As human beings, it is natural for us to have “one of those days” when we seem to lose mental clarity, memory or focus. There can be a variety of reasons, but know that it certainly is normal to feel like we’re not managing our focus and time as much as we’d want to.

While self-motivation is highly important in achieving goals, there are other ways to soldier on even when we feel like just staying in bed. Here are 5 ways to motivate yourself into action:

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Mood swings are very common among menstruating women. Crying spells, anxiety attacks, “hangry” moments, sudden outbursts, and snapping on the smallest of things – name it! Fortunately, there are various ways to relieve uncontrollable emotional ups-and-downs while “on code red.” Here are 7 ways to find relief from PMS mood swings.


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In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
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Here are 8 other things you can do to stay hydrated without downing a tall glass of water.
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Beginning an exercise program can be daunting, especially if you have never really been into fitness before.

Some people, when they exercise, strive for a bikini body. If you have a diving bell body, don't fret, you too can be helped by regular exercise. You can look better, but more important feel better if you eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep.

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You've heard running can help you slim down, help maintain heart and lung health, and keep your body strong. Those benefits alone can help you feel well mentally.

But did you know that running can also help lift your mood and even ward off depression? It can help you be more creative and productive and feel less stressed out.

No wonder about 50 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, jog or run regularly!

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Whatever kind of intense exercise you do, whether running, weightlifting, team sports, or hard work, your body needs rest days.

In fact, Healthline says rest days are just as important as exercise days, and no regimen is complete without both exercise and rest. Rest enhances your energy and restores the body to full capacity.

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Stress can ruin your health and in the long run even kill you. But you don't have to let it rule your life. There are steps you can take to fight stress and cultivate well-being.

Don't let stress ruin your sex life, destroy your happiness and well-being, and have a deleterious effect on your health. Turn off that cellphone, get outside, be kind to yourself and others, and get a good night's sleep.

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Exercise and physical fitness has manifold benefits on mental health: The exercise itself makes you feel better, and being thinner, stronger and more physically fit make you feel better about yourself.

According to a letter by three doctors in the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry[1], exercise can lead to a concatenation of mental and physical improvements. All of these improvements reinforce the other improvements.

The doctors wrote:

Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.

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Making sure you prioritize sleep and recovery is important not just for feeling rested and mental well-being but for overall health and fighting off infections.

You've probably heard you should get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. But most people get fewer than seven hours, says the U.S. Centers of Disease Control.

“As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” according to Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the CDC’s Division of Population Health.

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People use GABA, a chemical produced in the brain, for a host of benefits, including inducing relaxation, improving mood, and alleviating anxiety.

Its full name is gamma-aminobutyric acid. Though the brain produces it naturally, some people take it as a supplement for a wide range of uses.

When a person undergoes stress, their adrenal glands produce hormones that set off the fight-or-flight response. The heartbeat speeds up, and you get an adrenaline rush. GABA relaxes the brain to counteract these natural hormones.

It is mostly known to the public for its anti-anxiety effects, but people claim many other benefits for it.

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Different scientific studies sometimes find different results for the same phenonenon being studied, but a majority of studies on tart cherry have found that it has beneficial effects on muscle soreness.

And as a bonus, tart cherry supplements may increase muscle strength, other studies have found.

What's not to like?

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