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Mental Stimulation

When reading, you are keeping it charge, exercised and readily active. It also can help increase your imagination and creativity. It is said that reading enhances mental stimulation, which can prevent or even slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Relax

Reading can also be a good way to wind down and slip into a new world of the book you are actively reading. Reading is an escape for some people and it is nice to escape to a different place sometimes. Reading before bed instead of playing on your phone is a good idea as the brain is able to wind down with focused attention. If you are studying, it could be a good idea to read your study noted before bed as you will be able to retain and absorb the information while you are sleeping.

Increases Your Knowledge and Intelligence

When you read a fiction or non-fiction book, your knowledge and intelligence increases. The more you read, the more you know. Your confidence will benefit and with the increased amount of information you know, the confidence you gain will positively affect every aspect of your life. 

Vocabulary Expansion

You will have a rich vocabulary growth when it comes to reading. The more you read, the more words you know and the more you will be able to articulate what you want to communicate to others, whether it be writing or speaking. Being able to communicate thoroughly and easily is an admired skill for anyone in any profession, scenario or situation in life. Once you realise that you are able to communicate this effectively, it can boost your self esteem and self confidence which is very important for self growth and development.

Memory Retention, Focus and Concentration

When you read a book, your focus is on one thing, the story. As you read along with the book, you need to remember what happened in the story, the key details and be able to follow it along. Every new memory that you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short term memory recall as well as stabilising moods. Reading gives your brain a good work just like a good run gives your body great circulation.

Stronger Analytical Skills

When reading, watching a movie or even observing a situation, you are able to think fast on your feet as well as being able to resolve, perhaps, a situation faster than you would if you weren’t actively reading. You will be able to analyse things objectively and improve your critical thinking. This is important when trying to problem solve as well.

Better Writing Skills

Again, communication is a big factor and this plays largely in writing skills. You need writing skills in everyday life. Higher vocabulary also equals a wider increased range of words to express yourself in the right context. When reading, you will be able to analyse, observe and view the writing styles of other projects.

An Increase In Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Reading fiction can help become more empathetic and also increase your emotional intelligence by being aware of what the characters in the book go through and how they deal with their situations. Reading a book can also open your mind to a lot of different worlds and situations that can help make you become more accepting to things in life. 

Self Development

You become a well rounded person through learning about different people, places and situations where you are able to look at different perspectives, as well as being more interesting to talk to. Depending on what you read, reading will help you learn how others worked towards their success such as reading inspirational stories.

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References

http://capcana.com/news/10-benefits-of-reading-why-you-should-read-every-day/

https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/benefits-of-reading-real-books

https://www.rd.com/culture/benefits-of-reading 

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/health-benefits-of-reading/slide/6

https://www.beautyglitch.com/18-great-benefits-of-reading-books/

https://selfhelpfix.com/benefits-of-reading.php

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We all know that sitting for 7 hours a day at a desk job and constantly being inactive can be bad for your posture and for your health. But what can we do to prevent that slouch in posture or wrist soreness? Here are some exercise tips you can do to help minimise this. 

