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We’ve all experienced the fluidity of time in one way or another. How a workday can feel like eternity, but the weekend flies by in a blink. The inconsistency we experience is largely due to how our brain perceives time and then translates it back to us.

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Stress happens to all of us. It can come in waves or hit all at once. And when we feel stressed, it’s common to feel completely overwhelmed. Small tasks feel endless and larger tasks feel insurmountable. That tends to mean we get less done, which then adds to our stress. This quickly turns into a vicious cycle. Luckily, there are a few things we can do to disrupt the cycle and lower our stress before it escalates.

One way to fight stress is through cleaning. This is probably a solution many of us have never considered as a destress solution…

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When it comes to our personal and professional lives, the term goal-setting is probably one of the most frequently used in both. We’re encouraged to set goals in regards to our jobs, our finances, our health — even our hobbies. But setting goals in order to achieve them requires a very specific skillset.

Ask anyone what the magic to reaching a goal is, and they’ll often attribute it to motivation. How motivated are we to go after what we want? An example is when we’re hungry, we’re very motivated to find food. So much that it becomes our primary drive…

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New Years Resolutions. We make them. We break them. We rinse and repeat. In fact, this process happens so consistently, it’s almost a running joke for many.

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Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, but for many of us, the holidays are a time of year when stress is at an all-time high. We know that chronic stress can be damaging to our body and mind, but even these temporary spikes can lead to short-term side effects. This can make coping with stress even more difficult, which then leads to more stress. The good news is that there are a ton of ways we can alleviate stress. Here are five of our favorite techniques, with a holiday twist.

  1. Deck the halls

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What if all we had tomorrow were the things we were grateful for today?

It’s a powerful question that reminds us how to embrace an attitude of gratitude. Today is traditionally marked by expressing the things we are thankful for. This year has been difficult on all of us in different ways. And while that can make it harder for us to express our appreciation or give thanks, it’s also when it’s the most important.

Gratitude changes us. It isn’t just a feel good moment, though it does make us feel good. But expressing gratitude frequently alters the chemistry in…

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Over the last year, we’ve all adapted towards a remote way of life. Where before, in-person meetings, classrooms, and workplaces were the norm, now, we log onto zoom calls for virtual sessions instead. And while we’ve become accustomed to logging in as part of our new commute, new challenges are being faced for students, teachers, workers, and parents.

Some individuals are going to take to online classes or meetings more naturally than others. So how can we adjust the way information is being presented to help those that may struggle more? …

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Twice a year, many of us around the world experience a time jolt, jumping an hour ahead in the spring and moving an hour backwards in the fall. Known as daylight time in the US and Canada, or summer time in the UK and other countries around the world, this process began officially in Ontario in 1908 building to greater adoption by Europe in 1916, and finally the US is 1918.

Time change has had mixed opinions since it was first introduced, but the fact is, in our industrialized global world, we experience time changes every time we travel across…

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Once we’ve learned what the flow cycle is, and we’ve practiced finding our flow, we now have to master keeping our flow. But this is easier said than done.

No matter how much we practice or how fluid we get at reaching the flow cycle, there will be always be obstacles we need to be aware of. Being able to identify what will keep us out of flow will help us navigate our routines so we can prepare and plan our flow cycle sessions.

Ideally we want to be able to find our flow as often as possible. If we…

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In our last article, we talked about the four stages of flow. This highly productive state is closely tied with motivation. The more we achieve flow state, the more motivated we become to fall into flow regularly.

If we’re new to finding the flow state, this attempt to unlock the flow cycle on a regular basis can be an avenue of frustration. Sometimes we aren’t sure how we reached flow state the first time. Or maybe we’re so determined to get there, we end up not resting enough, leading to burn out.

But practice is essential in ensuring we’re able…

Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik is the brain trainer to top performers, executives, & celebrities. KwikBrain is designed to help busy people learn anything in a fraction of the time.

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