Difficult work and brain health

Difficult work and brain health

Fast thinking, prioritizing, and decision making are actually making your brain stronger and preparing it for top performance for years to come. 

The things you struggle with but are proud to accomplish are actually keeping you healthy for a lifetime. 

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Building a brain-exercise routine will probably be successful if it mirrors the most successful ways to create any other routine.

The answer to maxing out your brain’s performance abilities for the rest of your life lies in how you exercise it—just like your body.

  • At work: Attack your big challenges first. Don’t waste your mornings with routine, repetitive tasks.
  • At home: Take on more challenging hobbies. Do a crossword puzzle, play Sudoku, make home improvement plans.
  • In relationships: Don’t shy away from difficult conversations with your partner or friends. Discuss big ideas and how to bring them to life.

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Strengthening the mind

Neuroscience research shows you can keep your brain sharp in much the same way you keep your body fit.

  • At work: Attack your big challenges first. Don’t waste your mornings with routine, repetitive tasks.
  • At home: Take on more challenging hobbies. Do a crossword puzzle, play Sudoku, make home improvement plans.
  • In relationships: Don’t shy away from difficult conversations with your partner or friends. Discuss big ideas and how to bring them to life.

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Capsaicin, found in peppers, can boost your metabolism. At acceptable doses, pepper can burn ten additional calories per meal.

Mindful Wakeup

First thing in the morning:

  • Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body.
  • Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths—breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then let your breath settle into its own rhythm,
  • Ask yourself: “What is my intention for today?” and then set that intention.
  • Throughout the day, check in with yourself. Pause, take a breath and revisit your intention. 

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