Three Ways to Achieve Higher Energy Levels

If you’re like many people, you live your life on-the-go. From work and kids to housework, cooking, and more, there’s much to be done on any given day. It’s not surprising that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 38.4 percent of adults fail to get the amount of sleep necessary to properly rejuvenate.

Whether you have an overwhelming schedule you’re trying to keep up with or just feel your energy levels aren’t as high as they should be, there are things that can be done to help increase these levels, and these three in particular can help you do just that.

1. Encourage Quality Sleep

cooling-mattress-sleepThe hours we spend resting peacefully between the sheets is of high importance. It’s during this time that the body is busy rejuvenating and preparing to allow you the energy you’ll need to face yet another day in the morning. However, all too many find themselves tossing and turning long into the night. There are a few tips to achieve better sleep including:

  • Purchase cooling mattress toppers. Science has shown that the body temperature cools as we drift off to sleep, and these products can help you get there more quickly and efficiently. You can find some quality ones here.
  • Eliminate distractions such as the television and your cell phone. Even minimal light can disrupt sleep, so consider pointing your illuminated alarm clock away from your face.
  • Implement a wind-down time about one or two hours before bed to help the body adapt to your sleep schedule and prepare for it accordingly on a nightly basis. During this time, do something relaxing like meditating or reading a book.

2. Make Time for Reflection

man-on-yoga-meditationHustle and bustle is a part of life, and there certainly are a number of responsibilities that must be faced each day to ensure success. However, we all have to make time for ourselves. To ensure this, set aside no less than an hour block each day dedicated to doing something just for yourself. Whether you relax while taking a warm bath with a couple of candles lit or benefit more from meditation and activities such as Yoga, this can help you allow your body, mind, and spirit to recharge and reconnect to give you the advantage in both your personal and professional life.

3. Don’t Compromise On Nutrition

breakfast-mealYou are what you eat, and proper nutrition is crucial when it comes to proper energy levels. However, with convenience foods so readily available and time cut short due to busy lifestyles, it can be too easy to compromise on your nutritional intake.

There are a few tips to employ to ensure you get the vitamins and minerals you need at a price you can afford including:

  • Shopping in the outermost areas of the grocery store as this is where the basic food items you need are located. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and lean meats. Try to avoid going down grocery store aisles as much as possible as this is where most heavily processed foods are typically located.
  • Rather than focusing on three large meals, consider eating smaller snack-sized portions throughout the day.
  • Take the time the night before work to prepare lunch for work or class the next day.

Bad Posture Has More Impact On Your Physical Appearance Than You Think

Whether or not we like to admit it, we live in a society that places a strong focus on physical appearance. From the billboards that crowd the sides of busy highways to magazines in the grocery store and more, we are surrounded by heavily-edited photos depicting the media’s idea of beauty. While this has proven an effective way to market products and services, it has had a negative impact on the self-esteem of people all over the globe. In fact, the American Association of Suicidology reports that poor self-image is a primary risk factor of suicide in teenagers.

One of the most striking parts of our appearance is our stance and presence. The right posture can give you the respectable stature you need to make the right impression, and you can enjoy a number of added benefits aside from aesthetics including:

  • Keeping bones and joints properly aligned to encourage proper muscle functioning
  • Decreasing wear of joints
  • Preventing spine from fixing in wrong positions

Whether you have long practiced bad posture or just want to relieve some of the stress you feel in your back at the close of a busy day, you should consider a posture corrector to get all the support you need and avoid some of the little-known consequences of years of bad posture. Not only does this increase your aesthetic appeal, but it is important to your health.

Hunchback

If you’ve ever seen the Hunchback of Notre Dame, you know that the main character suffers from a problem that has a highly negative effect on his appearance. It’s estimated that around four to six percent of the general population suffers with this problem in the real world, and a primary reason it develops in the first place is poor posture while sitting for long hours. This can be of considerable concern considering many of us sit in an office for 40 hours a week. Aside from the large C-shape your back will slowly develop over time, you will also have to deal with the aches and pains associated with hunchback.

There are some solutions to help improve your posture and reduce the development of a hunchback. For starters, consider lying on a foam roller that’s positioned perpendicular to your spine. Facing the ceiling with hands placed behind your head, roll the upper region of your back up and down the roller. If you have other areas of your back that are causing pain, you can adjust the roller and perform this relieving action there as well. You could also consider taking a Yoga class as they put a focus on relieving tension and stress in various targeted body areas.

Foot Over-Pronation

If you’re starting to notice your feet flattening, this is another indicator you may have bad posture. When your arch begins to fade away, you run the risk of your ankles beginning to bend inward or outward. Aside from the fact that this can make it look awkward when you walk, it also causes:

  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Tightening of the calf muscles
  • Bunions
  • Pain in the soles of the feet
  • Pain in toes

The best solution for this problem is a quality posture corrector. Using these products, you can enjoy the ability to live your day as you normally would while the product causes you to naturally assume the right posture throughout the day.

