Here are four lifestyle changes that could help you become more successful in the new year:
1. Build an inspirational daily routine
Tony Robbins who is a best-selling author and international speaker, has helped many clients including Serena Williams and Hugh Jackman to feel more focused in their careers.
One method he uses is called ‘priming’ . This method involves conditioning yourself to react to events in a specific way.
“If you’re going to get the results that you deserve and that you want, you want to prime yourself for success, You need a daily practice, a daily practice that’s going to put you in the best state possible regularly.”
To help prime yourself for feeling strong, Robbins recommends the follwing two step process:
First of all, set aside 10 minutes each morning for reflection and mindful breathing, a process that helps him and will also help you stay focused and motivated every day.
Spend the first 3 minutes thinking about 3 things that you are grateful for. Spend the next 3 minutes feeling at peace and thinking about the people you care about. Finally, spend 3 minutes envisioning three things you want to accomplish.
Next, listen to an inspiring audiobook or podcast while you commute to work, do household tasks or exercise.
“Prime yourself for courage,” he said, “rather than hoping you show up that way, based on the triggers of your environment.”
2. Start carrying a book
Instead of picking up your mobile phone when you are bored and checking social media status and posts, open a book or download an app whereby you learn about something new or inspirational.
Charlie Munger who is the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway says young people should spend less time on their phones and more time buried in books.
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero,” says Munger, according to David Clark, author of “The Tao of Charlie Munger.” Scientific research also supports Charlie Munger’s advice to read more. Several studies have found that people who read regularly show higher levels of empathy and emotional intelligence and are more likely to stay mentally sharp.
3. Regularly exercise for 20 minutes a day
One of the best ways to feel more relaxed and regain lost focus is to partake in regular exercise.
Just 20 minutes a day of exercise which is less than the time you probably spend watching an episode of your favorite TV show has been proved to boost a person’s physical and mental health.
People that exercise vigorously for 150 minutes each week or approximately 20 minutes each day have better sleep than those who don’t.
4. Create and maintain a sleep routine
According to Dr. Philip Gehrman (assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine), if you have difficulty in falling asleep, it may be because you don’t have a proper sleep routine.
“Most people need a good hour of winding down down time before they’re just physically and mentally ready to go bed,” Gehrman said.
Do not eat immediately before bed because it can cause acid reflux and make you feel uncomfortable, he says. Give your body time to digest the food, also while having a glass of wine before bed may seem to make you tired, alcohol can cause disrupted sleep.
Instead, set up a relaxation routine such as Yoga, meditation, reading or progressive muscle relaxation are all techniques experts recommend.
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