Monday Motivation: 10 Quotes that Dare you Not to Get Out of Bed

Oh man, you look tired. Could you use some more sleep? Just 5 more minutes? I know it. Life is hard.

Now get up, before life gets harder and you get softer.

These will help.

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Motivation Monday: 10 Quotes from Runners to Get You Moving!

Need some inspiration? Having a hard time getting your Monday on? A few days before the Boston Marathon, we’ve got some motivation for you! Check out these quotes and #getafterit!

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“No matter how slow you go, you’ll still be lapping everyone on their couch.” – Unknown

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“I run because long after my foot­prints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same con­clu­sion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” —Dean Kar­nazes, ultra marathoner

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“It’s very hard in the begin­ning to under­stand that the whole idea is not to beat the other run­ners. Even­tu­ally you learn that the com­pe­ti­tion is against the lit­tle voice inside you that wants you to quit.” –George Shee­han, one of the most well known long dis­tance run­ning coaches

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“I run because some­how com­pletely exhaust­ing myself is the most relax­ing part of my day.” —No attri­bu­tion, from Pinterest

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“If we all did the things we are capa­ble of, we would astound our­selves.” –Thomas Edi­son

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“It’s much eas­ier to get over pain than regrets.” —No attri­bu­tion, from Pinterest

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“I never thought one sport could change my entire out­look on life—until I became a run­ner.” —No attri­bu­tion, from Pin­ter­est

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“A 12-minute mile is JUST AS FAR as a 6-minute mile.” —No attri­bu­tion, from Pinterest

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“It’s my soul that keeps me run­ning. My body told me to quit a cou­ple of miles ago…” No attri­bu­tion, from Pin­ter­est

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“When you wake up in the morn­ing, just remem­ber how for­tu­nate you are to be alive, to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love, and of course to run.” —No attri­bu­tion, from Pinterest

The Power of Sleep, Part 2 (or, Six Ways to Get Better Sleep Today)

Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime

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A half-hour before bedtime probably isn’t the best time for this giant cup of coffee. For a better night’s sleep, try to avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) at least four hours before bedtime.  This one is a no-brainer — if we drink it in the morning to wake us up, it’s probably not the late-night beverage of choice.

Go to bed when you’re tired

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There are some things you just can’t force.  Sleep is one of them. If you go to bed when you’re not feeling tired, you’ll probably just end up getting frustrated.  Instead, try to….

Wind down with a pre-sleep routine

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Avoid things like stressful work, conflicts, and extreme sports late at night. Try reading a book, or watching a favorite TV show. Anything that you find relaxing is a great activity to build into your pre-sleep routine (bubble bath, anyone?).

Eat more earlier in the day

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Large meals may make you feel sleepy, but a giant feast before bedtime will actually reduce the quality of your sleep, because your body will be busy digesting all of that food. For better sleep, eat more earlier in the day, and smaller meals later in the evening.

Exercise early

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I know it’s hard as it is to fit exercise into your busy schedule. If you can, try to exercise earlier in the day. Some people are better able to tolerate this than others, but generally speaking it’s not a great idea to get your heart rate elevated and blood pumping an hour or two before bedtime.

Nap early

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Ironically, you’ll also want to avoid the exact opposite of exercising later in the day: napping. Naps are generally a good thing, and many studies show that napping is a healthy practice. That said, you should avoid napping too late in the day, because you won’t be tired when it’s time for bed.  We’d suggest a firm no-napping policy after 5pm.

Monday Motivation: 5 Tips to Relieve Stress and Help You Dominate Your Interview

It’s Monday! Time to wake up, get motivated, and get after your week hard.   

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Before you need to balance work and life, you need to find work! Even that process can add undue stress to your day, however. Whether you’re a graduating student trying to break your way into the work force, a veteran at your occupation looking to make a career change, or simply someone involved in a semi-informal chat trying to be upwardly mobile in their current company, these interview tips will help make the process less daunting and allow you to present the best version of you!

1. Get sleep!… Two nights before the interview.

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Most people will toss and turn the night before an interview. Generally speaking, however, people can function without any visible effects after a single night of poor sleep. So make sure that two nights before, you capitalize on a fully restful night!

2. Eat a healthy breakfast.

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Not only is this a good idea for health in general, but it can have a visible impact on how “fresh and alert” you appear in front of your interviewer! It will also help prevent stomach growls mid-interview. No one wants stomach growls mid-interview, let’s face it.

3. Wiggle your toes. Seriously.

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Nervous energy may not be fully avoidable in some instances, and can manifest itself physically. Instead of fidgeting with your hands or letting a leg twitch, focus the energy to movement that can’t be seen, such as wiggling your toes.

4. Schedule interviews in the morning, and take the rest of the day off.

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Morning interviews allow less time for negative thinking over the course of the day leading up to the meeting, and help minimize the chances that something else goes wrong and throws you off your game. Taking the day off gives you less to worry about logistically, and allows you time for tip number 5…

5. Celebrate your survival.

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Simply making it through an interview is an accomplishment. This is not the same as winning a ribbon merely for participation. Remember that they selected you from a pool of accomplished candidates to talk to, and you survived the meeting. Take time to do something you enjoy and celebrate the little victories!