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I realize this time of year can get out of hand in terms of managing energy levels and stress — which is why it's more important than ever to make a conscious effort to take a breath, move and give an extra hug.
So, I would like to share three high-performance habits with you. You can do one, two or even all three. I promise it won't take a lot of time, and trust me, you will feel the difference.
Take two minutes to center yourself and just breathe at least three times a day — more if you are feeling yourself getting stressed. A technique I like to use is to either stand with legs shoulder-width apart or sit on the floor with my legs crossed, close my eyes and say the word "release" every few seconds for two minutes. You can say it out loud or to yourself, but either way, you are ordering your brain to release the thoughts in it. You will have random thoughts come into your head, but by saying "release" every few seconds, you are pushing those thoughts out and putting your brain on pause.
Too many of us sit a lot during the day. The constant, stagnant position can be draining, so here's another high-performance habit. Set the alarm on your phone for 50 minutes. When the alarm goes off, stand up and walk to get a drink of water, walk to the bathroom or just stretch your arms up in the air. Doing this every 50 minutes will refresh your body and your mind.
How often do you hug and engage others each day? Did you know that endorphins are released when you touch or hug someone? That’s why a smile comes to your face when you hug someone — I mean really hug someone — because it feels good. The added bonus: It's good for you, too.
It is easy to get caught up in many things this time of year. But, you now have three high-performance habits to get you out of, what I call, the negative spin cycle of energy. Use any or all of these tips, and most importantly, don't forget to start and end every day with a smile.
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