Do you wake up after hitting the snooze button (or maybe hit it 3 times), then grab your phone to turn off the alarm only to get suckered into checking your emails and social media? Then you quickly become stressed, rush to get ready and are already anxious before you’ve even walked out the door!
Recently, I began reading more about the effects negative news can have on our overall well-being and just how a few small changes can prime our brains to be more optimistic.
Here are the top 3 small changes I’ve found to be the most useful and easy to implement.
Don’t check your emails. Write one first.
‘Starting your day with stressful emails doesn’t set your brain up for success. Even if you have an equal number of good and “bad” ones, the stressful notes are often scientifically more powerful because our brain was built to respond with greater attention to stressors in our environment.’ (Thrive Global)
By writing a proactive email you are getting your brain to focus in a way that is conducive to productive work. Did you know that providing social support in the form of kind words at work has been connected with increasing the chances of promotion by 40 percent? (Michelle Gielan).
Don’t read the news!
Just three minutes of negative news can increase your chances of having a bad day by 27%! (Shawn Achor). It’s the same as negative emails. Take the time to read a few positive, uplifting articles or watch a few TED talks to get you in the right frame of mind.
Here are a few one’s the team here at Brook love:
The 21 day challenge
You have the ability to rewire your brain for greater levels of happiness by taking just two minutes a day to write down three gratitude’s. (Shawn Achor). This simple action over 21 days can raise your levels of happiness and make you more of a ‘glass half full’ type of person.