Decrease Stress Levels and Increase Your Energy 

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6 Tips to Decrease Stress Levels and 
Increase Your Energy 

Whether you have a high-pressure job or you’re a stay at home mom, chances are your life is loaded with stress. You probably feel like your body is sending you signals that your batteries are running low.
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The more tired you get, the more stress overwhelms you and you get into this vicious cycle that makes it all the more difficult to break.
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There isn’t a magic spell that will make it all go away; it’s you who needs to do the legwork.
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Still, the actions that must be taken for you to get your physical and mental stride back are actually small things. They come inbuilt with a huge payoff and once you see how simple the ‘tasks’ are, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t completed them before!
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Let’s begin changing your life, one small task at a time. Below are 6 tips.

1. Sleep, First and Foremost!

People underestimate the importance of sleep, regardless of numerous studies and doctors constantly reminding us of it.
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In order for your body and brain to function properly, you need your quality snooze time.
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Phones and other gadgets are highly distracting, so the first thing to do is set a cut-off time. If you have to be up at seven, put your phone away at eleven and place it far away from your bed.
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Aside from being distracting, the light emitted from phones can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

2. Say no to Caffeine

When looking for a quick energy boost, many people turn to coffee. This beverage might give you a short-term lift. However in the long run, drinking cups after cups of coffee will only lead to dehydration.
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Caffeine can actually lower your energy levels and even lead to migraine, insomnia, irritability, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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It’s difficult to say how many cups are too many as everyone reacts differently. Everything above 4 cups is excessive, but if you have caffeine sensitivity even the smallest amount can affect you negatively.

3. Weightlifting: A little goes a long way

A recent study conducted at Harvard University has uncovered the numerous health benefits of weightlifting that go beyond just building muscles.
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Therefore, getting into this type of exercise is something you want to seriously consider.

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Just make sure you get the proper gear.
Good weightlifting clothes and shoes that won’t only provide you with the right support but also keep you motivated to get on with your workout. Place the clothes in a visible spot, like a chair, as that is bound to keep you moving. It’ll also keep your motivation levels up.
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Start small and then work your way up.

4. Water: The general rule of thumb

Eight glasses of water are good enough, but ten are even better. Regular and proper hydration is beyond important. Lack of water can affect your digestion, blood circulation, and body temperature.
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All of these, in turn, have a major impact on your energy levels as well as brain function.

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If water tends to slip your mind, always keep a bottle nearby – it will remind you to take a few sips every half an hour.

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And if pure water is uninviting, add some vitamins in the form of lemon, ginger and cucumber. That way you’ll meet the daily requirements for water, vitamins and antioxidants.

5. Ditch the Unhealthy Carbs

Carbohydrates are definitely among the main culprits for your sluggishness, especially the simple ones.
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These simple carbs tend to just rush through your system, give you an instant wave of energy and then leave you feeling drained.
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Although carbs are necessary, the ones to turn to are the low-glycemic ones that take their time and give you real energy.

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Of course, food rich in fibers and proteins is definitely the best route to take. Eggs, almonds, salmon, chicken breast, chia seeds, oats, milk and Greek yogurt should always be found in your pantry and your stomach.
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These are the foods that provide you with real energy, and that’s why they belong to the superfoods family.

6. Relaxation: Tune out

Every now and then it’s more than healthy to isolate yourself and claim some quality me-time.
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During that time, you can do whatever soothes you – listen to your favorite music, do yoga, read a book or simply take up meditation and get in touch with your inner self.
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The calming effects of activities you love are enormous. All of these things have the power to remove chips from your shoulder, even if it’s just for a little while.
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If you stick with them, the benefits will become long-term.

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Article by Nicole Noel
noel.d.nicole@gmail.com
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