Use Google to de-stress your life

August 18th, 2015

CRANIUM Point: Challenge not threat
Create a safe environment where challenge is maximized and threat is minimized – intentionally.

We talk about this all of the time but threat is threat.  Your brain would respond the same to a sabertooth cat as a shouting boss.  To combat threat, it is important that your body stays well. According to the CDC, approximately 80% of all illnesses in the U.S. are stress-related. Identify one or two major stressors in your life and ways to better manage them.  Here are some areas where stressors may be lurking:

  • Money
  • Always being tethered to work
  • A joyless job
  • Relationships
  • Put others first too often
  • Holidays
  • Making too many commitments
  • Insufficient quality time by ourselves
  • Insufficient quality time with others
  • Perfectionism
  • Not having a passion
  • Clutter and disorganization

Mel Robbins gave one of my favorite TED Talks.  In it she stresses (no pun intended) that whatever we want to accomplish in our life, others have done it before.  You can Google just about anything and others will have already blogged about it, written a book about it or made a video on how to do it.  So pick those one or two triggers and go Google them.

Use water to make yourself smarter

July 27th, 2015

Holding water in cupped hands

CRANIUM Point: Challenge not threat
Create a safe environment where challenge is maximized and threat is minimized – intentionally.

The most common roadblock to a healthy brain environment is threat.  You can never remove all possibility of others around you from acting out or pointing anger at you.  Plan B is to keep your brain nimble and ready to respond in a positive, productive and, even, empathic way. IN other words, o combat threat, it is important that your brain stays alert.

One practical to way keep your brain ready is to stay hydrated. Did you know your brain is approximately 80% water? Avoid unhealthy drinks, and set a goal to drink eight, 8-ounces of water each day.  On hot days you may even need two or three times that.

Good old H2O helps us lose weight, keeps our skin smooth, lubricates our joints, and has even been associated with cardiovascular health.  Add cognition to that list.  Being dehydrated often leaves us feeling sluggish but a recent study seems to also point to improved reaction times, better memory and more. In the British study test takers improved there scores by drinking water.

Create a positive environment with appreciation

July 9th, 2015

White frangipani flower

CRANIUM Point: Challenge not threat
Create a safe environment where challenge is maximized and threat is minimized – intentionally.

Often times in a positive environment it just feels good.  We tend to think about the people or in the environment itself as ‘nice’ and we leave it at that.  If we look closer, though, more often than not we discover the specific underlying cause of the ‘good feeling’ is knowing you’re appreciated there.

Show your heartfelt appreciation to someone. Include specifics about what you appreciate, when you have seen this demonstrated, and how you and others have personally benefitted.  The more details, the better.

Remember to put your heart into it.  Don’t just say thank you for x, y and z.  Really conjure the feeling of appreciation and let your non-verbals light up their mirror neurons.