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The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

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Losing weight isn’t an easy feat, but then, if it were, no one would be overweight. Unfortunately, there is also no one-size-fits-all solution for those want to lose a few extra pounds, as everyone is different and everyone’s body burns off fat differently. However, there are a few general rules that everyone should follow when they’re trying to lose weight. Here they are for you to consider.

 

Don’t Starve Yourself

The first and possibly most important piece of advice for anyone trying to lose weight is to never starve yourself. Not only is this incredibly unhealthy and could lead to anorexia, but it also isn’t a successful way to lose fat. In fact, your body will try to store more fat than it’s burning, and you’ll lose muscle instead. You will also likely start overeating at some point and will put on even more weight than you initially lost.

 

Do Create A Meal Plan

Instead of starving yourself, make an effort to eat foods that are healthy and full of nutrients, rather than fat and sugar. Creating a meal plan will help with this, as you’ll know what you’re supposed to be eating for each meal, so won’t just order a takeaway or buy a microwave meal on a whim.

 

Don’t Expect A Quick Fix

There is no quick fix for losing weight, so don’t look for one. Despite what the internet may say, there is no magic pill that will fix all of your problems. Liposuction won’t work either, as it is meant to contour the body after weight loss, rather than remove large amounts of fat. Just look at some liposuction videos, if you don’t believe me. Losing weight is a long game, I’m afraid.

 

Do Drink Lots Of Water

It’s important that you drink enough water each day for good health, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s even more important. This is because it is necessary for metabolism to occur, which burns calories and fat. It also helps you to feel full, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much.

 

Don’t Cut Out Foods

If you want to eat healthily and lose fat, the last thing that you should do is deny yourself the odd doughnut here and there. Trust me, having an unhealthy snack once in a blue moon isn’t going to ruin your weight loss, but not having one could, as you’ll just crave unhealthy foods more and more.

 

Do Have Will Power

Unfortunately, once you’ve had one unhealthy snack, you might want another one, so you’re going to have to stop yourself. Don’t start thinking that it’s okay to have two slices of cake just because you’ve had one, because, before you know it, you’ll have had the whole thing to yourself. You can treat yourself, but you can’t overindulge.

 

Losing weight is difficult, and it’s different for everyone. However, as long as you follow these general rules, you should find it a lot easier to shed your fat and lose a few pounds.

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A Pain In The Neck: How To Treat Neck Pain

A Pain In The Neck: How To Treat Neck Pain

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Neck pain can occur due to a variety of reasons. It could be strain from staring down at a computer or an injury as the result in whiplash. In both cases, it can be aggravating, and in serious cases debilitating. Here are a few of the steps worth taking to help treat neck pain.

 

See a doctor

 

You don’t need to see a doctor if it’s a simple strain, but if it’s pain as a result of an injury, your first step should always be to get checked out. The pain could be muscular or spinal pain in some cases, which may need specialised treatment. Doctors may also be able to recommend activities worth avoiding such as driving or sports, as well as medication and stretches.

 

Know your legal rights

 

Neck pain can often be caused by whiplash. This may be the fault of someone else, which could mean that you’re entitled to compensation. Its worth seeking out legal advice to if you’ve got a case. Compensation could help pay for your recovery or help fund you if you’ve been signed off work (i.e. you may not be able to perform a driving job with a neck injury).

 

Consider alternative medicine

 

Certain forms of alternative therapy such as chiropractic and acupuncture work for some people with neck pain. Even a regular massage could help to ease chronic neck pain. Look into different forms of therapy and see what works for you.

 

Use hot and cold methods

 

The heat and the cool can both be effective methods against neck pain. When it’s an injury, you may want to use cold methods within 48 hours of the incident to reduce swelling. This could involve applying an ice pack to the affected area or a bag of frozen vegetables. For chronic pain or for injuries after two days, hot methods are generally better at combating inflammation by helping the muscles to relax. This could include applying a heated towel on the injury or taking a long hot bath.

 

Stretch it out

 

Various stretches can help to ease pain. These are best recommended by a doctor or physical therapist. Physical activities such as yoga and Pilates are great for helping neck pain too – your instructor should be able to recommend stretches based on your pain. Try to avoid any stretches that are instructed against as these might make your injury or pain worse.

