To give us the best chance of success in both business and our personal lives, it’s important that we keep our minds in great condition.
But how do we do that?
We know exercising and eating healthily takes care of our bodies, but how do we look after our minds?
Below are 6 Ways to Keep Your Mind in Top Condition.
Declutter Your Surroundings
You should schedule one day a month, where you go through your home and get rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose. Be strict! A cluttered house can lead to a cluttered mind and you’ll notice the benefits of living in an environment where everything has it’s place. This can be hard with kids with lots of toys, but having big storage spaces you can chuck everything into, and teach them to help, is a real life saver!
Fully Focus On One Everyday Routine
This could be something like washing the dishes or getting dressed in the morning, things that we usually do and allow our minds to wonder. Become engrossed in what you’re doing. Be aware of every action you’re making, the noises, how something feels, smells etc. This is a great little trick for practicing focus and helps us to draw on that skill throughout the day.
Drink 500ml of Water & Lemon as soon as you wake up
This has several benefits. We can get pretty dehydrated during the night and dehydration in itself is a big cause of the body acting ‘slow’. Most people simply grab their morning coffee, or a little juice and carry on, but how is that replacing the fluids your body is shouting out for?
Drinking 500ml of water, preferably at room temperature, fully re-hydrates you and allows your brain to fully wake up.
The addition of lemon also gives you a dose of vitamin C and kick starts your metabolism for the day, waking your body too! Did you know if you don’t eat for 12 hours, your metabolism works 40% slower than it’s supposed to? This kicks it in action while you’re waiting to grab your breakfast.
Take a Nap
Many recent reports have stated that the 8 hour sleep routine we’ve currently settle into is unnatural. You can feel it yourself! You’re in the office, lunch has come and gone and you’re counting down the minutes until you can leave again. You’re not taking in any information and are unmotivated, the keyboard starts to look like an enticing place to rest your head, and the keys feel so soft….
You get the picture. There comes a time in the afternoon where we all get that little slump. This seems to be between 6-8 hours after we first wake up. Napping refreshes the mind, improves information intake and rapidly increases productivity.
Cut Out Sugar & Processed Food
I know it sounds drastic, but sugar has massively detrimental effects on our minds and bodies. As a race, we have never consumed sugar as much as we do now. What’s worse is, it’s hidden in loads of foods too! So you might think you’re being good foregoing the pastries, but the chances of sugar being present in any processed foods you’ve bought are huge.
Sugar induces highs and crashing lows. You may feel alert temporarily afterwards, but the come down afterwards takes a massive toll on the brain and usually leaves you in a worse position than you were in before.
As with anything you’re used to, it’s hard just to imagine giving it up completely. Start small and reduce gradually. Swap out foods that contain sugar with healthier options, start preparing your own foods from ingredients and start paying attention to the sugar content contained in foods. Once you do, you’ll be shocked!
All the greats do it, so why not give it a try? Set aside at least 10 minutes (preferably 20) every day to meditate. You can practice guided, mantra, visual… whatever you prefer. Just take the time to relax, concentrate on your breathing and empty your mind of overbearing thoughts.
If meditation really doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, why not substitute a run instead? Running and meditation actually have a lot in common and increasing the oxygen levels coming into your body really helps to focus the mind. That’s without even considering the rush of happy hormones you’ll get afterwards.