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It's time to energize your life! Our blog covers adrenaline rushing stories, energizing tips and motivation to conquer your day.

Breathing Exercises

The act of modifying our breathing is fully within our control, and we can use the activity to help us relax and unwind. When your stress levels get high, try one or more of these breathing exercises:

Two Breathing Exercises to Counter Stress

Breathing ExercisesExercise 1: The Relaxing Breath

This exercise focuses is easy and you can do it almost anywhere. To get yourself into the best body position for the exercise, sit and straighten your back. Place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. Keep your tongue there throughout the exercise.

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How To Get Motivated

The infinite power of motivation is what gets your engines going. It is what drives you to go the extra mile to make the impossible possible. But what if motivation eludes you?  How can you spark the fire towards success? Below are three questions to ask yourself to propel you from stagnation to motivation.

Tips on How to Get Motivated

How to Get Motivated#1 - What Inspires You?

This could be anything from your children to your parents, or even someone that you look up to. Whatever you need to think of to get you moving is what you should focus on.

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How to Increase Productivity

If you are looking to increase your productivity, at work, school or in everyday life, you have come to the right place. Make the most of your days, without having to ask for the day to be extended to 28 hours!

How to Increase Productivity Tips

How to Increase ProductivityEliminate Distractions

Remove anything and everything that takes you away from the task at hand. You will save time by not compulsively checking your email every few minutes to see if you have a new message. Let’s not even start on how much time you will spend by putting your cell phone out of sight.

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Evening Routine

While many people focus on being most productive in the morning, the evening is also a great time for getting things done. Once you have made the most of your night, you can then fall to sleep peacefully!

Evening RoutineAfter work ends, it is time to spend your evening as you wish. If you tend to feel overwhelmed by having a number of projects to do, and you worry that you can’t get them all done in one night, you may feel paralyzed with fear. The result can be that you do nothing instead.

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Energy from the Outdoors

Get Your Share of Outdoor Energy


When you feel tired or weighed down by stress, it can be tough to get out of the slump. This is the perfect time to head outdoors for some natural energy!

Benefits of OutdoorsResearch shows that spending more time in nature can energize the body. People feel more alive when in the natural outdoors, according to the results of five studies recently published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. These positive effects are beyond what you might expect from exercising outside or social interactions there.

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Motivation for Studying

Best Ways to Get Motivated to Study

It is no secret that studying is one of the best ways for students to improve their grades. Each year, schools and colleges all across the country offer workshops, classes and advice for students who want to improve their study skills. Of course, knowing excellent study techniques won't do you any good at all if you can't get motivated to study in the first place. Procrastination is often a student's worst enemy. Luckily, motivating yourself to study isn't as difficult as it might seem.

Study MotivationMake it Easy

One of the best ways to motivate yourself to study is to make it easy on yourself. You can do this by keeping your desk clear and free of clutter and distractions, the drawers stocked with study supplies such as highlighters and note cards, having your “study snack” stash already filled and nearby, and a glass of ice water within easy reach. This eliminates the need to constantly distract yourself with getting up to collect all of those necessary items time and time again, derailing your train of thought. Play some upbeat, instrumental music in the background to help you focus.

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Relax with Five Fingers

Get Anxiety Relief with Five Finger Relaxation

Are you looking for a new relaxation technique? The five finger method may be just what you need to help lower your anxiety levels. For students, in particular, the method can be useful if you freeze in the middle of an exam because it reduces the amount of adrenaline pumping through your body and helps you clear your mind.

Five Finger ExerciseBegin by sitting in a comfy position and resting your hands in your lap. Close your eyes. Take a few deep relaxing breaths.
Using your right or left hand (it doesn’t matter which one you choose), lift your thumb and gently put it on your index finger. Let your mind wander back to a time when you felt a healthy sense of fatigue, like after you ran a race or finished an exhilarating workout.

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Refocus with Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks that Work

Brain BreaksTaking breaks is good for the brain! It is true, whether you are a student, teacher, employee, employer or simply engaged in an activity for an extended period. Take a brain break every half hour to stay mentally refreshed. Here are brain breaks that are proven to work; each one takes only one to two minutes.

Waving Hands Exercise

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Chill Out Your Mind

How to Chill-Out your Mind

Chill Out Your MindHave you heard the phrase, “take a chill pill?” No, you don’t have to take a pill but you can learn more natural ways to chill-out your mind during the stressful times in life to get through them more successfully.

Let It Go

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Relaxing with Music

How to Relax with Music

Relaxing with MusicRelaxation is so important to a health and well-being and I am sure most of you know music is also very helpful in helping the mind, body and soul not only relax but maintain a calm state. You don’t have to listen to old classical music to put yourself in a relaxing state, the important thing to remember is you listen to music that you enjoy and that calms you personally. What works for one person to help maintain calmness might get another person’s heart rate all wild; find what works best for you.

Rhythm and Relaxing

The key to using music in relaxation techniques is the rhythm, each of the different beats in a song can help to create various mental and emotional states in the body, this goes hand in hand with relaxation. If you are new to relaxing with music try to pick a rhythm that is slow to start with, some people have suggested beginning with the reggae genre first, but you can choose whichever appeals to you most. Second, find a comfortable spot that will be quiet and free from distractions. Get comfortable either sitting or lying in whatever position is most comfortable for you and close your eyes, put your head phones on, turn up the volume and breathe. Here is a good place to insert breathing techniques or even meditation techniques to help your entire body enter the relaxation state.

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5 Tips for Focusing

5 Tips to Help You Focus

Focus TipsIf you have trouble focusing, you are not alone. The brain is taking in a ton of information all of the time, and it can be overwhelming. Here are five tips to help you maintain your focus.

