Discover the power
of deep breathing
The quality of the oxygen you consume is absolutely
crucial to the health of your blood and your brain.
Your brain uses a huge proportion of your oxygen intake,
over 20%. If it’s not getting good oxygen then your
thought processes will be impaired. Likewise if your blood
isn’t well oxygenated, your energy levels will drop.
Whenever you exercise, consciously take deep breaths,
using the lower part of your lungs, not just expanding
Ten deep breaths, three times a day will energise you to a
level that will surprise you.
To protect yourself
from cancer, drink green tea.
Most people in the West prefer Ceylon
style tea, but drinking green tea is far healthier.
Indeed one study showed that Japanese
who consume 4 – 6 cups of green tea each day have a
significantly lower incidence of liver, pancreatic, breast
and skin cancer than people who drink less or no green tea
at all. In one part of Japan where green tea drinking is
at its highest, lung cancer rates are at their lowest.
Use a face
moisturiser even if you’re male
Females happily use moisturisers but
most males think they’re being effeminate if they even
Let me tell you why they’re
important. In business, people often have a prejudice
against old people. Senior citizens often report finding
it harder to get new jobs and to fit in with younger
So clearly the longer you can stay
looking young the better.
Use a face moisturiser every day for
the next 20 years and in your final years of business
you’ll still look like a player, not some over the hill
grandpa or granny.
It may be wrong that people judge by
appearances, but they do, so accept it and address it.
the power of a smile
The power of a sincere smile is
Here’s three ways smiling can change
l. A sincere smile makes others feel
good. A fantastic grin can lift almost anyone’s spirits,
and single-handedly change the mood of a room.
2. A smile says you’re confident,
that you’re on top of things. It says you’re in control.
3. It’s a clinically proven fact that
a big smile stimulates the thymus gland located below your
throat, which then produces pleasure-increasing opiates.
So when you smile, you’ll actually begin to feel happier
Make your home a
Recently experts on the human brain
discovered a remarkable thing. Contrary to popular
opinion, you do not have to get more senile as you get
older (see Brain Longevity).
On the contrary, extensive research
has revealed that if you keep using your brain you can
actually get brighter and brighter as years go by!
Here’s a few tips for keeping your
• Play chess or draughts a
few days a week.
• Play along with the quiz
shows on TV.
• Read at least half an
hour each day.
• Invite different people
over for dinner.
• Cook something unusual
twice a week.
• Write letters to people
you’re rarely in contact with.
• Learn a language at home.
• Play charades
• Rearrange the furniture.
They’re only little things, but they
help keep your brain active and healthy, turning a home
into a gymnasium for the brain.
People have no problem planning their
workday, but often throw such planning out the window when
it comes to their time off.
This is madness, as in many ways our
recreation is more important than our occupation. It’s
time we can use to improve relationships, get healthy,
de-stress and generally enjoy life. It should definitely
not be wasted.
Before you go home at night, or prior
to a weekend, spend a couple of minutes working out how
you can make the most of your leisure time. That way when
you do return to work, you’ll arrive refreshed and
invigorated, not still stressed and irritated.
Get 20 minutes sun
In Australia the majority of the
population looks at the sun in two ways.
They either love it, and end up
spending too long in it and get aged by its powerful rays.
Or they hate it, and never get exposed to its beneficial
Modern research suggests both
lifestyles are wrong. While everyone knows too much sun is
harmful, few people are aware that too little sun is
The solution, as always, is neither
extreme. Twenty minutes sunlight a day provides the body
with a vital source of vitamin D. Get 20 minutes daily and
you’ll be far healthier than if you avoid sunlight
Best times are morning or late
afternoon, but never at lunchtime.
Never have a
holiday at home
It may be cheap, but it’s rarely
When you stay at home during your
holiday you tend to just mope around and clean up the
house. It’s not particularly enjoyable, and it’s certainly
not refreshing for the mind.
A change of environment is vital to
getting a good break. When you go somewhere new, even if
it’s just a country shack a few hours’ drive away, you
forget about life back home. You experience new things and
break your usual mental habits, your brain and soul get a
wake up call.
Time changes too. One week in a
different environment often makes you feel like you’ve
taken three weeks off, whereas time at home goes by in a
Something. Anything! But do it daily.
The body was made to move! Depriving
your body of daily rigorous movement is unnatural and
devastating to psychological health.
Countless studies show that people
who don’t exercise regularly are more stressed, less happy
and even less intelligent.
And if your excuse is you don’t have
the time, don’t kid yourself. If President Clinton can
find time for a morning jog, with all the pressures of his
nation (and indeed the world) on his shoulders, then so
Don’t spend too
much time alone
Research indicates that people who
spend lots of time alone tend to have lower levels of
Maybe it’s because when you’re by
yourself you think too much, or maybe it’s because you
don’t get to express yourself to others, we can only
Don’t get me wrong. In many ways I
myself am a loner, I certainly enjoy getting away from the
madding crowd. But too much isolation can definitely be
damaging to the psyche...
Take holidays often
I’ve met so many people working in
companies that never take their annual holidays. They say
they’re too busy.
What a load of garbage. If you
honestly can’t find the time to take a decent break, then
your business is simply too disorganised. And in actual
fact, you’re not doing your company a service at all by
not having a holiday.
A good holiday freshens the mind and
the body. People who don’t take breaks are often stale
thinkers, and are usually too stressed to contribute
anything brilliant anyway.
Finally, I believe you get many of
your best ideas when you’re on holiday. Your mind thinks
big thoughts, away from the constant grind of urgent
Get out of the office, and go on
train yourself to
expect the best
When you expect good things to happen
and goals to be achieved, you work more confidently and
often get more done.
Doctor Martin Seligman, author of
Learned Optimism," says positive thinkers are not only
healthier and happier, but also more successful. But it
takes discipline. Train yourself to replace every thought
of failure with an expectation of success and your entire
life will soon change for the better.