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To build new habits & behaviours, leverage your body’s natural brain and body rhythms.
Phases of the day will invoke a shift in mood and mindset that are more conducive to building and keeping habits
Phase 1: 0-8 hours after waking up
Phase 2: 9-15 hours after waking up
Levels of dopamine, epinephrine, and cortisol start to come down
Serotonin starts to rise and lends itself to a relaxed state of being – can be enhanced with a warm bath, yoga nidra, ashwagandha
Taper the amount of br...
Phase 3: 16-24 hours after waking up
Vision and light are important components to set the brain in a high state of alertness
Being in a brightly lit environment can lend itself to increased productivity throughout the day, not just in the morning
Work in a space with as much overhead light as is safely p...
A ring light or light pad placed in front of you will also increase alertness and stimulate photons
Around 17-24 hours after waking (shift workers or students):
Cathedral effect: thinking becomes smaller and more constricted in tighter visual fields, and vice versa
High ceilings versus low ceilings: high ceilings elicit abstract thoughts and creativity whereas low ceilings promote detailed and concrete work
Distractions and things that take away from tasks aren’t just bad in the moment, it takes time to get brain waves back into attention and focus
Tip: if someone enters your office or workspace, acknowledge their presence but don’t shift your body or reorient yourself
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Conscious and unconscious salt intake and sensing modulate cravings for sugar, water, and other things have a direct relationship between the stress system (glucocorticoid system) and the salt craving system if you’re feeling anxious or stressed.
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