How to keep you mind healthy

There are many things that school doesn’t teach us and one of those is how the us and our brain operate. How do we manage and train our brain for healthy living?

Here are the eight tricks for a healthy mind.

1) Listen to music. Music can repair brain damage and returns lost memories. Don’t be afraid to take time out of your busy life to relax and play some tunes. It’s always feels good to play your favorite songs.

2. Simply smile more often. Smiling, even in a bad mood, can immediately improve your mood because these muscles are enough to trigger happy chemicals in the brain. This means if you even pretend you’re happy you will be happy. Actively smile right now and see do you feel better.

3. Don’t be afraid to talk to yourself. I’m not joking. Talking to yourself can make your brain work more effectively. Therefore chatting to yourself might actually help you get the job done.

4. Always listen to your gut. A “gut feeling” is a chemical signal that your stomach creates to warn the brain of danger. 9 times out of 10 your gut feeling will be right so go with it.

5. Get out and exercise every single day with no excuses. “Neither the body nor the brain can function optimally without movement. In fact, sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time increases fatigue and reduces concentration.” – Rae Pica

6. Just let things go. Holding grudges is not only bad for your mental health, but it also has a physical impact on your brain. Take a deep breath, relax and let that shit go.

7. Neurologists claim that every time you resist acting on your anger, you’re actually rewiring your brain to be calmer and more loving. The next time you feel yourself getting angry. Take ten deep breath from the depths of your belly and then say your reply.

8. Finally if you are struggling with sleep, stress or just over thinking cuddling with your partner could be the answer. Cuddling before bed helps the brain relax so get into that spoon position and get your partner to help you out!

Change your life in a Month

The Happiness Advantage

  • Write a Gratitude List (3 things you are greatful for)
  • Journal (Something good that happened to you today)
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Random act of kindness

Try doing these simple tasks for a month and see does it make a difference for you.

Positive people are happier and happy people outperform always.

Watch Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk below..

Ted Talk – The Happy Secret to Better Work

The Secret to Personal Growth as a Leader … George Raveling

Someone asked me what has been one of my most significant challenges throughout my life. My response was to live a disciplined life. Much of our personal behavior is predicated on how we view the world. We tend to prefer information that confirms our existing beliefs. We like to believe adding new processes, policies, procedures, and habits will transform our lives without retiring old mindsets and ways of living that no longer serves us. When you add anything in life, you must subtract somewhere else. Each day you must be brutally honest with yourself as it relates to who you are, what you want, what you need and how you serve others. The challenge is not just to do good in life, but to be good and at peace within.

There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to other people’s needs. I have come to realize that everyone is always in need of something that another person can give. Be it undivided attention, a kind word or deep empathy. The reality is this, most of us spend more time following than leading. More than ever we desperately need sterling leadership. The fundamental characteristic of leadership is the ability to manage oneself. The secret to personal growth as a leader is always to remain curious. A great way to learn is to teach. Learning happens when you acknowledge what you do not know. When one teaches, all parties end up growing and winning.

Self-imposed fears and your unwillingness to be uncomfortable will always present barriers to your success and leadership. Your choices always have real consequences. So do not hide your best self from others. Understand anything that deviates from the status quo is frightening but worthwhile. On your journey of self-discovery you will be taken through front doors, back doors, side doors, and no doors. No matter what lies ahead keep moving forward and never give up!

– Coach George Raveling 

What is there to do in Vancouver? 

So this year I decided to start my travels in Vancouver, BC. What an amazing city it is! The summer sun kicked in as soon as I arrived on the 16th May which made it even more incredible. On wednesday 17th May, my first day in the city, we decided to do a Free Walking Tour with Tour Guys in order develope an understanding of the history and culture of Vancouver, BC. There is three options of tour to do. We did Granville Street and Gastown tour with the Beared Guy! He was an amazing tour guide and would definately recommended doing one of his tours if you’re ever in Vancouver. We started outside The Pacfic Center and made our way down Granville street towards Waterfront station and then on to Gastown where the tour concluded. The interesting points I took from the tour were:

  • Vanvouver was named after Captain George Vancouver who explored the harbour of Burrard in 1792.
  • Granville street was once lined with neon lights (as was the fashion) but was totally renovated when Vancouver won their bid for the Winter Olympics in 2010.
  • Gastown gets its name from Gassy Jack. A proprietor who was broke and only had one barrel of beer left. He stood on two stumps in front of the Hastings Mill workers in now whats known as Gastown and promissed the workers he would sell them alocohol if they would build him a tavern. The next day the tavern was built. 1867

We enjoyed the tour so much we decided we would do another one the next day around Chinatown. Unfortunately I messed up the starting point and ending point and we missed the tour. So instead of letting the day go to waste we strolled down to the Vancouver Library where we enjoyed a relaxing coffee and embrased the magnificent arcitecture.

