Did you know that expressing gratitude can make you happier? It’s been scientifically proven. Gratitude and happiness fit together like a hand in glove.

Thanksgiving is almost here and it is the time when we focus on being more thankful. We can be thankful all year long and according to the research, it’s probably an excellent act for us to do, because it helps us be happier.

I’m a Happier Person

I used to feel like I was the worse person in the world because my child has Down syndrome, I would be lying if I told you I no longer have those feelings.

Honestly, it’s a feeling that will never, ever go away as long as I live, but I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change and live life.

One action that has helped me is expressing gratitude. Instead of focusing on the negatives (what I don’t have), I look at the positives (what I do have – could be worse) about my daughter.

Gratitude has helped me see with eyes wide open that what is deemed as something, bad, negative, and a curse is actually not any of that.

The more I’m grateful the happier I am to have a kid like the one I have. These days, I don’t have time to wallow in self-pity, because I’m too busy watching the little soul blossom.

Continue reading “Expressing Gratitude Can Make You Happier – 11 Quotes”

low-energy

We live in a fast-paced world, and if you haven’t noticed, there’s always something capturing our attention. When do we ever take time away from it all? Some of us never slow-down, and over time, we find ourselves with low energy.

There are many reasons why you’re tired, and I’ll give you ten reasons why, by addressing some possible dietary and psychological causes for low energy.

What Is Low Energy?

Low energy/fatigue is how the nervous system responds after being in a prolonged state of alarm that comes from low-levels of sustained stress.

Constant living under stress, without ever taking action to manage stress, ultimately drains the body, which leads to low energy.

The stress response is designed to activate for short periods, and many times we carry stress around with us, instead of managing it effectively.

Thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and even our lives are sources of stress, that’s why we must make a conscious effort to use stress management techniques to ensure that we don’t hold on to low-level stress.

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Reasons you’re tired

Dietary Reasons for Low Energy

#1 Fast Eating

Eating fast activates the stress response. Stress slows down digestion.

Here’s what to do:

  • stop eating fast
  • slow down
  • focus on your food
  • deep breathe

#2 Macronutrient Imbalance

Macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. If you’re eating a lot of one macro, and small amounts of others, it causes imbalances.

Here’s what to do:

  • maintain a good balance
  • incorporate all macronutrients in each meal

#3 Excess Caffeine

Coffee and other caffeine-containing beverages/foods are known for boosting energy, but caffeine also drains the adrenal glands. If you’re consuming excessive amounts of caffeine and still have low energy, something is happening.

Here’s what to do:

  • decrease caffeine intake
  • stop consuming caffeine
  • use caffeine substitutes

#4 Excess Sugar

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Most of us do, but too much sugar is not a good thing. Sugar gives you a burst of quick energy, but the energy you get is short-lived.

Here’s what to do:

  • decrease your sugar consumption
  • read food and ingredient labels
  • use small amounts of natural sweeteners, like honey or Stevia
  • select high-quality carbohydrates

#5 Low Pleasure Diet

Are you depriving yourself of pleasure with food? Is your diet so restrictive that you are avoiding almost everything?

Here’s what to do:

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I can’t keep my eyes open

Psychological Reasons for Low Energy

Where your mind goes, attention flows.

#1 Anxiety

Anxiety is normal in stressful situations, but continued anxiety (fear and persistent worry about everyday situations) is what leads to low energy.

Here’s what to do:

  • take time for relaxation
  • pray about the situations of concern
  • focus on what you can control

#2 Unforgiveness

Holding grudges and aughts is taxing on the mind, body, and spirit.  It makes you bitter, sick and zaps your energy.

Here’s what to do:

#3 With-Held Emotions

Don’t blow a gasket is often said to those who have pent-up emotions. It takes a lot of energy to with-hold your feelings.

Here’s what to do:

  • express your emotions often
  • allow yourself to feel the emotion
  • deep breathe
  • relax
  • reflect

#4 Undigested Life Experience

Did something happen to you that shook you to the core? You continuously think about it, but you won’t talk about what happened. You’re walking around, holding in the experience and it takes energy to keep doing it.

Here’s what to do:

#5 Lack of Trust

Is it hard for you to trust? Are you distrustful of almost everyone you meet? It takes a lot of energy to always be on the defense. Being distrustful wears on your mind, body, and spirit.

Here’s what to do:

  • be open-minded
  • embrace what is
  • talk to someone

Bottom Line

Diet and psychology are a few reasons why low energy occurs. However, stress is a common denominator.

If you ever have low energy and you don’t know why; check the food you’re eating and your mental health. There you’ll find your answers.

Until next time.

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healthy lifestyle changes

Did you make resolutions or set goals to make healthy lifestyle changes in 2019? I did, but I will share those in my next blog post.

The new year is an excellent time to make changes to your lifestyle to improve your health and well-being.

Making healthy lifestyle changes is hard, but don’t try to do everything all at once, take your time. Today, you learn seven healthy lifestyle changes to make in 2019.

Get Proper Rest

Getting adequate amounts of sleep is vital to being healthy. Sleeping is the time for the body to repair and rejuvenate the cells. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night and make it a priority.

Go Outside and Bask in the Sun

The sun gives life and is an excellent mood enhancer. If you feel down, go outside and get some sunshine.

In this day and time, many of us don’t go out much but start going outside and basking in the sun because not only does it help with your mood, it also is a source of vitamin D.

Walk More

Walking is a great way to get movement in your day. Instead of trying to grab a parking space that’s closer to the store, park farther away so you can walk. Walking has fantastic benefits and might even help you drop a few pounds.

Embrace Food as Fuel

Don’t look at food as the enemy. Instead, embrace food as fuel for your body. Choose the food that is the highest quality if possible, but if you can’t get the highest quality, get close to it.

Labeling certain foods as bad can cause you to develop an unhealthy relationship with food, and we don’t want to do that. We want to have a healthy relationship with food and understand that food is fuel.

Express Yourself

Don’t keep your emotions muzzled, instead express yourself. If anything bothers you, don’t hold back how you feel because holding in our feelings does more harm than good.

You must let go of toxic, unhealthy emotions when they arise. Inhale and exhale those emotions; you’ll feel better.

Take Time Away from the Digital World

Unplug from the digital world sometimes. Constantly being wired affects the brain and it increases stress. Take time away from the screen.

A good habit to start is to set a time each night that you are not using any devices. It’s called winding down for the night and try not to lie in bed on your devices.

Do you know that using devices before bed makes it harder for you to fall asleep because your mind is still going? Make a habit of unplugging daily.

Focus, Focus, Focus

Stay focused on improving yourself in all areas of your life. Focus helps you with your overall health and well-being.

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have and when you focus you can do anything.

Question: What are some healthy lifestyle changes that you are making in 2019? Comment below and let us know!

 

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