Friday-September-24-2021 edition of Forward Positiwe, a community newsletter by Vishnu Goyal to inspire you do more, live well, and stay happy.
📋 Beds Are for Sleep and Romance: Don’t use the bed for watching television, talking on the phone, doing homework or eating and drinking.
💬 Our brain associates our surroundings with the activities we do there. If you do work and other non-sleep activities in your bed space, your brain will most likely associate your bed with work and all those other activities. And when you try to get to sleep in your bed, you might find it hard to fall asleep.
Well, because your mind is kinda telling you that your bed is a place for your work and all activities. It’s no longer a safe haven for you to sleep!
That’s why you should ideally refrain from using your bed space for anything but sleep stuff. If you have enough space at your home, avoid using your bed for work and other non-sleep stuff. It’s a vital part of something experts call “sleep hygiene” practice and maintaining it can radically improve your sleep quality.
🔗 How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep – By Tara Parker-Pope – The New York Times
📋 Sometimes you have to unplug yourself from the world for a moment, so you can reset yourself.
💬 If I may ask you to do one thing: Go offline for a while please and see what that experience brings to you.
You won’t regret doing it.
I do it with Do Not Disturb mode activated for all notifications during non-working hours, pausing all noise. And sometimes, going for meals leaving the phone on the desk. It brings back the sanity of mind to me and gives me space to think better.
📋 What will make us smile?
Well! It is the 2G! ‘Gratitude’ and ‘Giving’! When you are grateful or thankful for the goodness of others and for the things you have, you feel happy. If you try to disregard things you have, you lose your happiness. Similarly, when you give, you feel happy. Because that reminds you that your existence matters on this planet.
💬 So now you have a formula as well to keep smiling and staying happy: 2G of Smile!
Be Grateful for the good things and people you have in life. Keep Giving away things you can to support others. If not too much, just give a smile and let the ripple of happiness wander around.
🔗 2G of Smile! – By Tarun Goyal
📋 Listen to music. If you’re not a fan of meditation, create a playlist with your favorite genre of music. Typically, classical or calming music is suggested, but there’s nothing wrong with a classic rock playlist if that’s what you’re into! Immerse yourself in the song, and get up to move with it. Just a few minutes of dancing can get your blood moving and refresh your mood.
💬 Chronically working long hours without taking breaks in between can lead you to experience temporary brain fog, a condition when you lose mental focus and clarity to think and feel confused. That’s one reason why you must keep taking short breaks, not just for the sake of your physical health but your mental wellbeing as well. Stand up and look away beyond the screen, climb stairs up and down, play a track you love, or just do nothing for few minutes after every hour of work or so.
🔗 The 5:5 Rule: How To Reboot Your Brain And Enhance Mental Clarity – By Sage Leaman – Clear Skin Regime
📋 I once visited a day care center, where I saw three toddlers play with identical plastic toys. You had to slide the red button, and a cute doggie would pop out. One little girl tried pulling the purple button, then pushing it, and then she just sat back and looked at the box with her lower lip trembling. The little boy next to her watched this happen, then turned to his box and burst into tears without even touching it. Meanwhile, another little girl tried everything she could think of until she slid the red button, the cute doggie popped out, and she squealed with delight. So: three toddlers with identical plastic toys, but with very different reactions to failure. The first two toddlers were perfectly capable of sliding a red button. The only thing that prevented them from succeeding was that their mind tricked them into believing they could not. Now, adults get tricked this way as well, all the time. In fact, we all have a default set of feelings and beliefs that gets triggered whenever we encounter frustrations and setbacks.
Are you aware of how your mind reacts to failure? You need to be. Because if your mind tries to convince you you’re incapable of something, and you believe it, then like those two toddlers, you’ll begin to feel helpless and you’ll stop trying too soon, or you won’t even try at all. And then you’ll be even more convinced you can’t succeed. You see, that’s why so many people function below their actual potential. Because somewhere along the way, sometimes a single failure convinced them that they couldn’t succeed, and they believed it.
💬 If you think you can’t do that one frog-task on your to-do list or achieve that one special milestone in your wish-list or work-life — Rethink and retry, this time like that child who kept sliding the buttons of her plastic toy until the cute doggie popped out.
🔗 Why we all need to practice emotional first aid – By Guy Winch – TED
📋 When we wake up from our sleep we then realize that what we assumed was real was just a dream.
In the dream state every event that happened seemed real and true. Notably, due to this assumption, we experienced various emotions. We may be feeling miserable in a dream and simply by being awake and aware we see that all our misery ended. What if the dream was a beautiful one? Likewise, as we wake up we realize that was also not true.
This is the biggest gift of Wakefulness – a realization that we are responsible for creating our own realities, everyday.
However,most of us choose to lead a very mechanical life. We blindly follow the crowd, the trends and the ideals set by the society. We unconsciously tend to follow the rat race and create false beliefs, ideas and goals in life, assuming that this will lead to happiness in life.
💬 Ask yourself: “What I am getting done is matching what needs to be done?”
If the answer is no, you might probably be willing to shake things up. Because your thoughtful actions are the only bridge that can lead you from your dreams to your dream reality. Unthoughtful actions can burn that bridge. Do take extra care of how you’re spending your time and where you’re putting your efforts.
🔗 A new leadership imperative called wakefulness – By Shri Shivam – People Matters
Before you leave, a thought from my Scrawlbook:
Nobody can let you down unless you allow them to.
Until next time, keep living your fullest, Mate ✌️
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[P.S. You are amazing. Let no one tell you otherwise.]