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Tips for Healthy Habits at Work

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Tips for Healthy Habits at Work

When you’re sick or stressed, reduced productivity and missed days impact your work.  Americans are busier than ever, and that takes a toll. It’s possible to take control of your well-being, though, when you follow some preventive measures to keep yourself happy and healthy.

Tidy up your workspace daily. Over the years, numerous studies have claimed that your smartphone, desk phone, keyboard and tablet have more germs than a toilet seat. Keep some antibacterial wipes at your desk, and wipe down surfaces daily. A can of disinfectant spray will also help stave off the germs.

Drink lots of water. Keep a large water bottle nearby, and refill it several times a day. Not only will you help keep yourself hydrated, you’ll have to get up to make frequent trips to the bathroom, and a little exercise never hurt anyone.

Get up every 30 to 60 minutes. Working on a big project? Stand up, and move around a bit. Pace around your office if you have one or take a walk around the block.  When you simply get up and stretch, it keeps your body moving.

Go with light lunches and snacks. A workday isn’t the time to load up on pasta or other heavy fare for lunch. Instead, think lean protein, vegetables and fruit. A light snack, eaten during late morning, afternoon or both, can help fuel your body and mind. Aim for between 150 and 200 calories – and follow it with plenty of water.

Keep your energy going all day with the THRIVE 3 Simple Steps.  The 3 step THRIVE Experience is a great way to start your day and keep thriving so you can be productive all day.  Don’t miss these steps every morning.

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Make your workspace a mini gym. Keep light hand weights or bands at your desk, and use them periodically – while you’re brainstorming for a project, for example. It might just inspire a brilliant idea.

Ban the candy bowl. Lots of folks keep bowls of candy on their desks. Sure, a good piece of chocolate helps on a stressful day. Problem is, you’re forming an everyday habit. Make a new one focused more on healthy snacks like fruit or nuts.

Skip the deskside lunch. If you can step away from your desk at lunchtime – you’ll be better off. Your brain needs a break, and in fact, studies have shown that productivity increases among employees who leave their desks at lunchtime. Getting outside is best; spending time in nature reduces anxiety and can stimulate creative thinking. Your lunch hour is also a great time to squeeze in a walk.

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Nothing feels better than getting the blood pumping after sitting in an office chair for a stretch, and movement is sure to get your brain in gear for the remainder of your workday.  For Le-Vel Brand Promoters, Le-Vel’s Cloud Office makes it easy to stay plugged in when you’re on the go, so there’s no need to sit at a desk for lunch.

Walk and talk. Got a one-on-one meeting with a colleague? How about scheduling a walk instead of sitting on the phone? It may just lead to a more productive, relaxed and candid conversation.

Take the stairs. Make it a point to take the stairs any time you have the opportunity – as you’re moving between meetings or leaving in the evenings. Each flight of stairs adds up to one healthy habit.

When it comes to health, an “all or nothing” approach will only set you up to be discouraged. Instead, seek out opportunities throughout your day to make smarter choices. You’ll be happier and healthier for it.

 

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How to Relieve Stress Quickly: 1-Minute Stress Busters

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How to Relieve Stress Quickly: 1-Minute Stress Busters

Sure, a yoga retreat, beach vacation or spa treatment would be nice to take whenever you start to feel stressed.  But most people have to determine how to relieve stress quickly without those dreamy options.  With a few easy techniques, you can actually learn how to relieve stress quickly and by taking your stress level down a notch or two in just one minute – and without spending a dime. Try these burnout-busting techniques for quick results and you’ll be feeling less stress in no time.

Tips on How to Relieve Stress Quickly

Slow, deep breaths. Breathing from the abdomen can induce the relaxation response, so your heart rate and blood pressure slows, while blood flow increases and muscles relax. You can try deep breathing from your office chair. Put one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest. Breathe in through the nose and exhale through the mouth. The hand on your abdomen should be moving more than the hand on your chest.

Neck stretches. Clasp your hands behind your head, and gently pull forward. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Or, for a side stretch, let the right arm hang down while you place the left arm on the right side of your head, and pull to the left gently. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, then switch sides.