 

Buy a firm pillow

A regular pillow could aggravate neck pain. It could be worth buying an orthopaedic pillow that makes lying down more comfortable. When travelling you may also want to buy a travel pillow to help support your neck. In the case of an injury, a physical therapist may be able to make recommendations.

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Knowing Who to Contact When Your Health Takes a Turn for the Worse

Knowing Who to Contact When Your Health Takes a Turn for the Worse

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Even as children, we are taught that when problems arise with our health or the health of others around us, it’s absolutely essential to seek help. But no matter our age, it can still remain difficult to determine who to call for the best advice or treatment. For those who often find themselves wavering when it comes to making the decision, here’s a quick recap on who you need to contact when health takes a turn for the worse.

 

Emergencies

 

Let’s start with the area that people tend to have the most confusion: emergencies. People know less about emergency health procedure because they generally have less experience with it. We may know to call emergency services if something major happens (severe bleeding, heart attacks, or unconsciousness for example), but if there’s isn’t significant and obvious visual evidence of someone’s life-threatening state, many of us will hesitate. We don’t want to call emergency services unnecessarily and waste their precious time that may be needed by someone else. Generally, it’s best to remember that heavy bleeding, difficulties breathing, serious headaches, broken bones, and incapacitation are all extremely valid reasons to report an emergency. If you are unsure, it’s better to be safe than sorry and call to find out. The operator will guide you through what to do until professional paramedics or links air evac arrive.

 

Check-Ups

 

If you notice any minor change in your health or body in general, it’s best to contact your doctor at the surgery you’re registered with. While the care isn’t as urgent as in critical cases, you should be able to get an appointment on any given day the surgery is open. Just because your problem isn’t debilitating, doesn’t mean you should put it off until it becomes serious. The better it is seen to, the better. Not only will these doctors have your entire previous medical record (giving them a better understanding of you as an individual), but they will be able to deal with the majority of common complaints that people have. If not, they will be able to refer you on to other specialists if your condition needs further investigation and treatment.

 

Medication

 

If you have concerns regarding your medication, how to take it, when it to take, or how much of it to take, you should seek the help of a pharmacist. Generally, your pharmacist will offer succinct advice when handing over the medication, but many people feel hesitant to ask any further questions. They take their products and walk away, inputting their questions into search engines once their home. This is inadvisable. After all, anyone can say anything they please online. A registered and trained pharmacist will be able to give you straightforward answers to anything you may need to know, and you needn’t doubt their advice.

 

These are just a few situations where you really need to know standard protocol and who to contact. The more aware you are of who can help you, the sooner your problems can be seen to and rectified. So don’t delay!

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Five Little-Known Risk Factors of Sinus Infections

Five Little-Known Risk Factors of Sinus Infections

If you fear the winter weather, and are expecting to spend a few weeks with a terrible sinus infection, you should think about the reasons why your body is reacting this way to bacteria and viruses. From immune disorders to environmental factors, there are several reasons why some people are more likely to suffer from a sinus infection than others. Below you will find five risk factors to consider.

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  1. Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

When you smoke, your airways will need to face constant irritation. Your lung functions at a reduced capacity, and this means that less oxygen gets in your system. Your body will not be able to fight the virus and bacteria as well as it could if you were not smoking. At the same time, the toxins of the smoke  will damage the nasal cells. You will be more likely to get respiratory illnesses and sinusitis.

  1. Asthma

When you have asthma, you will not be able to breathe at full capacity with an infection. As a result, less air will be going through your sinus, and the natural cleansing will not work. Asthma sufferers are more likely to get an inflammation of the ear and the nasal airways, as well. You will have to consult with your healthcare provider to find out how you can prevent a sinus infection.

  1. Hay Fever

If you have hay fever, you will get blocked nose from dust and pollen. This will make the mucus in your sinuses build up, causing a serious infection. Inflamed and swollen airways can make you more prone to infections, and this means you will get sinusitis more often than other people. It is important that you take your antihistamines in cold season and when viruses and bacterial infections are around.

  1. Air Conditioning

Air conditioning can make your starting sinus or ear infection worse. If the air filter in your car, home, or workplace hasn’t been cleaned or changed recently, it might be time to check whether or not this causes the problem. Air conditioning can cause serious sinusitis and even temporary or permanent hearing loss if the infection spreads to your ears. Learn more about ear infections and hearing loss to avoid the most common causes.

