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Daily Habits – the myths and facts about 21 days

17 Jan, 2013 1 comment All life areas

The New Year brings with it the promise of a new beginning, new opportunities and changes. And as convention goes, if you have  a new year resolution up your sleeve and want to make it into a daily habit, all you need to do is stay strong for 21 days. While the magical properties of the number 21 are unclear, what is clear now is that habit formation theories  which suggest it takes on an average about 21 days for an action to become a habit, are in fact false. A simple Google search about habit formation  or daily habits has long yielded results which tell the reader that a time period anywhere between 21 to 28 days is perfect for a habit to form. However, a recent psychological research breakthrough achieved by researcher Phillipa Lally and her colleagues from University College London has challenged this common belief that has been around since 1960. The research paper which has been published in the European Journal of Social Psychology has challenged the 21 day generalization and has provided a new turn to this sub-field of psychological studies.

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5 LifeStyle Mantras for 2013

04 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

As the new year 2013 sets in, apply a few lifestyle  design principles that could bring about some significant  changes in your life in the next 12 months. Make some concrete choices, live consciously and cherish every moment you get. Keep these in mind:

 Just Breathe

In 2013, the number one lifestyle mantra for anyone who wishes to balance life, achieve their   goals and bring about some positive development and growth, is to just breathe. Too often, we forget to maintain peace and calm of the mind and lose ourselves over a stressful situation. In the face of a problem, it’s important to maintain a balance, to centre yourself and to consciously focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly but deeply for five seconds, hold it for couple of seconds and exhale for five seconds. Count from one to ten backwards and take in the calming effect of deep breathing on your senses. Do this whenever you feel yourself getting worked up or stressed out. It hardly takes 20 seconds of your time and can help you slow down. A fast pace of life is good, however it’s extremely important to slow down and relish every second of life as it passes by.

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The Magical 90 Minute Solution for Getting Things Done

26 Nov, 2012 0 comments All life areas

What is it about 90 minutes that makes it the ideal time period for getting things done with maximum focus, resulting in better results? While researchers are still debating the exact nature of this phenomenon, it does well to know the 90 minute rule, which although is associated with one’s sleep patterns, can be applied to other spheres of life too. You can enhance personal and organizational productivity and time management with ease if the 90 minute rule is incorporated into the home and work environment. There are roughly three areas of your life which will benefit the most from this method – sleep, time and productivity. With practice, you can extend the habit to almost everything you do. Here’s a closer look at how you can apply it in daily life:

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? The Definitive Guide to Sleeping Healthy

07 Jan, 2012 0 comments All life areas

Have you always wished that you could be an early riser? Or have you always wished you could get enough sleep? If you’re looking for some guidance regarding your sleep troubles, here’s all the help you need!

How important is sleep?

Just like breathing and eating, adequate sleep is vital to a healthy body and mind. Sleep deprivation over long periods can be fatal, as your body is deprived of vital rest. Adequate sleep not only rests the body and keeps you active during the day, but is also essential for consolidation of the day’s events into your long term memory, which is why it is always advisable to have a fair amount of sleep before exams instead of having a sleepless study marathon.

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