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                    The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds.

Dr. Andrew Weil teaches the 4-7-8 breathing technique, which he believes can help with the following:

- reducing anxiety
- helping a person get to sleep
- managing cravings
- controlling or reducing anger responses

Dr. Weil is a celebrity doctor and the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

                    How To Wake Up Happy And Energized: 8 Steps

1. Make It Impossible To Hit Snooze On Your Alarm
Firstly, even when we have the very best of intentions, many of us are guilty of enthusiastically setting goals one night and then ignoring the alarm the next morning.

To ensure you actually get up and out of bed at the time you intended, keep your alarm out of the way. Preferably keep it across the room, where you’ll still hear it but be unable to silence it.

Once you’re up and you’ve turned it off, you will most likely stay up and get going. This could allow you to start the day feeling alert and determined. So, this is a great method if you are someone who sets 20 different alarms but ends up snoozing them all!

2. Use Daily Positive Affirmations
It’s likely that you’ve already incorporated daily affirmations into your Law of Attraction work. If you find that you wake up feeling a little sluggish then you might benefit from reciting those affirmations straight away.

Alternatively, you can design some new ones that are specifically tailored to starting the day in the right way. For example, you might try “I’m happy, energized and ready for the day ahead” or “I feel rested, rejuvenated and full of positivity.”

3. Make Your Bed
There’s an argument to be made for airing your bed after you’ve been asleep in it all night. If it’s your mood and mindset that you’re concerned with then you’ll likely be much better off if you choose to make your bed right away. This massively reduces the temptation to get back under the covers. It also makes your bed a relaxing, calm place to come back to in the evening.

4. Use Cold Water
There’s a reason that cold water has such a great reputation for boosting focus and combatting lethargy! Whether you splash your face with cold water shortly after waking, take a cold shower or down an iced water, you’ll feel more wakeful and mentally alert afterward.

In fact, regardless of whether you want to put cold water on your body, make sure you have at least some to drink. Most of us are at least mildly dehydrated when we first wake, which can cause sluggish cognition and slow the metabolism.

5. Prepare A Healthy Breakfast
Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast! It is in many ways the most important meal of the day. Instead, make something fresh and healthy that’s packed with vital nutrients.

Some people swear by green smoothies, while others prefer to cook up hot porridge or make an omelet. As long as it’s good for you and giving you a decent reserve of fuel for the day, you can let your personal taste dictate what you have.

6. Get Active
Try working out first thing in the morning to create positive energy for the rest of the day.

Even just ten or fifteen minutes of physical exercise can make all the difference!

Whether you go for a quick run, do a dance workout, complete some yoga positions or swim before work. All of these activities get the blood pumping and endorphins flooding your system, giving you the upbeat mentality you need to succeed.

However, don’t forget to stretch first… You’ll probably be a little stiff when you first get out of bed.

7. Seek Inspiration
One quick and easy way to enhance your positive energy is to expose your mind to inspiring thoughts and ideas.

TED talks, podcasts, and Law of Attraction success stories are all excellent examples. The key goal here is just to reconnect with your awareness of your own limitless potential. In addition, they remind you of just how much creativity, positivity, and achievement is waiting for you in the world.

8. Improve Your Sleep
Finally, if you’re not waking up with positive energy, it could be that you’re sleeping too little… Or even too much.

Sleep experts typically suggest we aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. Individuals vary when it comes to precisely how much makes them feel best.

One smart thing you can do is add-on 15 more minutes each day, doing this until you reach an amount of sleep that allows you to feel good when you get up.
                    On a related note, take a critical look at your sleeping environments! Quiet, cool and dark rooms promote the most effective rest.

                    To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week. People with darker skin may need a little more than this. Your exposure time should depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight. Just make sure not to burn.

Factors that can affect your ability to make vitamin D from sunlight include the time of day, your skin color, how far you live from the equator, how much skin you expose to sunlight and whether you’re wearing sunscreen.

For example, people who live farther away from the equator typically need more sunlight because the sun’s UV rays are weaker in these areas.

They also need to take vitamin D supplements or eat more vitamin-D-rich foods during the winter months, since they cannot make it from sunlight.

If you’re planning to stay in the sun for a while, it’s best to apply sunscreen after 10–30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure to help prevent sunburn and skin cancer.

                    How can I reuse or recycle pistachio shells?

Reuse – Practical: Use them at the bottom of plant pots to help drainage.

