Low Testosterone – 8 Habits That Cause It

Low Testosterone - 8 Habits That Cause It
It’s like walking around with a soaking wet log on your shoulders all day.

Low testosterone robs a man of something. It robs him of that natural ability to lunge at what he really wants. Think about when you were a tyke and you had an unstoppable energy and drive.

A drive that kept you flying by the seat of your pants, rushing into any new opportunity there was to meet a girl, take a trip, go out to a club, go to the gym, or hit the basketball court.

This is what you’re missing when you have low testosterone. When your testosterone is low, it can lead to problems such as:

  • decreased muscle mass
  • low sex drive
  • hair loss
  • decreased bone density
  • lack of energy and necessary aggression (standing up for yourself)
  • depressed mood
  • difficulty concentrating
  • moodiness and irritability

Thus, as you age, your testosterone levels will naturally decrease, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. You CAN maintain good testosterone throughout your life as you age, it just requires a little work and adjustment.

What Is The Main Cause Of Low Testosterone?

Healthline.com describes the cause of testosterone be:

“Types of testicle damage that can lead to primary hypogonadism include: Physical injury to the testicles: Injury must occur to both testicles to affect testosterone levels. Mumps orchitis: A mumps infection can injure testicles. Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy or radiation can damage testicles.”

Now that would be a more technical commentary than the examples I gave above. But the point is, low testosterone can be brought on by things internal, external, physical and mental.

Style O.G. to the rescue….

Check out this video by one of my favorite YouTube influencers, The Style O.G.

Here he discusses the 8 Bad Habits That Can Lower Your Testosterone.

Habits like…

A lack of sleep

It seems like people’s sleeping habits as a whole are suffering more with the smart phone addictions, socially influenced anxiety and different new forms of drug abuse.

A lack of sleep can effect testosterone levels due to an increase of cortisol levels, lack of focus and long lasting exhaustion.

Increased Stress

Stress is a hard thing to avoid these days. With smart phones on our night stands and smart tv’s in every room, it’s hard to get away from triggers that will cause stress.

But you don’t stand a chance.

You’re absorbing the world’s problems through the news, along with trying to manage your own life problems, right?

Processed Foods

This one hurts because processed foods are SO good going down.

However, think about how you feel later….or in some cases, right after.

Processed foods (pizza, pastries, lunch meat, cold cuts, ice cream and just about anything you can get out of the frozen food section) rob your body of its natural state, while leaving poison behind.

If you don’t believe me, just try watering a plant with soda for a month and watch what happens.

Subsequently, I could go on but I’d rather you hear it from the man himself. Check out The Style O.G.

Lastly on Low Testosterone

So in conclusion, as useful as this information is, it means nothing if you don’t take heed and put correction to whatever you need to change the cycle.

Start looking at ways to eat right, exercise and maintain a healthy state of mind. Oh yeah one more thing: Get To Sleep at night!

Mental Fortitude – Crash Through Your Barriers

Mental Fortitude - Crash Through Your Barriers
This is the direction you head to get out of your own way.

What Is Mental Fortitude?

Mental fortitude is defined as: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, anger or temptation courageously.

I also like Entrepreneur magazine’s definition: the ability to focus on and execute solutions when in the face of uncertainty or adversity.

How Do You Develop Mental Fortitude?

There are different ways to go about it. One of my favorite ways is ,what’s considered, having a fit mind. I feel like the sharper your mental faculties are, the easier it is to have and develop mental fortitude.

This includes eating right, taking the right supplements and herbs, reading the right things and developing the ability to focus.

Also, knowing when to guard your mind of harmful things. Negative people have negative conversations. Those conversations over time (even instantly in some cases) can have an adverse effect on your inner peace.

Watching disturbing programs that trigger you can effect your inner peace as well. It’s hard to have mental fortitude if it’s not feeding on things that reinforce you.

Ways To Build Mental Fortitude

Check out this video by Alux, one of my favorite places to hang out online lol. They made a video on ways to build mental fortitude and I really think it would help you tremendously for whatever you have in your sights.

They drop jewels like not letting 1 mistake define you. Does this sound familiar?

You get up in the morning, get ready for work, go to the kitchen to fix something quick to eat, then the madness happens. Peanut butter and no jelly, ham and no burger, cereal and no milk.

This triggers you (right before you jump into traffic) to feel like the universe is against you somehow because you hit a couple of snags making a snack.

You begin to feel like you’re worthless because things won’t levitate to your palm as needed. Finally, you start questioning why you bother to do anything. F*cking sucks right?

Another jewel is to not get caught in repetitive cycles.

We must learn from our past mistakes or we will continue to repeat them. Doing this can stifle possibility and warp your perspective on how you look at the world.

This is something you don’t want to do because it will turn your world into a fish bowl. You must break your bad habits and choices if you want to see a significant change in your life.

Lastly…

In conclusion, mental fortitude is not an easy thing to acquire. It’s going to take a lot of inner strength to build your mind into a force to be reckoned with.

You will experience some pain along the way, but only growing pains. Part of this process entails losing “friends” who serve no positive purpose.

Also, losing your comfort zone. Your comfort zone (that fish bowl) is not helping your grow into the person you want to be. If anything, it has been converted into a mental prison cell and you don’t even know it.

Find the courage to build the fortitude and watch how high you fly.

How Do You Fight Anxiety and Win?

How do you fight anxiety?
Anxiety can be a debilitating mental state to deal with. But luckily there are ways to fight it.

What Is Anxiety and How Do You Fight It?

To fight anxiety, you must first know what anxiety is.

