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May 23, 2024

8 Ways To Prime Your Brain For Success

Our brains are the command center of our lives and are essential for the quality of our physical, emotional, and mental performance. Chronic stress, poor diet, smoking, and excess alcohol take a severe negative toll on our brain’s functionality.  These habits also contribute to high blood pressure, cognitive decline, and dementia. But you can always learn new habits and strategies and change your life. Here are 8 tips to prime your brain for success and unlock your best future. Mediterranean Diet (MeDi) High-quality foods are essential to your brain health and physical fitness. The Mediterranean diet focuses on plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, fish, whole grains, and healthy oils like olive and avocado.  Based on a study of 502,536 participants, people who followed the principles of the MeDi had a 23% lower chance of developing dementia. Research has also found that the MeDi may improve cognitive capabilities, such as memory. Tame Stress  Chronic stress harms brain function. Yale Medicine defines chronic stress as “A consistent sense of feeling pressured and overwhelmed over a long period of time.”  There are many causes of chronic stress today because life is busier and more complicated than ever. These include life changes, unfulfilling jobs, economic distress, and family dysfunctions.  When stressed, the brain increases glucocorticoid production, including the stress hormone cortisol.  The mind goes into overdrive and starts worrying about the future and everything that might go wrong, causing panic and anxiety.  Reading the Bible and praying have a calming effect on the mind that keeps us anchored in the…

It’s not too late to turn things around and salvage this year. Maybe you’ve lost motivation or have procrastinated on starting your life-changing goals. If so, so what? It’s no big deal. Get up and get going because life does not wait!  Many of us put things off. And if that sounds like you, don’t…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released these startling statistics on the flu on February 16, 2204, in which it estimates that the United States has had at least 24 million illnesses, 260,000 hospitalizations, and 16,000 deaths from flu this season.    A strong defense against the flu is a strong immune system. But boosting our…

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It isn’t sexy, glamorous, or cool, and even though many people think it’s boring, it works and works great! What is it? Walking. Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says, “{walking is} the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”   Wow. That’s a pretty strong statement. Here’s…

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Life is messy and unpredictable sometimes. We don’t make the best decisions, or things spiral out of our control, or we suffer the unfortunate consequences of other people’s choices.  How we react to certain triggers and situations and show up in life either fills our life with more or less hope, joy, or misery. To…

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5 Ways To Stop The Negative Effects Of Social Media According to DemandSage.com, nearly 5 billion people use social media worldwide, which is more than half of the world’s population (61%). Experts predict that number will rise to 5.17 billion by 2024. It’s probably no surprise that Facebook leads the field with 3.05 billion users. The typical social media…

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  Imagine achieving your dreams and goals and living a flourishing life. When you activate your potential, that kind of life can be yours. Many people fall short of their potential because they don’t want it bad enough and they lack mental and emotional toughness.   Unlocking your best life requires time and effort, dealing with…

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Negativity doesn’t just suck up precious mental space; it leaks into every area of your life, undermining your hopes, dreams, and plans.  Pessimism and negativity are toxic to your mental health, physical health, and social health. Let’s have a look. Mental Health Besides making you feel miserable, negative thoughts compromise your long-term mental health. These…

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Spending time outdoors benefits your overall health and well-being. Research on outdoor recreation states that interacting with nature can improve overall mood and increase happiness while reducing negative feelings. This is because experiencing nature can invoke feelings of awe and wonder, making you feel relaxed. The outdoors is also where you can engage in physical activities like…

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According to a poll by Forbes, the top 2024 New Year’s resolutions are improved fitness, finances, mental health, weight, and diet. Health and fitness are always at the top of the list. Gyms will be overcrowded the first two or three weeks of January, and every crazy fad will be tried, from detox diets to…

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Clean slates and fresh starts inspire us to dream. Each New Year, we imagine the kind of life that might be ours. The promise of change fills us with hope as we get excited about the possibilities. People promise themselves that this is the year everything changes: out with the old and in with the…

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We put a lot of stress on ourselves to create the perfect Christmas and make special memories that no one will ever forget. The holiday season feels magical, with sights, smells, and sounds that fill us with wonder and delight.  But you don’t have to have the perfect Christmas for it to be a blessing….

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There’s just something special about the Christmas season that ignites people with a sense of wonder and excitement. It’s the perfect time to spread goodwill and generosity, especially to those who routinely make our lives a little bit easier, better, and brighter. Among the people at the top of our gift-giving list, besides our loved…

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