November 20

6 Tips to Keep Your Mind Sharp, All the Time

Feeling as if your mind is growing duller with each passing day? Here are some tips to sharpen it – and keep it sharp all the time:

  1. Get adequate sleep, consistently: We all know that it is impossible for our minds to operate optimally if we are groggy. So it is important for you to figure out what ‘adequate’ sleep means to you, and ensure that you don’t get anything less than that on a day to day basis. It is also important for you to create a comfortable sleeping environment, and get rid of things that tend to interrupt your sleep.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast: It has been observed that people who skip breakfast tend to have sub-optimal mental performance. So you can’t afford to skip breakfast, if you want your mind to be in top shape all the time.
  3. Breathe properly: The idea is to deliver adequate oxygen to the brain, in order to get it to function optimally.
  4. Don’t overeat: The objective here is to avoid a situation where the body is forced to dedicate all its energy to digesting the excess food, at the expense of other functions (like the thinking function).
  5. Manage your stress properly: It is impossible for our minds to function optimally when we are over-stressed. That is because when we are over-stressed, our minds go into fight or flight mode – which is not ideal for thinking or other high-level mental activities. You need to identify the things that cause you stress, then figure out what to do about them. Let’s say, for instance, that you are a GM dealer, and every visit to the GM global connect portal triggers a stress reaction in you. What you would need to do in that case is identify the specific dealership-related tasks that cause you to be stressed. Then you can either undertake more training (to become better at them), delegate them, or simply change your attitude towards them. The key thing is to identify the deeper roots of your stress, and resolve them conclusively.
  6. Maintain good posture at all times: It has been observed that whenever we slouch (or opt for other non-ideal postures), our mental performance tends to go down. The inference is clear – try to maintain good postures at all times, and that will go a long way towards keeping your mind sharp at all times.
November 15

5 Ways to Refresh Your Mind After a Long Day at Work

Some of the ways in which you can refresh your mind after a long day at work include:

  1. By listening to soothing music: the ultimate objective here is to get your mind to stop focusing on work-related thoughts. And listening to soothing music can be very effective in that regard. You just need to be careful in your choice of music. Ensure that the music you choose to listen to is of the soft, soothing nature — as opposed to the rough, highly stimulating music that leaves you even more stressed…
  2. By visiting a gym: the goal  here is to simply sweat out all those work-related stresses, leaving your mind refreshed and ready for the next day at work. In most places, gym subscriptions are quite affordable. It is usually the sort of thing you can pay for using the money that remains in your prepaid card after catering for all other expenses. So, after paying all other priority bills, you can check your PrepaidCardStatus balance — and use the remaining money to pay your gym subscription. Besides giving you an avenue to refresh your mind every day after work, exercising regularly is also generally good for your physical and mental health. But even if you can’t afford a gym subscription, you can still go ahead and set up a home gym using rudimentary equipment.
  3. By going for an after-work walk: Walking has long been known to be an effective meditation exercise, especially if you opt to do it in a mindful manner. You just need to ensure that you are not ruminating on work-related issues in the course of the after-work walk (otherwise it will beat the purpose).
  4. By having a drink or two: It works even better if you have the ‘drink or two’ with friends or colleagues, discussing non work-related issues. But you need to ensure that you don’t go overboard and drink too much alcohol — as that will end up causing you even more stress the next day.
  5. By reading a good book: The most important thing here is to ensure that the book you choose to read after work is not too ‘serious’ – otherwise it will end up stressing you up rather than refreshing your mind.