  1. Autoimmune Diseases

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If you have any type of autoimmune disease, such as food intolerance, asthma, or diabetes, your body’s immune system will not be able to fight the infection. You might have to take antibiotics immediately to avoid serious complications, such as ear ache and infections. You need to be more careful when going out in cold weather, and wear hats and scarves every time. You need to remember that you are more vulnerable to infections and viruses than most people.

 

If you are wondering what makes you more vulnerable to sinus infections and other complications of common colds, your immune system or genetics might be to blame. At the same time, if you get fresh air regularly, and make your body adapt gradually to the change of temperature, check your air conditioning, you can prevent a few painful complications of cold, such as sinus infections.

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How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy In Nine Simple Steps

How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy In Nine Simple Steps

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Now that you are pregnant (congratulations!) you need to put a lot of effort into ensuring that you are and remain physically and emotionally healthy. After all, it’s not just you that you have to take care of anymore; It’s also your little one. Nobody wants to have to deal with any problems with their pregnancy, and while problems will sometimes occur no matter what you do, there is a lot that you can do to reduce this likelihood. Here are some steps that you should take after learning that you’ve got a bun in the oven.

 

  1. Visit Your Doctor ASAP

As soon as you know that you’re pregnant, contact your doctor and schedule your first prenatal appointment. There you will be able to get a lot of support and advice to ensure that your pregnancy is healthy right from the very start. You will be able to ask any niggling questions that you may have and ease your mind of any worries.

 

  1. Ditch All Alcohol

While some people say that you can have the odd glass of wine while you’re pregnant, it really isn’t recommended, and you should try to cut alcohol out completely the second you find out you’re pregnant. If you’re struggling to do this, you should contact your doctor to get some help dealing with addiction while pregnant if you want to give your baby the best chance at a healthy life. The same goes for any sort of drug addiction.

 

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  1. Stop Smoking

Like with alcohol, smoking has been linked with some serious health problems for babies, including miscarriage, premature delivery, and growth problems. Quitting smoking is never going to be easy, so don’t try to do it alone; Get some help from your doctor and ask for support from your loved ones. If you don’t smoke, you should also stay away from secondhand smoke wherever possible.

 

  1. Reduce Caffeine Intake

While your caffeine addiction might not seem as serious as others I have mentioned, it can be just as dangerous, so cutting out coffees and energy drinks are highly recommended. Trying drinking decaf drinks and drinking more water for a much healthier pregnancy. Reducing your caffeine intake will also make it easier to sleep at night, which is so important during pregnancy.

 

  1. Don’t Eat For Two

You may have another human being inside you, but they are incredibly small, so you really don’t need to eat as much food as you might think you do. In fact, you only need an extra 300 calories, and a lot of this should be used up by protein, rather than a comical amount of chocolate and chips. Taking prenatal vitamins will also help you to hit this iron quota.

 

  1. Change Your Chores

There are a lot of cleaning products and pesticides that can be dangerous to an unborn baby, so you are going to have to consider making some changes to your household chores. When you speak to your doctor, let them know the sorts of things you do around the house, and they will be able to tell you of any hazards in your cleaning routine.

 

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  1. Get Some Exercise

A good exercise routine will help to keep you healthy during your pregnancy, ease any aches you may be feeling, and will give you the strength to handle carrying around a baby and going through labour. It also helps to elevate your mood and reduce stress, so is practically essential for pregnant women. Just make sure that you drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard.

 

  1. Watch Your Teeth

Lots of pregnant women are unaware that hormone changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of gum disease, so don’t focus on their oral health enough. Well, you can now consider yourself informed. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth night and day, and visit your dentist when you’re supposed to, not when you can be bothered or can get around to it.

 

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  1. Catch Some Z’s

You are going to feel incredibly tired at times in your pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters, so listen to your body and slow down a little. Ensure that you are getting quality sleep every single night and that you get some rest during the day when you feel like you need a rest.

 

Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in a woman’s life, and with these tips, you can help to ensure that it also an incredibly healthy time.

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Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

By Guest Blogger, Sarah C.,

Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

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When it comes to getting healthy we hear an awful lot about exercise regimes and fad diets. What we don’t hear quite as much about is sleep. Why is that? Maybe it’s because sleep is something you can do for free!