Reuse – Creative: They can be made into rattles (in an old tin can or cardboard tube depending on how loud you want it) or instead of seashells wind chimes.

Recycle: Smash them up a bit and spread them around the garden – to start with, the sharp edges will deter slugs and snails and eventually the shells will break down into compost and feed your soil.

                    Tips to Remember:
Isopropyl alcohol is also extremely irritating to the digestive tract. Drinking a lot of it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and bleeding in the stomach and intestines. This can lead to dehydration, low blood pressure, shock, and coma. Rubbing alcohol can also be toxic when inhaled.

10 Great Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

Homemade Disinfectant
Mix up one part rubbing alcohol to one part water in a spray bottle, and use it to disinfect points of contact and other germy areas. You can even use it directly on a cotton pad to clean your earring posts, thermometers, and any other personal items.

Stainless Steel Cleaner
Add some rubbing alcohol to a soft, non-scratching cloth and wipe down your stainless steel appliances with it, going with the grain. It’s a great way to remove fingerprints, and it dries streak-free.

Remove Hair Spray from Mirrors and Tiles
It’s amazing how much hairspray can end up on the bathroom mirror or walls after a quick spritz. To get rid of build-up, dampen a cotton pad or cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe away that sticky mess with ease.

Remove Frost from Car Windows
This one is genius for those of us in cold climates. Rather than dealing with frost and ice on the car, mix one part rubbing alcohol to 5 parts water and spray the solution onto your exterior car windows and mirrors. Wipe with a cloth, and allow to dry. Repeat once every two weeks to keep up its efficacy. (Anything that keeps me from having to scrape ice off my windshield in the cold Canadian winter is worth the effort, in my book.)

Refresh Sponges and Cloths
If I wanted to make you really uncomfortable right now, I’d ask you to put your sponge under a microscope. Instead, I’ll spare you, since cleaning a sponge or kitchen cloth is really easy! Completely saturate the sponge or cloth with rubbing alcohol in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse out completely, and it will be ready to go. For quick cleaning of your previously unwashed cleaning tools, spray them with rubbing alcohol before use.

Clean Sinks and Chrome
Once you’ve cleared out your stainless steel or porcelain sink, spray rubbing alcohol in the sink to not only clean and disinfect it, but to shine it up as well. Use a dry cloth to buff the sink basin as well as the chrome finishes. (It’s also safe to use on brass.)

Really, Truly, Clean a Dry Erase Board
When you’ve left dry-erase marker on a whiteboard for too long, you know what happens—it converts to permanent marker! Rather than purchasing dry-erase board cleaner, just spray rubbing alcohol on the board and easily wipe away the marks with a paper towel.

Remove Ink and Permanent Marker Stains
Yes, even permanent marker! If you get ballpoint ink, gel ink, or permanent ink on a garment, soak the area with rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, then blot the stain up with a clean paper towel. Launder according to the garment’s care instructions and repeat as needed.

Microfiber Sofa Stains
Unlike water, which will itself stain the microfiber, rubbing alcohol won’t penetrate the fabric and evaporates quickly, making it a stain-fighting ally. Spray some rubbing alcohol over the stained area and wipe with a clean sponge or cloth (ideally white to avoid colour transfer). Allow to dry. If the microfiber feels matted, brush the spot in a circular motion using a soft bristle brush.

Disinfect your Mouse and Keyboard
Use rubbing alcohol to as a disinfectant and as a degreaser!  It dries almost instantly, so you don’t need to worry about water damage.

                    It's good to know what to put in the fridge and what not to.
                    The results were also “dosage dependent” — the more of one’s childhood spent close to greenery, the lower the risk of mental health problems.

Smaller studies have found lack of green space increases the risk of mood disorders and schizophrenia and can even affect cognitive development.

But this is the first to find green space is a factor similar in strength to other known influences on mental health, such as history of mental health disorders in the family, or socioeconomic status, the authors say.

                    Chewing stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which stimulates part of the brain responsible for alertness. And we know that chewing increases heart rate, which in turn increases blood flow to the brain.

                    To set yourself up for success, try to keep things simple. Eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, for example, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients whenever possible.

Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food. You’ll eat fewer calories and avoid the chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and irritable, and exacerbate symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety.

Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats (such as switching fried chicken for grilled salmon) will make a positive difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates, though (such as switching your breakfast bacon for a donut), won’t lower your risk for heart disease or improve your mood.

Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.

Focus on how you feel after eating. This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The healthier the food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.

Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many of us go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.