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    10 Ways to Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes

    Five minutes. True, it's not a heck of a lot of time. But it's just long enough for you to do one thing -- and maybe that one thing that will turn your day around.

    In our busy 24/7 universe, it often seems like there's not enough time to do everything you want in a day. But take five and try these 10 simple ways to lower stress and boost your mood and energy levels. They may just help you find the extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day.

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    1. Make your bed. Starting off each day with this small ritual can help create a calm environment for you in your bedroom. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, writes that many people benefit from making this modest step part of their routines. By checking it off your to-do list first thing, you've got one less thing to worry about for the rest of the day.

    2. Pack a snack. Before you head out the door in the morning, go into the kitchen and grab a fruit (like a banana, apple or grapes) or a healthy snack (like unsalted nuts or low-fat cheese). This way, when a case of the munchies strikes later in the afternoon, you won't be reaching for a bag of chips or a candy bar from the vending machine out of convenience. Besides, you know what they say about an apple a day.

    3. Clear your desk. You may not be able to overhaul your closet in five minutes, but you can manage to tidy your desk at work. From stray papers to scattered coffee mugs, clutter can make you lose focus and curb productivity. De~clutter your outer environment and you may feel lighter on the inside and more motivated to concentrate on the task at hand.

    4. Pump up the music. Several studies have found that listening to music can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost mood. The right music has the power to change your attitude. So load up your MP3 player and create a special play list that will make you smile -- whether you're working or working out.

    5. Sniff a lemon. For a quick de-stressing trick, turn to an underrated sense -- your sense of smell. Japanese researchers found that linalool; a substance found in lemons, has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce the flight-or-fight stress response. Other scents like basil, juniper, and lavender have also been found to lower stress.

    6. Stretch. You don't have to be a yogi to benefit from light stretching. Lift your arms above your head at your desk. Or better yet, stretch your legs by walking outside. Stretching can help improve your circulation and flexibility, and may help ease the tight muscles that accompany stress.
    7. Meditate. Try meditation and deep breathing to relax and turn your mind off. You don't need any special equipment to practice meditation. Find a comfortable position in a chair or on the floor. Meditating on a daily basis, even just for a few minutes, has been shown to fight depression and ease stress.

    8. Keep a gratitude diary. Take a minute every day to write downseveral things you're thankful for, whether they're big or small things. It's easy to vent about weather, traffic, or job woes, but complaining brings negative energy along with it. Being thankful for what you have can make you appreciate all the positives in your life.

    9. Turn off your electronics. Just because we live in a wired world doesn't mean you need to stay connected every minute of every single day. Staring at computer screens and electronics all day long can zap your energy and encourage inactivity. So log off your email, phones, and Internet (yes, social networking web sites count, too). This is especially important to allow you to unwind and relax before bed.

    10. Prioritize. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have multiple tasks crowding your mind. Make a list and finish your most dreaded duties first to avoid the anxiety caused by procrastination. Make a list and check off each task as you complete it. At the end of the day, a list of accomplishments is a great visual reminder of how productive you were.
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    1) Thats why I have a woman...
    2) Allways
    3) No desk to clean (my truck is a entirely different matter)
    4) Allways X 100
    5) Lemon and Lavender.....hummmm I'm a guy I have nothing in the house that smells plesant.
    6) I try to but I dont as often as I should
    7) If I meditate I will think of all the fucktards that piss me off its better for me not to
    8) Diary really???? When I PCT I might actually consider this. (estro levels have to be ragin for any guy to keep a gratitude diary)
    9) agree
    10) I do this in my sleep and I never get stressed


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    Hey,

    Yes its true that these tips make your day happy... but in this you should include some own work like exercise, walking, breakfast etc... Hopefully if you will include these point also then your day become much better.... Keep enjoying....

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    very nice post! the only thing I would have to respectfully disagree with is the making of the bed.

    I personally don't make my bed,I let the bed air out.

    even a little moisture can attract dust mites so I do what I can do lessen them.

    not a big deal either way!

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    I concur, stretching in the morning really makes a difference in my day.

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    These suggestions seem too feminine for my taste.

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    good article

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    Cool post, thanks Gena
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    i am going to try sniffing lemon . . .
    That would be wonderful if it is too be that good

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    Hi,
    Thank you for sharing this information..you should include some own work like exercise, walking, breakfast etc... Hopefully if you will include these point also then your day become much better....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annora View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for sharing this information..you should include some own work like exercise, walking, breakfast etc... Hopefully if you will include these point also then your day become much better....
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.Smith View Post
    i am going to try sniffing lemon . . .
    That would be wonderful if it is too be that good
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    this tips even boost mood and lift the energy levels

    truly thanks ........

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    The diary is an interesting idea because most people on focus on the few negative things rather than all of the positive things going on. I also am big on lists, can't rely on just remembering stuff anymore just brainstorm and make a list of tasks and git r done

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    Turn off your electronics. Words to live by.

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