Month: May 2018

Time Hacks - Act Smarter Live better

Time hacks – Act smarter live better

Time Hacks – Act smarter live better

Have you tried registering a car or a new home on a Tuesday? What would be the reaction of the seniors in your home? Given the sentiment of time, Tuesdays are the most an inauspicious day of the week. Is that a myth or is that real? Well, I dont know that but believe me or not time matters and it matters the most.

Ask a chef, a cricketer, a runner a comedian, A journalist, a marketer or an entrepreneur and they will all say the same thing “Timing is everything”.The year you pass out of college, the year you get a job, the year you change jobs, The time you go to office the time you attended meeting the time you get back home and the time you hit the bed, timing plays a key aspect.

This might surprise you but let me explain this a bit in such a way that makes sense. Don’t worry I am going to speak astrology here.

What timing works best for you?

Timing is not a one-size-fits-all thing. It varies from one person to another, some people are larks who are early risers are mentally very active in the morning, have a trough around the noon followed by another peak early evening and exhausted by late evening. Some are late owls, they start the day late reach they peak early afternoon followed by a trough during the late afternoon, another peak and finally hit the bed pretty late. Have you seen writers start to write when its quiet at night and sheepish all day? Well, they are very energetic during the night, their peaks, troughs, and rebounds are totally different,

Many kinds of research say that 70% of the people are owlish, so who are you lark or an owl? Not sure? Here is an easy exercise to figure that out. Every other hour try to answer this question

How am I doing?

  • Very energetic
  • Energetic
  • somewhat energetic
  • Not so energetic
    Tired
  • Exhausted

So if you chart it out for one full day you will figure out what your Peak, Trough and Rebound points are around the day.

What tasks are best suited for each phase?

Peak

This is the time when your mind is alert and very responsive. If are looking for a perfect time to do analytical tasks such as analyzing, going through strategy process, learning something new, this is it. This might not be the best time to find a problem resolution or to think creatively. The reason, your brain is active alert and quite busy, this is called cognitive distortion. You need a calm mindset to be creative or to find a solution.

Midpoint between Peak and Trough

For larks, the time around 11 am to 1 pm is the best time to take critical decisions. Our brain is neither overactive nor tired. Chronotype tests conducted on a group of 400 chess champions where both larks and owls indicated a common pattern. They take very careful and more precise decisions during the day and they choose to take the risky route later in the evening which are 50% inaccurate.

Trough

Good for administrative tasks this might not be the time to take critical decisions, in fact, a research concluded that most decisions taken during this time tend to fail. If you are looking to do administrative work such as answering routine emails, calls, booking appointments etc, then do it during a trough

Also Naps, I have had a lot of people say that a nap during the day is not a good habit, ditch it! Most productive people take frequent power naps. A perfect nap time of about 20-25 mins and a coffee can do magic. Try it.

Rebound

This is the time when your are recovering from the midpoint. THis is a good time to resolve insight problems, brainstorming and tasks that require creativity. Our cognitive abilities fluctuate throughout the day.

This pattern is not universal, its just that larks tend to perform better in the morning whereas owls do a better job later in the day. Another interesting fact that Dan Pink the writer of “WHEN”, revealed is that lars are usually born in between October and April while owls are more likely to be born during summer.

Are you looking for a crash course on creativity or a personal consultant for a career, well-being or depression? Feel free to drop me a line here.

 

Depression Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels

Depression hurts, Can I come out of it?

I had a friend reach out to me to help her with the depression. This is not uncommon, in fact, in the United States alone there are at least 3 million people who are consulted every single year. And the number seems to be growing each year.

Some people tend to get confused between anxiety stress and depression. While stress is a response to a situation,anxiety is more of a reaction to the stress itself. Depression is lack interest and manifestation of low mood and feeling.

What causes this and how can that be treated? Well, There is no one reason, it can range from work pressure, peer pressure,relationships,  marriage, family, Abuse, addiction to substances like drugs, illness or even genetics. Depression is complex.

The most important thing that I look for in my clients is they’re realization of depression.  Unless and until the patient realizes that they are under depression and they need help, it is very difficult or even impossible to get them out of the situation. I have heard stories about patients being medicated without their knowledge.  some cases Antidepressant medicines are the mixed in the food they eat or in the juice the drink,  but those exercises become unsuccessful and the patient does not recover.

The basic issue with depression is hormone imbalance. Boosting the secretion of some of the mood stabilizers or “happy hormones”, Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytoxin, Estrogen, Progesterone depression can be brought into control. Depression can be cured naturally, provided that the person realizes what he/she is going through and has the will to get out of it. If not, its not that easy, or even impossible.

It might be too early to identify what kind of depression someone might be going through without a detailed behavioral analysis.

Phase 1 Change in lifestyle

First, Trying to change the daily routine a bit. The patient should (I repeat, “should”)

1) 30 mins of strenuous activity 5 days a week. Your pulse rate should bump up rapidly. You hear your heart pumping? Yes right about there.

2) Food – Low carbs, low or no sugar and more egg, nuts & seeds, fish and probiotics(yogurt, kombucha), coffee. Eat the right food, these foods have the potential to boost the secretion of the hormones like Serotonin.

3) Sunlight, Expose yourself to a lot of sunlight. Captivate the healing power of sun. Stay in places where it’s bright.

4)Positive environment,  it’s difficult, but try to speak and see and be around positive people and thoughts. If need eliminate negative people from your walks of life.

Most patients see a huge progress within 3-4 weeks. What if this is not helping?

Phase 2 Take therapy sessions.

Depression not only hurts the one suffering from it, it also hurts relationships. Mindfulness techniques like yoga, mediation and therapy sessions can help with depression, regain a better & healthy lifestyle. Experts need to be consulted, so here are some of the therapy you need to try to go for

  • IPT – Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • ACT- Acceptance and commitment therapy

 

Phase 3 Consult a doctor for anti-depression

If none of this helped, its time to try medication.  Antidepressants medications are mood boosters that stimulate the mood hormones with the help of chemical reactions. Although they have side effects, in the long run, you will regain a better life.

Do you want to talk to someone? I can help you, feel free to contact me.