Use One Screen on the Computer

Most people have several screens open on the computer and toggle between them. This effect can keep your brain from becoming centered on just one task. Instead, open one window at a time as you work or browse web pages.

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom

How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui BedroomBy applying the principles of feng shui to your bedroom, you can improve your ability to relax there, with harmonious and sensual vibes. Here is how to set up your bedroom in feng shui style.

Bed Placement

Put your bed such that you can get into it from either side, rather than having one side against a wall. To balance the energy, put a side table at each side of it.

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How to Deal with Stress

3 Basics of Relieving Stress

Deal with StressIf you require a stress reliever, you have come to the right place. Here are the three important basics of relieving stress to help you learn to meet your needs for better overall well-being.

1. Biology and Stress

When you fail to meet your most basic, biological needs, your body functions at a less than optimal level, and that induces stress. On the other hand, when you meet biological needs by eating healthy and at regular times, for example, your body handles stress well. Other biology-related tips are to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, as well as go to sleep and wake up at about the same time every day.

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CBD Oil Break Down

CBD Oil Facts

CBD Oil FactsThe compound in marijuana called CBD or cannabidiol is receiving a lot of attention from researchers lately for its potential medicinal properties.
Previously, most people had only heard of THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the chemical ingredient in weed that is responsible for getting users high. CBD, on the other hand, does not seem to have that same effect, as studies are finding out.

While that “getting high” aspect that THC provides makes it fun in the eyes of recreational users, it interests doctors that CBD has much fewer side effects in comparison. It doesn’t alter the mind and thus can be potentially safer in high doses.

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3 Quick Ways to Relax

Quick Ways to Relax and Relieve Stress

Relaxation TipsWhen you become stressed, you tend to get less sleep, feel cranky and your blood pressure escalates. You may even develop ulcers and suffer a weakened immune system if it is a prolonged period of stress. To help deal with the strain, use these three quick ways to relax:

Take a Mini Break for Your Eyes

When you are looking at the computer or reading for a long time, your eyes can become tired. Give them a small break to relieve them, so you can return to your task refreshed.

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Use Art to Relax

The Power of Art Will Help You Relax

Using Art to RelaxDid you know that art has a role to play in our relaxation? This link between art and healing was recently confirmed by a study at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The researchers of this recent study found that after cancer patients at the hospital made art, they were more likely to report lower levels of depression, anxiety, pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. As well, they were more likely to report having an appetite and the positive feeling of well-being.

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Tips to Unwind at Night

Four Tips for Unwinding at Night

Unwind at NightToday's fast paced world keeps our bodies and brains in overdrive on a daily basis. With emails, texts and social media, there is not a moments rest. It is important for our health to find ways to turn off the switch and unwind at night. This is easier said than done, however developing nightly rituals can help tremendously.

Here Are Some Nighttime Rituals to Unwind

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Overcome Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety Naturally

Overcome AnxietyAnxiety is a powerful emotion that can cause attacks and disrupt your daily life. While many people turn to weekly therapy sessions and even medication to overcome their anxiety there is a simple and natural way that will help you calm yourself. A tip from an American Buddhist nun and spiritual teacher Pema Chodron, has helped to revolutionize many lives, including some of those that happen to suffer from anxiety.
Negative emotions have a way of ruining your entire day and are able to cause severe problems in your professional and personal life. The stress and pain that comes with all those negative emotions can bring you to a dark place leaving you feeling desperate and lonely. Being able to overcome those negative emotions and being able to see the beauty of each day is essential in order to enjoy your life and accomplish your goals..

In her book, Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears, Pema Chodron referenced the scientific fact that each emotion only lasts 90 seconds on it’s own and then people must exert an amount of energy in order to dwell on the emotion for longer. Pema Chodron noted the fact that most people dwell on the emotion by trying to close themselves off from it rather than experiencing it, soon causing the emotion to become too big to ignore. Allowing yourself to briefly accept and experience your emotions you can lead a more productive and happy life. By choosing to let go of the overwhelming emotions and taking a few deep breaths you can easily prevent the anxiety from consuming you and leading to a panic attack.

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Improve The Mood Of Those Around You

Make Life Easier By Positively Priming Others

Positively Priming OthersHaving a positive attitude with the people around you can help you to have a better overall experience in your day to day life. Positive reinforcement is a very important thing in helping people become accomplished individuals. By creating a positive atmosphere for others you are also creating a positive atmosphere for yourself, giving you more energy and a higher capability for success in working towards your goals. Whether you are running a household or a corporation, introducing positivity into your environment can have a significant impact.

If you are skeptical about how impactful positivity from you can be in someone else’s life just take a look at these two studies that have surprising and impressive results when individuals receive support and positive priming. Even a Harvard Study of men showed that the men who had supportive and loving mothers in their lives made on average $70,000 more per year 25 years after graduation. When you have a supportive system around you it will help you to have more confidence as well as make you adjust your behavior in order to help meet the expectations of others. Proof of this is evident in an Israeli military experiment in which soldiers were randomly rated as average performance, high performance, and yet to be determined performance. Those soldiers that were ranked high performance actually rose to the top of the class. These are only a few examples of the great power of positivity in someone else’s life.

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Focus on the Big Goal

How to Focus on the Big Goal

Achieve Your BlogsWhen you have a long-term goal, you likely think about it a lot. However, when it comes to acting on it, then you likely say you will start tomorrow or some other day in the future. Are we right? Rather than making excuses or putting off the big goal, here is how to focus on it today and begin working toward it!

Pick One or Two Goals to Focus On

One reason it can be difficult to focus is that you have too much going on, so instead pick just one (or two at the most) goals. Don’t overload yourself trying to juggle a lot of projects. Complete the one or two goals before you move on to the next one.

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