Shoulders down. Most of us never notice how high our shoulders are. Simply lowering your shoulders can reduce your tension.

Look out the window. The view outside sure beats the computer screen. Turn your gaze outside, and take a few moments to observe the sights. Shifting your attention provides a momentary distraction from your stress.

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Close your eyes. You may not be able to take a vacation now, but you can travel anytime in your mind. Most of us have a “happy place,” or a destination where we’d happily travel on a moment’s notice if given the opportunity. Visualize that place and all of its sights, smells, sounds and textures.

Change your screensaver. This is particularly effective if you don’t have a window nearby. Whatever kind of scene relaxes you, you can probably find a screensaver that captures it, and some feature rotating images. Take a few moments to enjoy those scenes when you first log on to your computer in the morning, and periodically throughout your day.

Music or nature sounds. For many of us, it’s best to skip the lyrics and stick to instrumental music; lyrics can be distracting and otherwise clutter the mind. Think quiet background music that’s not intrusive. Slow classical music, for example, has been shown to slow the pulse, lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones.

Quick burst of exercise. While stress reduction often results from slowing down, sometimes getting the heart rate up can also calm us down. Grab a jump rope or run in place for 60 seconds of cardio. The activity will get your endorphins flowing.

Laugh. Recall an occasion that you made you laugh hard, and relive it in your mind. Or find yourself a good cat video. Even a few seconds of laughter can help lighten your mental load.

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Take a moment of gratitude. Gratitude shifts your attention away from negativity, puts life into perspective, and reminds you that life is bigger than a single moment.

Pay someone a genuine compliment. Get out of your own head, and focus on someone else. You may have just made someone’s day in the process.

One more tip on how to relieve stress quickly: Whenever you’re tempted to let stress rule your day, ask yourself whether this will matter one year from now, one week from now, or even tomorrow.  Often daily stressors feel big in the moment, but will not affect us long term.  It’s best to focus on the long game and where your future is headed.

Do you have tips on how to relieve stress quickly?  Comment with your ideas.

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Rest at Night, THRIVE by Day

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Rest at Night, THRIVE by Day

Good sleep is elusive for a lot of us. Whether you’re not getting a restful night’s sleep, or not sleeping soundly throughout the night, poor sleeping habits can negatively impact your physical and mental health.

Impacts of Poor Rest

When we’re not fully rested, we’re just going through the motions, only able to squeak out the bare minimum of our energy reserves. We’re not able to concentrate, recall information or make sound decisions as easily as we would after a good night’s rest.

Sleepiness has been linked to weight gain, as well. Studies have shown that when people don’t get enough sleep, they have increased levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin and decreased levels of leptin, the hormone that triggers the feeling of fullness.

Still, many of us are squeaking by on minimal sleep. Pounding coffee throughout your day will almost assuredly affect your ability to fall asleep later. It’s a vicious circle.

Tips for Better Rest

If you’re ready to get serious about better sleep, take these tried-and-true suggestions into consideration:

Institute bedtime rules. No talking about work or other daytime stresses within an hour of bedtime.

Enjoy a relaxation routine. In keeping with your no-stress-before-bed rule, take the time to wind down before you turn off the light. Wash your face, enjoy a book or listen to relaxing music, for example. Your smartphone and/or tablet should be banned from your bedroom. No scanning the news headlines or venting about the day’s events.

Another smart choice: Try THRIVE Rest, part of Le-Vel’s THRIVE nutritional supplement line. THRIVE Rest is a Sequential Gel Technology product that provides maximum absorption and delivers benefits like stress management, relaxation support, and a calming and restful effect. This dual-action formula helps the body get a restful night’s sleep – so you can wake up refreshed and give life everything you’ve got.

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Don’t let the light in. According to the National Sleep Foundation, exposure to artificial light after dark can send wake-up messages to the brain, suppressing the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, and making it harder not only to fall asleep, but to stay asleep.

Keep it cool. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a room temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consider a white noise machine. A passing car or the sound of a neighbor’s dog three doors down can rev up your brain if you’re already wired.