In fact, anxiety is defined as: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Some examples would be:

  • the anticipation of taking a final exam
  • fearing an upcoming sexual encounter
  • purchasing your first home and making the payments thereafter
  • worrying about what the first day of school/a new job is going to be like
  • going out on date with someone who you deemed out of your league
  • worrying about a loved one
  • traveling to a new place without a contact or a plan

However, anxiety can be brought on by a simple change of circumstance. Or some would call it having their “comfort zone” rattled.

Fortunately, you can fight anxiety can be tackled from many angles, depending on the genesis of the cause. Simple steps and methods such as:

  • taking a time out to breathe and regroup
  • eating a healthy diet that consists of foods to help your chemical balance
  • deep breathing exercises like yoga or meditation
  • practicing mindfulness

Check this short video out from the cool kids over a Alux on how to fight anxiety for more on this.

How Can I Fight Anxiety Fast?

Fortunately, curing anxiety, or at least managing it, is a process that takes time to get to the root of. However, there are some short term solutions that you can practice to help you when an episode occurs.

  • Stay in the present. Anxiety is rooted in the fear of what Could happen, so you tend to mentally not be in the present.
  • Breath control. Sometimes all you need to do is breathe in and out slowly and steady. You’d be amazed at the effect of this simple exercise.
  • Take action. You’re in your head, and that’s what’s driving you mad. Jump up and take action towards whatever is worrying you. This works for me in the morning when I wake up (a notoriously dangerous time for anxiety attacks to occur).
  • Stick to the facts of the situation. Sometimes we can make the mistake of romanticizing something that has happened to us when it’s really not that big of a deal.
  • Fix your demeanor. Sometimes in order to change your mental disposition, you must first change your physical disposition first.

Lastly….

Consequently, anxiety can be a tough nut for some and more easily manageable for others. But it’s a pain in the ass to deal with and it always comes on at the most inconvenient time.

Be patient with yourself, make a strategy and stick to it.

Furthermore, start taking action to what you know needs attention in your life.

Peace

Steps To Reinvent Yourself and Start Over In 15 Ways (Alux.com)

Steps to reinvent yourself and start over in 15 ways
Sometimes the answer lies in the place you’d least like to search.

Starting Over Doesn’t Have To Be Groundhog Day

One thing you hear most people say is how much they wish they could start over. Do you feel that way? If so, what do you think the steps to reinvent yourself are?

For example, remember how it felt being a kid going into a new school year?

It was like you had a chance to come back better than the year before. New clothes, new sneakers, new hair style etc….

Surprisingly, it doesn’t change as we get older. Going to college or getting a job are the next phases of life where we hope to start anew and wow everyone we meet.

And so it is the same in life.

It’s not uncommon to want to reinvent yourself, whether its your image, your style or parts of your character.

In this video on reinventing yourself and starting over by Alux.com, you’re given steps to completely reinvent yourself and begin a new chapter of a better you.

Steps such as:

  1. making a conscious decision to change
  2. planning it out
  3. developing the tools for your new reality and
  4. connecting with people in that new sphere

are just to name a few.

Making a decision to change is one of, if not, the most important because the change has to happen in your mind before your body jumps into action.

A failure to plan is a plan for failure. Mapping out your journey to reinvent yourself is crucial for your success. Take note to where you’re starting so you can track your progress.

Developing the skills (tools) for your new reality is going to be what separates you from the posers. I once heard 50 Cent say “Who you know gets you to where you want to be and what you know will determine if you stay there.”

You must connect with people who are already in the world you are trying to become a part of.

Not only will this make your self reinvention a much easier transition, but we all need help when we’re trying to improve ourselves. You may even meet someone who went through the same journey that you are currently on.

Watch this video a couple of times to let the information sink in.

Self Discipline: 10 Mind Tricks To Master Yourself

What is your definition of self discipline and how would you build it for yourself?

Self Discipline Adds Proper Rhythm To Your Life

The idea of self discipline has always been an elastic and dynamic thing to me. It can come in the form of a singular task or a lifestyle management tool.

But one thing to be sure of is it’s the key to building a system of structure, organization and execution. Think of any kind of system or company that you know of as being top notch efficient. These are the elements they are consisted of.

In my opinion, SELF discipline is the foundation for everything in life and in between. As a child, that is the first challenge.

  1. Make up your bed
  2. Clean up your room
  3. Take out the garbage
  4. Wash the dishes
  5. Brush your teeth before bed
  6. Go to bed at your bedtime
  7. Do your chores

It Was All For A Purpose

Thus, all of these are given to the youth to build character and discipline…acts of discipline to take you through your life in a productive way.

However, in reality discipline is possibly one of the hardest things to maintain if it’s not engrained in you for a time. You have to be consistent in your efforts or it won’t stick and become habit forming.

How often have you made a “resolution” to work out, eat right or be on time for your All of your appointments?

Then dozens of distractions and unforeseen circumstances get in the way of that.

Nonetheless, self discipline can be a key to change your circumstances and get on the winning side of life.

Check out this video on 10 mind tricks to master your self discipline from the good people over at TopThink.

Therefore, the only way to stop being lazy is to put correction to it by Action. But make sure you really plan it out. Start with doing an inventory of your daily routine. Write down everything you do from the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed.

Doing this will provide you with an idea of what to improve on the most.

Also, you will start to get clarity of what you’ve been doing wrong all of this time and know how to put correction to it.

All You Have To Do Is Do It!

Finally, start holding yourself accountable for what you find with yourself. You have to look at yourself with an honest perspective on how you’ve been doing things.

Besides, there is no judge or jury here. This is Your life and you are taking control of it. Check out the video and let me know what you think.

Peace.

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