Brain Hack 3: How To Calm Down and Reduce Stress

Brain Hack 3: How To Calm Down and Reduce Stress

Our previous post shared a brain hack that improves your mood instantly. Brain hack 3 will also improve your mood by helping you calm down and reduce stress. This hack can be used anytime you notice that you are feeling anxious, nervous, or overly stressed. How Stress Affects the Brain and Body Stress affects all systems of the body, especially the nervous system. The first part of our brain to form is the limbic system, responsible for our fight-or-flight response to danger. The nervous system responds to stress and danger by forcing shorter, more rapid breaths that will provide us…
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Brain Hack 2: Easily and Instantly Improve Your Mood

Brain Hack 2: Easily and Instantly Improve Your Mood

Our last post shared a brain hack that will help you feel more alert and awake in only 15 seconds. This hack is even quicker and simpler. If you are feeling sad or down, all you have to do to feel better is force a smile and improve your mood instantly! Neural Loops in the Brain The human brain uses neural loops as shortcuts in thinking. Many of these loops are innate, meaning even babies do this without being taught how. For example, try holding your breath and tell your brain not to take a breath. Our brain circuitry is…
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Brain Hacks: How To Trick Your Brain for Maximum Effectiveness

Brain Hacks: How To Trick Your Brain for Maximum Effectiveness

Our last post explains how to use the power of our subconscious mind and visualization to help us achieve positive outcomes. This is the first lesson in a Personal Kaizen topic on brain hacks - simple ways we can use neuroscience to trick our brain for maximum effectiveness. I’m about to share a brain hack that will help you feel more alert and awake in only 15 seconds! Our Incredible Brain I first began studying the workings of the human brain in 2005 after accepting a position as a Director of Operations for a medical device company manufacturing deep brain…
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When You Worry You Visualize What You Don’t Want!

When You Worry You Visualize What You Don’t Want!

I’ve been wanting to share this concept for a few years now but haven’t known where to begin. Rule 4 of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life is to Live in the Moment with a Positive Mindset. I have too many friends and family members who experience anxiety and worry about outcomes. The problem with this is that when you worry, you visualize what you don’t want to happen. The visualization remains in your subconscious thoughts and becomes more likely to occur! Think Positively Visualization can be a helpful tool for achieving a goal. Simply envision how you will…
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12 Small Habits that will Change Your Life for Good

12 Small Habits that will Change Your Life for Good

I recently saw a new book in my local library that I knew I had to read and share with the Personal Kaizen community. Liquids Till Lunch: 12 Small Habits that Will Change Your Life for Good by MaryRuth Ghiyam is a 2021 release with a title that made me skeptical and a subtitle that made me interested. I wondered – how many of her 12 small habits would agree with the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life? The author is a certified health educator and nutritional consultant with several episodes of personal loss as defining life experiences. This post…
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12 minutes is all you need for Effective Meditation

12 minutes is all you need for Effective Meditation

I plan to begin a new meditation practice habit and recently heard Amishi Jha speak about the benefits. Amishi is a professor of psychology and neuroscientist at the University of Miami and the director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative. Meditation is a great way to follow Rule 4 (Live in the moment with a positive mindset) of the Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life. I am very busy already so want to begin a meditation practice that provides benefits to my focus, attention, and attitude with the minimum amount of time and effort. Amishi has spent the past 30 years…
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