TOP 5 HEALTHY LIFE HACKS TO HAVE AN AWESOME MORNING
START WITH GREEN TEA, THEN COFFEE. A cup of coffee at 7 a.m. can leave you burned out by 10 a.m. Try swapping it with green tea for a more gentle wake-up call. After that, you can brew your favorite coffee to keep you going strong. This practice also might help you consume less caffeine overall! TAKE A QUICK MORNING WALK — AND HAVE YOUR MEETINGS ON THE GO. Morning meetings can make us want to fall asleep again. Don’t spend all of them sitting down if you don’t have to! Not only will morning walks help you wake up, but they can also add some extra physical activity to your day.
WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL. Who says you have to journal at the end of the day when you’re tired and ready to sleep? You can journal in the morning about what happened yesterday and the things you’re looking forward to that day. Journaling can remind you of your daily goals and motivate you to stick to your commitments. PACK YOUR LUNCH (OR SNACKS!). Staying on track with your goals starts with having the energy to do them. Plan a healthy balance of fats, vegetables, carbohydrates, and proteins. This can be as simple as assembling dips, carrots, wraps, and salads each morning.
Getting your day started with coffee isn't always enough. Sometimes, you need to give yourself an extra boost, especially when you have little energy or trouble focusing. For an awesome start to your day, here are five tips to get you going right off the bat. WAKE UP 5 MINUTES EARLY. What’s the power of five minutes? It can be more than you think. Spend this time doing simple breathing exercises or a quick meditation so you can get focused for the rest of the day. If that’s not your style, you can prepare a quick to-do list for your day ahead. Either way, it’s always nice to have a little extra time for yourself without losing too much sleep.
It’s time to try these tactics to superboost your day!
PAUL’S ADVENTURES IN ACUPUNCTURE
How Lakeview Acupuncture Helps Fix My Winter Blues
A lot of people are freaked out by acupuncture, and I can’t really blame them. If you’ve never tried it, it seems a bit crazy that sticking a bunch of needles in your back can help relieve pain rather than cause it. I even had those same doubts — until my very first session with Lakeview Acupuncture last year wiped them away. Alternative medicine has always intrigued me, and that’s probably why I was open to the idea of trying acupuncture when I met acupuncturist Janet Hibsch and her husband at a radio station event last year. That night, Janet told me about her work. I was curious to learn more, so when a cold snap got me feeling down in the dumps I decided to give acupuncture a try. Lakeview Acupuncture shares space with Racine Family Care Chiropractic. During my first visit, Janet had me lay on my stomach on the table, then inserted needles in my upper and lower back and hooked me up to electrodes that administered a gentle current. I couldn’t even feel the needles! I just laid there relaxing for a while until Janet wrapped up the session with a nice
massage. When I got up to leave, I felt fantastic. I couldn’t believe how loose and relaxed I was leaving the office and how much my outlook on life had improved! My sister has been going to an acupuncturist for years and has told me all about how it helped with her health issues, but I hadn’t put much stock in the needles’ ability to balance the energy (also known as qi ) in my body until that point. Lakeview Acupuncture’s website explains that acupuncture reduces inflammation, increases blood flow and range of motion, reduces muscle spasm, decreases the side effects of medication, and helps you feel more relaxed. It certainly made me feel relaxed! This is my second winter relying on acupuncture. Frankly, I can’t recommend Janet and her services (she also offers cupping) highly enough, even to the skeptics out there. You can learn more about Lakeview Acupuncture at LakeviewAcupuncture. net, and if you make an appointment, let Janet know I sent you!
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