 

Obviously diet and exercise are important but the lack of attention paid to sleep is surprising considering how vital a role it plays in both our physical and mental health.

 

What’s more, how well we sleep also plays a huge part in our capacity for exercise and our ability to maintain a healthy diet. So, while those two might be the pillars of a healthy life, good sleep is the foundation on which they stand.

 

Read on below to discover just how important sleep is for your health and why you should spend more time thinking about it…

 

Boost to the immune system

 

Our bodies are amazing things, while we lie asleep at night they get busy and go to work repairing themselves from the hardships of the day. If our sleep is broken these processes are obviously disrupted and don’t function nearly as well. That in a nutshell is why we feel bad if we don’t get sufficient sleep.

 

One very important process that takes place while we sleep is the production of cytokines, also known as the things that bravely fight off bacteria and viruses. These little guys are the cornerstone of our immune system.

 

If we’re sleep-deprived our immune system becomes impaired, meaning we are less able to fight off infection and less able to bounce back once we become infected. The result is more colds, more flu and more sick days to get over them. Not fun!

 

The heart of the matter

 

Not only does sleep improve your resistance to viruses such flu and colds, it also reduces your risk of being afflicted by a whole host of more serious conditions. Chief amongst these are strokes, heart disease and heart attacks.

 

When it comes to sleep and heart health the exact mechanisms at play aren’t exactly known. One theory simply relates to wear and tear, when we sleep our blood pressure drops and our heart has to do less work. If we sleep less, our heart doesn’t get this break.

 

This means two people of the very same age may have hearts who have done considerably different amounts of work, simply due to a difference in sleep patterns.

 

Has this info got you clutching at your chest in surprise? Well, for advice on how to get a handle on your own sleep patterns why not turn to those in the know, head on over to the Sleep Advisor for specialist advice.

 

Improves weight loss

 

So you’ve been up every morning jogging and you’ve been knocking back those disgusting wheatgrass smoothies but still your waistline hasn’t budged. Why is this? Well, it could be because you’re not getting enough shuteye.

 

Firstly, when we are sleepy we have reduced willpower, meaning we are far more likely to hit the candy jar than when we’ve slept well.

 

Secondly, even if you’ve the willpower to resist temptation, not getting enough sleep will still impact your weight. Not fair I know!

 

Researchers at Chicago University have discovered that our bodies actually process food less efficiently when tired. Apparently when sleep-deprived our fat cells suffer from a condition called ‘metabolic grogginess’. Who knew?

 

Without getting too deep into technicalities, when tired our fat cells are unable to correctly respond to the hormone insulin. Insulin controls how fatty acids and lipids get used and stored. When tired it seems our bodies end up storing more fat than it should.

 

What’s more, metabolic grogginess can lead to fat being stored in the wrong places, such as the tissue in our liver. The result of this can be diabetes. Yikes!

 

So, keep up the jogs and keep knocking back those ‘tasty’ green leaf drinks by all means. But also add a couple of extra hours in bed to your regime and you’ll soon be dropping a few notches on your belt.

 

A brighter tomorrow

 

Sleep isn’t just good for our physical health it’s also strongly linked to our mental health. Such is the link in fact, it’s been reported that insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression as well-rested individuals.

 

Once again the exact reasons for the link between sleep and mental health aren’t completely understood. What we do know is that while we sleep our body attempts to regulate the levels of stress hormones in our system. If this process is constantly interrupted it stands to reasons that it will be less successful, resulting in imbalances and with them a less balanced emotional outlook.

 

There you have it – four reasons why sleep is essential for your health. Who knew that lying in bed for a few more hours could be so good for you? Nighty night!

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Turning Your New House into a New Home

Turning Your New House into a New Home

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There have been a number of sociological and psychological studies that link having a tidy home with a tidy mind; indeed, it is now scientifically proven that a cluttered house can contribute to a cluttered mind.

 

Yet, this isn’t limited to physical clutter.

 

There’s a well known concept within psychology that niggling ‘incomplete’ tasks cause significant stress, as an example there might be a number of jobs within your home that you keep putting off; whether that’s to dig out a certain weed, repair broken glass, or retile the bathroom.  The challenge, of course is that when moving into a new house, there can be such a large list of niggling ‘incomplete’ tasks that you can feel completely overwhelmed.

