your caffeine addiction. It’s easier to decrease your dependence on an enjoyable activity when you know why you are doing it and how it will benefit you. Check out this article on the dangers of caffeine addiction and excess caffeine consumption.

2. Consume only freshly squeezed fruit juice, freshly cut fruit, and glasses of water in the morning. Want to really give your body a shot of energy the natural way that won’t crash your energy level hours later? Drink freshly squeezed oranges or grapefruits, and eat freshly cut fruit. The natural enzymes from fresh foods will really jolt you to alertness, and you won’t be weighed down by heavier foods like bagels with cream cheese or omelettes.

3. You can still have coffee-just don’t have it every single day of the week– or if you must, order decaf.

4. Get your caffeine fix with green tea instead. Freshly brewed green tea will still give you some caffeine and a more gradual energy build-up, but it won’t be as extreme as a strong cup of black coffee that completely jolts your nerves into a jittery mess.

5. Drink lots of water when you are feeling a little bit tired or mentally fuzzy. If you feel fatigued or your mind feels foggy, it is highly likely that you are dehydrated. Drink up some tall galsses of H2O with freshly squeezed lemon juice instead. 

6. Cut out processed food from your diet as much as possible. Junky, artificial foods loaded with toxic chemicals and processed sugars mess your body up. Eat whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible to keep your mind and body sharp.

7. Exercise regularly and get your 8-9 hours of sleep.You will probably get work done better with better efficiency if you really get your full night’s rest, exercise regularly and eat healthy than if you are working on five hours of sleep with three cups of coffee.

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