Establish a regular sleep routine.  Most people need 6-8 hours of sleep every night.  Make sure you get to bed and wake up on a regular schedule each day.  If energy is a problem for you, it might be due to nutritional gaps.

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Workout as early in the day as possible. Nighttime exercise is great, but you’ll want to stop at least four hours before bed. During and after your workout, your body’s temperature rises, so you want to give yourself adequate time to cool down before hitting the sheets.

Pay attention to nutrition. We know that heavy meals before bed can interrupt sleep, since the body is working hard to digest food. A light snack of crackers and cheese, or a slice of toast with almond or peanut butter, a cup of whole-grain cereal and low-fat milk, cottage cheese or yogurt with chopped banana and a few walnuts are all great choices. You’re aiming for a few carbs and a bit of protein.

Sleep is an important part of healthy living, just like eating right and exercise.  So make it a priority!  You can learn more about THRIVE Rest on the Le-Vel website.  Sweet dreams, everyone!

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Tips for Healthy Skin for Summer and Beyond

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Tips for Healthy Skin for Summer and Beyond

The hotter months are when our skin is most vulnerable to potential threats. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the most preventable cause of early skin aging.

The bigger threat, however, is skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetimes. A significant percentage of our UV exposure takes place, of course, during the summer, when we’re swimming, hiking or puttering outside. All the while, we’re wearing less clothing and often forget to apply sunscreen to important spots like the nose, back of the legs, hands or chest.

It’s important to remember that everyone – even babies, children and teens – need good skin protection. In fact, young people may need even more protection from the sun. The AAD has also estimated that children receive 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they turn 18.

Here are a few tips for keeping your skin healthy all summer long and beyond:

Slather the sunscreen. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a minimum SPF of 30 at least 15 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every 60 to 90 minutes. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause skin cancer. You may also consider spraying the part of your hair with a sunscreen product; your scalp is also prone to sunburn.

Drink lots of water. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times during the summer. Your goal should be to increase your intake during these warmer months. Water helps keep the skin well-hydrated.

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Don’t forget the lip balm. A lot of people forget about the lips, which is why they’re one of the more frequent spots for skin cancer. Find yourself a lip balm with sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, and reapply it every couple of hours.

Exfoliate. Exfoliating products help wipe away dirt, grime and oil from your face and prepare it to absorb your moisturizer and skin care products.

Moisturize. A good moisturizer can help protect your skin from dryness, which leaves it more susceptible to sun damage. Moisturizers with sunscreen are helpful, but shouldn’t replace your sunscreen.

Cover up. The AAD states that even on a cloudy day, 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate the skin. Grab a large-brimmed hat, get yourself some big sunglasses, and find the shade.  You can also find clothing with added sun protection.

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Pay attention to your diet. “Super foods” containing antioxidants can help combat the signs of aging brought on by free radicals. Great choices include blueberries, kale, spinach, strawberries, raspberries, broccoli, kidney and pinto beans, artichokes, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.

One final note on sunscreen: The FDA requires that sunscreens be able to retain their strength for three years. If the expiration date on the bottle has already passed, throw it out. If the bottle doesn’t have an expiration date, write the date you bought the sunscreen on the bottle. After three years, toss it. If you’re not sure how old the product is, pay attention to its color and consistency. If something looks off, the sunscreen probably has lost some of its potency, and it’s time to throw it away.

Your skin is your largest organ, so you need to take care of it!  If you follow these tips, you can end your summer with skin as healthy as it was at the start.  Best of all, you’ll be creating a foundation for healthy skin all year long.