  • To decrease your slouch and enhance that attractive posture! Adjust the height of your desk, chair and screen. Make sure your hips and arms are at a 90 degree angle, make sure your back is straight and your abs are engaged (yep, they’re there!) to hold yourself up. Also be sure that your head is level and facing straight ahead. Be aware of your neck as well. Have it upright and be sure to realise it is not leaning too far forward or leaning too far back. A good posture can lift your mood and can increase your confidence so shoulders back everyone!
  • It is important that you stay somewhat active in your desk job so be sure to take regular walking breaks. Walk around the office or go out for a stroll around the block and then come back to your desk. Increase that circulation.
  • Is your neck feeling a bit stiff? Let’s do a neck stretch together. Move your head to the left aiming to touch your ear to the edge of your shoulder, hold for 5 seconds and then repeat on the right side. You can also have the option to hold your head down gently with the same arm you are leaning towards. Repeat 3 times.
  • It is easy to fall into the habit of hunching your back while sitting at a desk so this exercise will help greatly. Squeeze your shoulder blades back like you’re trying to hold a whiteboard marker. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat 5 times. This will help strengthen your back muscles as well as helping to maintain your posture while sitting for long periods of time.
  • Get that cardio going and take the stairs instead of using the lift if you can.
  • Lift that be-hind! Squeeze your glutes for 5 seconds and repeat 5 times while sitting. It may feel weird but it is a great way to keep those glutes activated (and also enhance that lift!).
  • Here is one you can do every few minutes. This one is called “The Upper Body Stretch”. Raise your arms straight above your head, back straight and pull your upper body up towards the sky. You should feel a stretch through your arms and all in your upper body. How did that feel?
  • Don’t forget your joints! Let’s stretch our wrists so they don’t stay locked. Here we go: Stretch your arm straight in front of you at shoulder height and with your palm down facing your body, use your other hand to push your hand down, release, then move your wrist the other way with fingertips to the ceiling, use your other hand to push your fingers towards your body. Repeat with the other wrist.
  • Shoulders can get really tight if we don’t loosen them and can cause other muscle issues in relation to them. This exercise could be an easy way to help release some tension. Roll your shoulders, steadily and smoothly, forward 5 times and then back 5 times. Repeat as many times as you like!
  • I almost forgot an exercise for the lower body! This exercise is one you can do while sitting at your desk. It’s called the “Point and Flex”. Point your toes, then flex them and repeat as many times as you like to help increase the circulation in your legs. 


These exercises are great to help keep you moving. Can you come up with any other ones that we haven’t mentioned above?  

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References

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/02/06/the-10-best-exercises-to-do-at-your-desk/#498157303372 

https://greatist.com/fitness/deskercise-33-ways-exercise-work

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise-at-work/10-office-exercises-you-can-do-secretly1.htm

https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/6-exercises-you-can-do-while-sitting-at-your-desk.html/?a=viewall

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1. Drive, Motivation and Focus

All leaders have goals and challenges that they want to achieve. When you have a goal, you feel driven and motivated to complete it. They all reach of an end goal but it doesn’t stop there. Once they have completed one goal, they will write another one, whether it is to improve themselves or improve a business goal, goal setting is a cycle for them. All these things will also allow you to push your own limits. Set goals that you know you can accomplish but still also reach for the stars.

2. Patience and Persistence

Not everything will come straight away. Patience is key for a lot of different aspects of life. Working towards something may not provide immediate results. Be patient and persist and everything will eventually come into fruition. 

3. Passion

Are you doing what you love? A lot of successful people are in the position they are in because they followed what they love to do and made it a reality. Passion is also what will drive you to want to become successful. You are also more likely to have more fun when you’re doing what you’re passionate about.

4. Communication

A lot of successful people create a network of people around themselves and with this, calls for great communication to get your vision heard and successfully communicated to others to ensure that you are all on the right page with expressing ideas. 

5. Self-Confident but also Self Aware

You need to know, trust and believe in yourself in order to make decisions and stick by them and believe it is the best decision for you. With self-confidence comes optimism and belief in your skills and your ideas.  

6. Read

Self-knowledge and improvement is important. You have to be open to everything and expand your thoughts to expand your mind to become the best person you want to be. Reading anything and everything will help broaden your horizons and enable you to learn from other people.

7. Waking up early

It is said that those who wake up early are more likely successful people. They start the day early so there is more time to the day and able to fit in exercise to clear their mind before the day starts. Some leaders start their day to increase their productivity. Check out 12 highly influential peoples morning routines here.

Try waking up early in the morning and see if it makes a difference for you!

8. Constant Ideas

Do you always tend to come up with ideas? Write them down. Successful people always come up with ideas that randomly pop up in their head and write them down. Your ideas could help change peoples lives. Creativity is integral in all aspects of business. Without ideas, we wouldn’t have the iphone or computer systems. Innovation comes from ideas so start writing yours down! 

9. Listen

Listening is an important skill when it comes to being successful. In order to become a successful and collaborative leader, it is a good skill to listen to those around you and take in what people say but it is important to take it from an objective point of view and not a personal view. 

