Crank Down Stress – Crank Up Productivity

5 Daily Habits to Improve Your Life and Open Doors to Your Inner Potential

According to Clinical Psychologist, Dr. J. Jones, these five habits will not only reduce stress, but also keep your mind at peak performance, allow access to your subconscious mind for problem resolutions and reveal incredible potential.

  1. Get Plenty of Rest/Sleep – Throughout our day we encounter stress inducing events; Traffic jams, screaming kids, tight deadlines, missed deadlines, bills, etc.  Our brains collect all this trash for later processing and disposal. When does this processing and disposal occur? This purging happens when we sleep, because when we sleep our brains process stress and trauma. The simplest and one of the most effective ways to reduce our stores of stress is to get our 7 to 9 hours of sleep each and every day.
  2. Rise and Shine! – This deals with your inner “master clock”, which syncs all other body clocks. It is called the circadian rhythm.  “The what?” It’s name is not that important unless you are studying for a degree in this field.  Simply understand that when your master clock is off, or has an abnormal rhythm, it is connected to all sorts of issues like sleep disorders, depression, obesity, diabetes and more.  Those are attention grabbing issues.  The advice here is simple: Wake up when the sun rises; Do not sleep in. Work on zero exceptions to this.  If you’re an early riser, then you’ve got this down. Kudos! For the rest of you, try it one time and be mindful about how you feel, physically and emotionally, and even what your attitude is towards the day. Remember this state of mind next time you’re tempted to pull those sheets back over your head.
  3. The Mighty Fish Oil – There is so much written about the benefits of fish oil, so we won’t get into it here.  Simply start taking it.  If you want to begin learning about fish oil, visit WebMD’s Fish Oil Information Overview page.
  4. Mindfulness and Meditation – This came up in a previous article on our blog, “Do You Strain the Brain“.  Meditation has many neurological benefits and begins with being able to tap into your subconscious mind.  Depending on the type of meditation, specifically the kind that quiets the mind, or empties it, another benefit is the ability to gently control thought or how we anchor emotions to certain thoughts.  This helps in keeping objectivity during periods of high-stress, and aids in effective problem solving an decision making.  For newbies to meditation, Jones recommends Headspace, a sort of online mind gym.
  5. Leap Out of Your Comfort Zone – This was also discussed in our previous article, “Do You Strain the Brain“. Stepping outside of your comfort zone, meaning doing things that feel uncomfortable, strange or a little frightening, helps your brain grow, literally.  Doing things outside of your normal patterns taps into the science of brain plasticity, the ability of our brains to grow new dendritic pathways (neural pathways).  Think of these pathways as additional tools in your arsenal to combat new problems or challenges. Knowing you have a large and ever expanding range of tools will help lower stress, boost confidence and solve problems, not to mention open doors for new and expanding opportunities, similar to working the Adjacent Possible, a concept that underlies our B2B networking community, WinWinUSA.com.  A previous article on our blog that will direct you to more information about the Adjacent Possible.

Being in peak physical and mental condition should be a goal for all business owners, managers and employees. Peak mental performance is especially helpful in productivity, reaching goals, forging new networking alliances, cutting deals and managing day-to-day operations.

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