From there we walked to the courner of Robson and Homer where we got the free shuttle to capilano. The driver was very imformative telling us good places to eat and informing us that the Guiness family built the Lions Gate Bridge during the great depression in the 1930s and sold it back to the City of Vancouver at cost price. The Guiness family also owned a lot of land in North Vancouver and needed the bridge to transport items to their Marine Building on Burrard street.

In Capilano the Bridge was amazing. I must admit I do not like heights so walking on a suspension brigde would not be one of my favourite pastimes but the views we amazing and well worth it. We did the tree top walk and the cliff walk (which is literally along a cliff!!) After we had some food in Bridge House Cafe. The food was very basic and kind of pricey if you ask me!

On Friday 19th May I got my coordinates right and we managed to do another Tour Guys walking tour this time of Downtown and Waterfront. This tour was taken by a canadian women by the name of Ali. She was nice but probably a bit too Canadian for me. She knew her facts though! We went to the Vancouver Arts Gallery and saw outside that there are 4 ships on the roof each a different colour and representing a different race or event. Go on the tour to find out all the info!!

We then walked down towards the waterfront where we learned that a building here was built for $1 Billion Canadian dollars!! Crazy money!! But the cool thing about it is that it has the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with apiary on the roof along with all kinds of plants etc grown there. All the water for the building is supplied by the rain water that hits the roof! I was amazed by this. Incredable stuff if you ask me. Finally we got a picture with the picsulated Whale (Sea Orkid or something).

That night we went to a gig by the ‘Comedy Mix’ at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa which was really good fun. After all the laughs we decided to go to Doolins Irish bar for a few and then off to bed.

On Saturday 20th of May we did so much. In the morning we hired bikes and cycled Stanley Park, then went to a Whitecaps game followed by a few drinks in the Lamplighter Bar in Gastown.

We hired bikes on Denman and West Georgia for 12 bucks for 3 hours! How can you go wrong. We got helmets and bikes for as long as we liked. We cycled to stanley park and upon arriving it was obvious which way you were meant to cycle as everyone was going ani clockwise around the outside of Stanley Park. The sun was splitting the skys and there was also a nice gentle breeze to keep you nice and cool. We got about half way around and decided to stop at English Bay beach and chill out, sun bathe and go for a paddle. It was just perfect. Great company, great weather and great location with the views of the mountains of Whistler in the backdrop. Just amazing. We then finished up the cycle and decided to go to the Vancouver Whitecaps game.

The Whitecaps were playing against Kansas City who were top of the Western Conference at the time. The Whitecaps won 2-0 in a fairly poor game if im honest but I was entertained. We got tickets for the singing section and it was great fun! Here’s their song I just can’t get out of my head!

Just Can’t Get Enough (YouTube of similar Celtic chant)

A tweaked version of the Depeche Mode classic.

When I see you, Whitecaps,

I go out of my head,

I just can’t get enough,

I just can’t get enough,

All the things you do to me,

And all the things you said,

I just can’t get enough,

I just can’t get enough

Here in the Southside, I’m falling in love,

And I just can’t seem to get enough of

(while bouncing)

Do do do-do-do-do-do,

Do do do-do-do-do-do.

After all that singing and fun we decided to meet friends of James and hit the Lamplighter Bar in Gastown. It was a good night but what is the story with bouncers in Canada getting this power trip and making you wait an age in the que when there is nobody inside the club! In Ireland the just open the gates and we all flock in.. and I like that way!!

Anyway enough ranting. I had a great night but probably drank a little too much and couldn’t really do much the next day.

Sunday 21st we chilled out for most of the day and Kev introduced me to The Office US. I know its 12 years old or whatever but I don’t watch an awful lot of tv. I ended up watching up to season 3 ep 3 before I left their house 🙂 haha. Its great and I would recommend it to anyone. Anyway we decided to go to the Japanese Botanic Gardens later in the day once everyones hangover had eased a bit. It was $11 entrance but it was totally worth it in my opinion. Achres of beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.

There was also an Apiary which I thought was pretty cool. I might even have one myself someday if I can. Anything you can make or grow yourself I believe is probably better for you!

On Monday the 22nd I got a lift out to my brothers place in Burnaby. Pretty cool spot he has but I must say it could do with a tidy up. We caught up for a while and then we went to Lynn Creek for the afternoon. It’s a beautiful place when the sun is shining. We did a small hike along by the river and finished up at the car park. A nice day out for my last day in Vancouver. If you are going to Vancouver I would definitely recommend going to Lynn Creek and Canyon. It’s free and enjoyable for all the family. Bring a packed lunch and eat it beside the river!