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What is Stopping You?

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4 types of resilience,jane mcgongil

Every morning I wake up and ask myself just one question: “What is stopping me from being the best I can?”. Is it procrastination? Lack of motivation and drive? Is it plane and simple lethargy? or is it some weird concoction of all of those things? Some days my answer is nothing? And other days it is just lack of will to do anything at all. Well we all of those days, and we know how negatively it can impact our productivity. And I have for a long time been thinking of ways to get myself to wake up each day with a surge of energy that I need to get me on the fast lane. Here are few simple tricks I use to get me going:

1). Eat light before going to bed: Eating too much or right before going to bed will give you the feeling of heaviness and lethargy. Hence its important to keep the dinner super light.

2). Early to Bed Early to Rise: Waking up with stingy eyes and a slight headache means that you might not have gotten the amount of sleep your body needed. Make sure you get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep so you are well prepared for another energetic day.

3). Wake up listening to motivational music or talk – Listening to motivational music or talk really works for me. One of my favorite songs that really gets out the energizer bunny in me is “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor. I often listen to Deepak Chopra whose talks are quite inspirational and touches the spiritual side in me the days I am emotionally low.

4). Drink water as soon as you wake up – Drinking a big glass of water flushes out the toxins in my body, gets my metabolism going and hydrates me thoroughly.

5). Tell yourself “you are the best!” – As crazy as it sounds, this trick never fails! While I am busy doing my morning rituals, like brushing my teeth, I make sure I do not forget to look in the mirror and talk to myself. Telling yourself that you are the best and your day is going to be great, and actually believing in your words, has a major psychological effect to your brain which helps you get excited about your day ahead and helps you get through the day successfully.

I am quite sure alot of you are already doing these things. I would love to know what you do to get yourself going at the break of dawn!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Secret To Living Longer

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4 types of resilience,jane mcgongil

Spring break has officially begun! What it means for me? A week off from school! What it means for you? More posts from me to read! I am extremely excited about having sometime out from focusing on school work and spend that time in writing for all of my wonderful readers. Just the other morning as I was getting ready for work, I happened to stumble upon a TED talk and had it playing in the background as I was getting ready. And I must say, it had a huge impact on my day!

Jane McGongil is a game designer by profession and in this video she starts talking about the top 5 regrets of a dying person, and how playing a game can help a person achieve those things while they are still alive. She does an extremely great job in banishing the common myth around playing games – it is a waist of time and it kills brain cells. She scientifically proves that games can in turn have a highly positive impact on people and help them feel better, more confident and fulfilled with their lives. She then goes on to talk about “post-traumatic growth” and how playing certain kind of games help in improving and bringing about life changes after a traumatic incident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3y7EeBhxg

But what I want you guys know the most in this post are the 4 types of resilience – physical, mental, emotional and social.

1. Physical resilience – Physical activity increases our body’s ability to handle stress and heal itself. Eg. adoptive an active lifestyle.

2. Mental resilience – Activities such as creative flow, reading or any kind of concentration increases discipline, determination and the ability to focus.

3. Emotional resilience – Provoking positive emotions such as curiosity, and love increases our overall wellbeing, health and longevity. Eg. hugging your pet, spending time with your loved ones, etc.

4. Social resilience – When we practice positive social engagement especially when touch and gratitude are involved, we get a hit of the bonding chemical Oxytocin. Eg. say thank you to a friend for his/her help, be grateful about your life and all the positive things you are surrounded by.

Now you must wonder what has this to do wit fitness? Well it has everything to do with fitness. Exercises and a good clean diet will only help if you are fit and happy from within. Having a low drive and determination along with low self-esteem or confidence, will not help you develop the will power which is needed to have a fit life. Hence it is as important to be fit from within. So for the next few days, make it a point to do these 5 things with me:

1). Take time out to spend an hour relaxing with your loved one. Eg. your kids, your husband, your friends, family, or even your pet.

2). Genuinely thank people for their help and do a little something to make their day.

3). Spend a few minutes infront of the mirror and tell yourself – “I am the best and I will strive to be better!

4). Smile alot!

5). Play some angry birds for a few minutes everyday 😉

Have a great week all!

Pose For Power

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By Pallavi Sharma

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“If you think about what people are doing in a job interview. You picture somebody sitting in a chair and they are hunching over their iPhone or Blackberry. They are making themselves small” – says Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School. When I first watched the video – Game Changers, I couldn’t believe that simply changing ones posture could bring about significant changes in ones behavior and thinking.

So I started going back to all my times at work when I felt powerful and in control, or for that matter even in school. Those times have typically been when I am leading a meeting at work, or leading a discussion in class, or when I am placed in a position of authority. And then it struck to me that in all those times subconsciously I made myself big – spread my hands more and had basically an open and confident posture. And it all made sense to me that just changing your posture, makes a huge difference in the way you feel.

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De-Technologize To Lower Stress

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By Pallavi Sharma

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If we were to watch a movie of a day in our lives, it will be quite shocking how little time we have for ourselves to unwind and relax. What is more interesting is that individuals don’t seem to be bothered by it anymore. They have accepted the mind-numbing craziness as a part of life and are willing to go on with it. They have forgotten to stop for a second and ask themselves, where are they really going and what are they doing?

I too have been a part of that kind of a lifestyle and in some ways still am. But what I realized was I could not go on too long with the high intensity and stressful schedule. And I also cant be waiting for that one big vacation which is probably two months down the line. It is absolutely imperative to go on little mini-vacations throughout the day and the first step to doing that is “deteching” or “de-technologizing” yourself.

Constantly staying connected with facebook, twitter and emails creates a sense of urgency in our brain. The urgency to take that phone call, or reply to that text, or comment quite sweetly on your friend’s picture even when you know she looked horrible in that dress or tweeting about your new car. All these different forms of technology sap our energy, lower our focus and concentration and raise the stress level. So here are the ways I use to reduce stress in my busy life:

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Become A Superhero: Just Smile

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By Pallavi Sharma

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A simple smile is said to have the same positive effect as upto 2000 bars of chocolate, Ron Gutman. Now that itself gives a fitness freak like me a big reason to smile more, so I don’t have to succumb to those yummy chocolaty goodness, and get depressed later.

But more than, smiling has proven to increase the levels of feel good hormones like endorphine in one’s body. Working out has the same effect on an individual, but in this case all one needs to workout are the facial muscles. It is also known to significantly increase the longevity of one’s life span. People who have been known to smile more, they have go on to have a longer life.

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