10.  Adaptable - Able to adjust for change and make change

Businesses, environments and the world in which we live in changes everyday. You must be willing to change, improve yourself, your business and set trends. Be innovative, creative and efficient.

11. Willing to fail

When you fail, you learn from each mistake and you keep that in mind so that you do not make the same mistake again. Failing can make you more motivated to succeed. Your drive will always increase and you will strive to do better.

 

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Not a morning person? Well you will be now with these amazing ways to start your morning! 

1. Drink a glass of warm water with lemon

Great for kick starting your metabolism and hydrating after 7—9 hours of sleep with no hydration. Drinking lemon water will also help with digestion and also help flush out toxins in the body.

2. Stretch 

This is something that you can do in bed. It feels good and it’s a great way to strengthen and warm up your muscles to get ready for the day. An example would be the yoga child’s pose or a full body stretch. 

3. Get a great workout in 

You don’t even have to go to the gym. You can do a workout in your own living room, run around the neighbourhood or even your backyard. It can be a run, yoga or a customised circuit workout. Try to get at least 30 minutes in and your body will thank you for it. It will make you a lot healthier and stronger. Another plus is that you will feel more awake and alert than before!

4. Eat breakfast outside

Absorb all the morning sensations in, hear the birds chirping, let the warm sun shine on your skin or just enjoy the peacefulness of the morning.

5. Have a healthy breakfast

Fuel your body with whole protein. This includes eggs, bacon and plain greek yoghurt. Protein is one of the main building blocks in your body so it is important to include this in your diet. It can help combat stress, tiredness and muscle soreness. For those of you who go to the gym, it will help recover and maintain your muscles as well as helping you feel fuller for longer.

6. Forget the snooze button

Using the snooze button interrupts your sleep cycle and will make you groggy and less energetic when you wake up.  Instead, set your alarm to wake up half an hour earlier, stretch in bed and then hop on out of bed. 

7. Get Motivated!

Start the day by listening to your favourite podcast, read one or multiple motivational quotes, smile and think about what you want to achieve today and just do it. (p.s our Facebook page has some great motivational quotes).

8. Mindfulness

I know, I know. You’ve heard this a thousand times but it is something that is really great for your health. It is important to set time to say thanks, think about your day, think positive thoughts and to just sit quietly with yourself without distractions, even if it’s only 2 minutes of your day. 

Are you a morning person yet? You can get there. Starting your day early and positively can really set the tone for your day. It’s ultimately your choice! You can do it!

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Goal Setting is an important part of success. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? If you look at the CEO’s and creators of this world, they all have an end goal of what they want to accomplish. Amongst that end goal, they most likely had smaller short-term goals that led them to their success towards their final goal. Even then, they will continue to create more and more goals to help themselves achieve what they want in life.

Goals can help keep you on track and establish what you want to do in life in order to achieve the final goal. The final goal could be to “learn how to swim freestyle”. The question now, is how? This is when you will establish smaller goals of how you are going to achieve the goal of learning how to swim. Smaller goals could be to “Go to the pool twice a week” or “Get private swimming instructor lessons”. Creating a time or date of when you want to achieve that particular goal will also help you stay on track. Be specific.

What is something that you are wanting to achieve? Having short term, medium term and long term goals can help you focus on the thing you want most to improve or to achieve. It could be anything from health, your career, your education or family goals. 

Just make sure when you are setting goals, keep them realistic. Ensure that you are able achieve them your set time frame. Also, do not have too many goals because that can stir you from the main goals you are wanting to achieve.

 

To put it in steps:

1. What is your vision/dream/end goal? 

2. What is it you want to achieve?

3. Write them both down. 

4. How are you going to achieve that? Write down your short term and medium term goals that relate to what you want to achieve plus your vision. 

5. Choose to share them with someone in relation to what you want to achieve. This will help keep you motivated.

6. Go over your goals often in order to help keep you on track and accountable.

7. Make it happen!

 

Here’s an example:

•Vision/Dream/End Goal: “I want to finish writing my book”

•How? “I will write for 3 hours every week”

•Complete goal

•Review goals as a reminder

•Complete goal


Now that you know the steps on how to create goals, get goal setting and make your dreams happen! 

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