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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

Motivation

Start your day by thinking who you want to be and what impact you want to have on the world.

To help you reach that state of motivation, read or listen to something inspiring.

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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

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Movement

You don't have to do something too intense, just get moving to energize your brain and body.

A regular 20 - 45-minute high-intensity exercise will trigger positive endorphins, spark your metabolism, and build your resilience.

Meditation

Meditation is a way to focus your attention to your internal dialogue and moving it into the direction you desire.

The more you are able to focus your attention where you choose to, the stronger your mental muscle will become.

Music

Music can be a simple form of meditation. It can direct your attention to a state of your choice if it is calm or exciting.

Schedule music sessions throughout the day to recharge and reset.

Mirth

The experience of cheerfulness is known to reduce stress, improve immune function and increase brainpower.

Find someone to share a funny image or video. Take note when something funny happens during the day and write it down to imprint it into your mind.

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Learn Something New

Even if it is just for 10 minutes before going to bed, you should be learning new stuff every day, a new skill, a new word, a new kind of idea or philosophy. Expose your brain to new frontiers.

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Prepare Your Brain

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Where Your Focus Needs To Be

Take the time to identify what deserves your focus for the year, for the month, for the week, and for the day. Then look at your calendar and block time dedicated to focus.

Unplug For 30 Minutes

If you need to focus, log out of email and social media. Log out for 30 minutes either at the beginning of the day or for a period in the afternoon. You won’t believe how much you can get done when you’re not always interrupting yourself to return emails.

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Gentle morning exercise

Exercising may help alleviate anxiety when faced with a sudden, unpredictable shock.

Spend time with a close friend

According to research, when we connect with friends, we can handle stress better.

Start the day with time outside

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