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New Le-Vel Reviews about the THRIVE Experience

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Each day, new Le-Vel reviews come in from customers and independent Brand Promoters from all over the United States.  These Le-Vel reviews share real life experiences and stories of transformation from our Facebook page. Here are just a few Le-Vel reviews from real people who are using THRIVE products:

“As I do my Le-Vel review, the first thing that comes to my head is gratitude for so many things. Gratitude for the people who cared about me enough to mention THRIVE to me. Grateful to the people who didn’t give up on me when I “didn’t need it.” Grateful to myself for saying yes and trying it. THRIVE has given me the confidence to love myself for all of my imperfections and flaws. It’s given my children and family a person who is always smiling and positive in every situation life may throw at us. It’s not just about the product that I put into my body every morning when I wake up. And Le-Vel so much more than that. It’s the family I have gained in my Le-Vel business partners and team members. It’s the confidence I have in myself to share something so amazing with everyone I love. It’s the life-changing experiences I hear about from my friends and family when they share with me their own Le-Vel reviews and the amazing things THRIVE is doing for them. Those are the things that keep me thriving. Six months down, a lifetime to go!” — ★★★★★ Laura Smith

“I was tired of being tired, working a full-time job, taking care of my four kids, keeping up with an entire house and trying to be a good wife. Most days felt overwhelming if not near impossible. I decided it was time to make a change and try these three simple steps from Le-Vel that everyone so strongly encourages. I now see and understand why they did. The only regret I have was not doing it sooner! I have never felt so positive, energized or balanced in my life. Even my kids noticed and asked if they could have some, too! It was time to take control of my health and my future. You only get one life, and I want mine to be a long-lasting and meaningful one.” — ★★★★ Emma Rivera

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“I was first introduced to THRIVE in May of 2015 by my daughter, Brittany. Of course, I said NO! I’m not into those ‘fad’ things. But, on Nov. 7, 2015, I decided to give THRIVE a try after hearing her Le-Vel review and seeing the amazing changes in my daughter. Later that morning, I said to my husband, ‘This is crazy, but I feel like someone just flipped the high-definition switch in my brain!’ This can’t be real … The newfound energy was amazing. I was living again! Oh — and I have to tell you about the water craving. WOW! I have always hated water my entire life.

Now I enjoy drinking water. I don’t leave the house without it — ever. Now the best part of my Le-Vel review: I have been Thriving free since my second month. I’m a 4K Le-Vel Brand Promoter. Thrive has given me my life back. No napping, down 25 pounds, and I’ve kept it off. I have the time and energy to enjoy my family again.

Words cannot explain the fulfillment when I get to spend time with them. Now I have the energy and eagerness to make great, lasting memories.

The very best part is my overall sense of well-being that can’t be explained, but can be experienced every day for the rest of my life. Thank you, Paul Gravette and Jason Camper, for changing my life, so that I can change others.” – ★★★★★ Doris

“Before I started Thriving, I thought I had it all figured out. I was eating clean, avoiding processed food, and exercising every single day. But even with a healthy lifestyle, I was EXHAUSTED! As a mom of two young kids, I thought exhaustion was just part of it. My goal each day was getting through work just to go home and get my kids ready for bed so that I could go to bed myself.

The vision I had of what a mom and wife should be had slipped away from me, and living out that vision seemed impossible. Until one day, a friend reached out to me and suggested I do a three-day trial of THRIVE! I was a skeptic. How could something so simple solve all of my problems? But at that point, I would have done anything to give my kids and husband the mom and wife they deserved. On Day 1, I noticed a huge difference within an hour! And just like that, I knew THRIVE

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was something I never wanted to go another day without, and I couldn’t wait to share it with other people. Today, I’m officially killing it as a mom and wife and my family is happier than ever because of it. To all of the moms out there reading Le-Vel reviews who believe that exhaustion is just a part of ‘mom life,’ I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. There IS a solution! You can be the mom and wife you always dreamed you would be. Don’t waste another second and start Thriving TODAY!” — ★★★★★ Marie Pine

“I never dreamed this product would be that thing that changed my life physically or would be the key to many of my other dreams coming true! I went from being a jailer to being a police officer and loving my job. But the risk I put myself through every night and being away from home for long hours put a strain on my family. My little girls (Sophie, 4; and Violet, 3) didn’t understand why Daddy could never spend his evenings with them. I never dreamed that because of the blessings from Le-Vel, I would get to put down my badge and gun and get to spend every day with my family! That dream has now become a reality! I now get to hear every giggle and kiss every ouchie of my daughters! I am truly blessed and grateful!” — ★★★★ Joshua Williams

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