 

Unfortunately, when we have a number of incomplete tasks our brain feels stress, even if they are tiny things, and it ultimately lowers our self esteem because we feel like we are not keeping on top of things.  When we have a long to-do list, particularly when it comes to tasks around the house, it can feel overwhelming and somewhat stifling, which is why it’s a great idea to keep that list small and tick things off as often as possible.

 

Now, when it comes to buying a new home this list can feel endless – particularly if you’re buying a home in need of some renovation.

 

The trick here is to prioritise tasks according to their significance and to chunk tasks together – so that your to-do list is much smaller; as an example, consider grouping all minor garden tasks together such as weeding, painting the fence, and so on.  You will then end up with a to-do list that is chunked into a handful  of categories that each have a handful of tasks to complete.

 

There are a variety of apps, such as wunderlist that can help you get organised in this way, and the greatest thing from a psychological perspective is that with these apps you can tick items off and then look back at all the completed items which is great for your self-esteem.

 

Now, in terms of buying a new home it’s often agreed that there’s a huge difference between buying a house and buying a home.

 

A house is a physical commodity that can simply be purchased, whereas a home is something you must create…. Home is a feeling and a sense of belonging that transcends the value of the bricks and mortar holding up the roof over your head.

 

Home could be summed up as a sensation of peace… it can be a feeling of relief, such as when you pull into the driveway after a long trip and rest your weary head on your pillow… a feeling of comfort… or even a feeling of focus.  Home means different things to different people, but your sense of home is something that must be created.

 

If your home is a disorganised mess you’re unlikely to be able to create the sense of serenity and harmony you would like to experience as it’s not going to exude the emotional feeling of warmth, stability and peace that most people crave from their home.

 

One of the greatest tips with regard to turning your new house into a home is the power of taking immediate action and building momentum.  Think of how much effort and fuel it takes to launch an airplane into the sky, yet once it has got momentum, it can cruise along with significantly less effort.  The underlying principle within the following three tips, therefore, is to take immediate action and build positive momentum.

 

  1. MAKE YOUR MARK

It’s important that your house feels like it belongs to you.  There’s a strong chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and preferences in terms of its style.  The house might be stripped back to the basics, but there’s still likely to be a feeling of it belonging to someone else.  This is why you need to make your mark.  Similar to how a dog will mark his territory, you need to mark your territory in your new home in order to feel a secure sense of belonging.  There are several little things you can do to make your mark and turn your house into a home.

 

  1. PUT OUT PERSONAL ITEMS

Everyone has certain items they feel a strong emotional connection with and attachment to; indeed, just like a child with a teddy bear, there’s often a few pieces of furniture that just feel like home… whether that’s an old coffee table you’ve had for many years or a painting that’s been in your family for generations.  Whilst it’s important you don’t clutter your new home in the first few weeks, whilst you unpack, it can be a nice symbolic gesture to put out a few photographs that allow you to immediately start feeling more at home in your space.

 

Artwork is another great place to start, as wall hangings aren’t going to get in the way of your unpacking and instantly brighten up the space.  Mirrors are obviously fragile, and want to be wrapped with care, but when they are safely hung on the walls, you no longer have to worry about smashing them and getting seven years of bad luck.

 

  1. CLEANSE THE SPACE

In addition to the rational scientific need to clean in order to kill germs, the emotional aspect of cleaning your new home is a powerful emotional process that essentially cleanses the old and welcomes the new.  There are many emotional benefits of cleaning your new home and cleansing your space – the major benefit is that you will have the chance to connect with your new home and feel united with the space… and the more you energetically feel you are nurturing your new home, the more you are likely to feel nurtured by your new home in return.

 

Hopefully, these three principles put you in good stead to turn your new house into a happy home.

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It’s Time You Started To Take Better Care Of Yourself

It’s Time You Started To Take Better Care Of Yourself

 

Lifestyle

 

The way we live is what overall affects how our body feels and changes, and it’s important that we protect it in our lifestyle. From what you eat to how much you move around in a day is what your body has to go off of, and surprisingly this can have a huge impact on your health. If you’re leading an unhealthy lifestyle you may really start to feel it physically, and you’re a lot more likely to fall victim to serious health issues. Typically, when it comes to starting the new year, people try to make a new year’s resolution to work on their diet or start up a new exercise plan. It’s hard to stick to, but you have to be determined!