Pelvic Tilt

If you’ve ever seen someone whose torso appears pushed forward, you likely wondered to yourself just what exactly was off. This is a common symptom of pelvic tilt, a condition where the pelvis is tilted forward, and it’s often associated with continual poor posture. Those most at risk of this development sit for long hours without stretching, and just a few of the complications those suffering encounter include:

  • Weakened muscles
  • Lower back pain
  • Stomach protrusion that can make you appear to be fat

In order to combat this problem, exercise can prove to be your best friend. Focus on glutes and hip flexors to best provide yourself the ability to maintain proper posture.

Enjoying Life to It’s Fullest

You have one life to live, and the things you do now will have an impact on the future you. When you take proactive measures, you can best ensure that impact will come in a positive form. Experts report that approximately 75 percent of Americans complain of back pain and other problems, and some of them can be painful or downright gross. However, when you’ve equipped yourself with the knowledge of what awaits those who fail to correct their posture, you have taken the first step in reducing your chances of the development of many of these common problems suffered by thousands of people across the globe.

Conflicted: Should I Stop Patronizing Fast Food?

I admit, I am one of those plenty people who have fallen in love for fast food. In fact, food items from these joints are almost my staple meals, because they are so accessible.

I really just love eating in a fast food chain. Burgers, fries, sundaes, drinks, name it, I love them all. My addiction of fast foods started when I was a kid. I always ask my mom to take me to this particular fast food chain. I would order as many as I want and when I am full I will play at a nearby playhouse. Now that I am 18 years old, my love for this particular fast food chain and my addiction to fast foods has not changed.

However, a recent incident is making me think over my fast food eating addictions. I know, I am a sucker for gross things, but its not that fun when I am the one to fall victim to them.

I  was heading home when I decided to treat myself by driving thru one of my favorite fast food chain. As usual, I order my favorite meal plus fries and burger. One of the things I love about this fast food chain is they prepare your order pretty fast. Everything comes quick, but of course, yes! It is a fast food chain and it should process your order real quick. As I was staring the little window while the crew prepares my order, I notice that the patty of my burger accidentally fell on the floor. What the crew did was he was very quick to get the patty and put it in the burger bun as if nothing happened.

With a smile, he handed my order. I really want to sue him! I am very mad at him. I feel like he is always like that every time something falls on the floor. It was indeed a stomach crunching experience for me. I decided to not confront him because my headache is terrible, not to mention the heavy traffic. I just couldn’t believe what my eyes just saw! Just imagine all the bacteria and dirt on the floor, they for sure are present in my burger now. How can I eat it? To my dismay, I throw not just the burger but the whole thing the crew gave me. I just couldn’t bear to eat them even the fries.

Well, that incident was that one time. I recall the incident and I really feel sick to the stomach. However, there still remain some times when I crave for fast food; thus my dilemma:

Should I or should I not patronize fast food, given the recent incident?

To be honest, I do not know. Back then, when the incident happened, I could remember myself thinking and deciding that I will no longer eat food from fast food chains; that I should learn to wait for like 20 to 30 minutes for my foods to be served in regular restaurants.

I’ll sleep over the thought and hopefully find myself deciding to aim for healthier options. After all, health is wealth, right?

A Most Horrible Death

As there are a lot of ways to live, there also are numerous ways to die, and death, is one gruesome thing that not a lot of people can stomach.

It is especially difficult to take death because it is something that all humans are afraid of. Death means the end of your life, and even when there are a lot of beliefs of an afterlife, no one can never really find out if they are given a second chance at life, unless they face death and die.

Life and death is a really ironic thing. No life is valued if death does not exist, and death cannot happen if there is no life. And in between life and death, people are given the chance to live and make sure they do not die in vain.

But is there such a thing as NOT dying in vain? Again, that question alone can merit a lot of answers from different points of view. So, I’m not answering that. That is for you to figure out for yourself.

What I do know about death, however, is that it is hard to stomach, and to make that an even more valid claim, I will share one of the most horrifying and gruesome death known (or maybe unknown) to man.

This death is more of an unplanned suicide. Suicide is an act of cowardice, for most people. It is something done by those who have given up on life, even when they are still in a position to make the most out of it. People who commit suicide are often filled with depression. People with suicidal tendencies should not be left alone, because they will get their hands on their own life, the moment they get the chance to do so. However, this man, committed suicide unknowingly. If you read on, maybe, you could also conclude that it was not suicide, perhaps. But rather, his pride, that brought him to a gruesome end.

The man I am referring to is Mr. Reichelt. He tried to invent the kind of parachute you see in movies where you only have to extend your arms and flaps that serves as your wings will be revealed, allowing you to maneuver  through the wind with ease.

Yes, he made an attempt in builting that, and then died trying to prove that his invention has worked. He went up the Eiffel tower to test his invention. His friends agreed to come with him, thinking that he was going to use a dummy on the experiment. However, they all were shocked when he revealed that he was making the jump himself. His friends tried so hard to persuade him not to do it, but he insisted, putting his faith and life on his invention.

Of course, the moment he jumped off the building, everyone knew, including Mr. Reichelt, that he has made a huge mistake. He fell to his death, crushed from head to toe. He jumped prepared to die, but not really. When onlookers went to see his body, his eyes were the look of terror.

What happened to the invention? Was it ever pushed forward from that moment? Is Mr. Reichelt still partly recognized for his efforts on his invention? I honestly don’t know. Right after reading on his death, my stomach guts caught up my throat and I just could not read any further.