I'm walking downtown, in San Luis Obispo. Walking is one of my morning routines. It's a recently added one, and I really, really enjoy it. It's early in the morning. There is barely any traffic. Nobody's on the street, it just relaxes me and makes me feel like I can do this little bit of activity and cardio that my heart and my body enjoys in the morning. So I don't go from laying down in bed, to sitting up in a desk or sitting up in a table to have breakfast at work.
So, what are your morning routines?
Have you ever counted how much time it takes for you to get “back on track” after the holiday season? One day, one week or a whole month?
Some people adjust really quickly and are able to go right back to their everyday routines. For others, it takes what seems like forever. Everyone is very different. Have you ever thought this could be related to your brain functionality?
The cingulate system is the line between the two brains. This line is responsible for managing our ability to shift attention, makes us more adaptable, more flexible or more able to “go with the flow”.
When the cingulate system is too active, we have problems in shifting our activities or habits, and when it is calmer, it’s much easier for us to “go with the flow”.
The cingulate system is the one you want to nourish if you want the ability to adjust faster to new situations. This also applies to returning to our normal...
December is upon us, the last month of 2018. It is usually the time that we look back and take inventory of the past year, acknowledge our achievements as well as identify the things that we could have done better and set our goals for the new year.
When you look back over 2018, how do you feel about the year as a whole? What, if anything, would you have done differently?
The good news is that with the start of a new year, you get another chance to re-do the things that didn’t go so well in 2018. If one of your 2018 goals was to lose weight or get into better shape, you can start again!
Think of losing weight and getting leaner as a marathon, not a sprint race. The more steadily you lose excess weight, the longer it will last. Why? The reason is very simple. Our brain needs time to make changes and to create and develop new neuropathways that will stick forever. When we make small changes, one at the time, it is easier to stick with this new...
When we have a conversation about our personal habits the most of the time we don’t even know what happens in our brain or our body for that habit to be created and how that specific thing that we do in our daily basis became a habit one day .
When we do something repeatedly it is a habit. A habit can be a routine or not, what’s the difference between those two?
A habit can be something that works for us in a specific situation and that becomes a routine that can be a healthy or unhealthy routine. Also, it can be something that we do when we get triggered and it has an emotional attachment for us, usually unhealthy.
Either way, we want to be aware of the chance that the habit serves us in a healthy way or unhealthy way.
A good example of a healthy habit/routine is to get 8 hours of sleep at night. We created a routine because that serves us by providing more hours of rest and makes us feel better the next day.
We create habits of everything and often are unhealthy...