 

Checkups

 

If you don’t often see a doctor, it might be worth booking yourself in for a quick checkup to make sure everything is fine. That’s not to say that you should expect bad news, but there’s no harm in making sure! Even if you do find out there’s bad news, the sooner you find out about it, the more chance you have of getting the best result. You might find yourself needing specific drugs to help out with any conditions you have, which can be pretty expensive if insurance does not cover it! You should check out ePharmacies to help you find the best deal out there on the market. You never know how much you could save, and when it comes to an essential purchase like this; you want to make sure that your payments are going to stretch!

 

Bad habits

 

Bad habits are often the worst causes of damage to our bodies. It’s quite common to see people with smoking addictions, and they bring such substantial health risks to themselves and people around them. Managing to quit this addiction doesn’t only help save your body from potential illnesses, but you’re also going to be saving yourself significant amounts of money. It’s hard to give up these addictions, but there are many services and treatments you can invest in to help you quit. The problem with most people’s addictions is, they don’t usually want to give them up, but it can be made a lot easier if you take the available treatments. For example, with the latest e-cigarettes, you don’t really have to give up smoking in a sense, but instead, you can lower your chemical intake significantly by using those instead. Smoking isn’t the only habit that people tend to get addicted to, alcohol is quite a common problem these days, too. Which again, not only compromises your health but leaves a massive hole in your wallet.

 

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The sooner you start to take care of your body, the higher the chance you have at a healthier future. The last thing anyone wants is to be given some bad news based on some silly compromise on their health, like smoking or a lack of exercise. It seems like fun at the time, but it’s something that you would seriously regret when the time comes.

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Find Motivation in Minutes

By Celebrity Guest, Patrick Manifold, Professional Basketball Player and Life Coach

Find Motivation in Minutes

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My biggest motivation for me personally is my goals, which together form the vision of the man I want to become. That guy is easily my biggest motivation! I truly love my life now… but his life looks absolutely incredible! So every single day that vision motivates me and inspires me to keep putting in the work I need to in order to make that vision a reality.

In the past I struggled with being happy along the way, and for some silly reason I only allowed myself to be truly happy when I had achieved something amazing, which of course was only sporadically, setting myself up for months of unhappiness. But over the last four or five years I have really made the conscious decision to enjoy every step along the way.

It’s true what they say, it is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So for anyone out there like me who is super ambitious, please remember that you can allow yourself to be happy every single day, just by making the conscious decision to do so.

During a recent interview I was asked why so many people are not motivated in life. I stated that the reason so many people are unmotivated about life is because they don’t have anything in their lives to be motivated about. If you don’t have goals, or things you want to do or achieve, or things that you truly love doing, then there is no way you are going to be jumping out of bed excited about life to get to work every day.

As you probably know I am the founder of a full-service personal development called ‘Manifold Motivation’ and as our name suggests, we specialize in motivation. I think that motivation is both an art and a science, or a ‘why’ and a ‘how’ as I often describe it.

The reason one thing motivates some and not others has to do with our unique emotional triggers. When I am working with a client who has ambition to do something, but can’t seem to find the motivation, I use certain techniques to find out what really matters to them. I ask them questions that delve deeper and deeper into their ‘why’. Once I have done this and got some results it is far easier for that person to make progress towards their goals, as they’re no longer battling against feeling unmotivated. Instead they can focus all their energy on the important tasks at hand.

The next step is that after you have figured out your ‘why’, you then have to find your ‘how’. This will act as your ‘motivational hacks’ to jump start you when you’re feeling lazy or uninspired. For me, I have lots of hacks for various areas of my life, and they are all equally important to my productivity. You have to find your own ‘how’, and your own ‘hacks’, but only you have the keys to unlocking what those are.

So if I could offer any advice to someone struggling with motivation I would tell them that firstly, they have to find a ‘why’ that truly drives them and inspires them to take action. And secondly, I would tell them to work to find different hacks they can use that they know will motivate them in minutes. You can either do these things yourself, or you can hire someone to help you get there faster, but regardless of the route you take, make sure you do something, because there is a door that leads to all the places you have ever dreamed of; but the key to unlocking that door is your motivation.

So you see, the secret to motivation is having a powerful ‘why’ and an intelligent ‘how’. These two elements form the art and science of human motivation, and that’s the quickest way to get you from you are to where you want to be.

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