Aug 162019
 

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How to Improve Your Mental Health: 9 Keys to Your Well-Being
People tend to shy away from talking about their mental health and minimize that it’s actually important. But taking care of your mental health is vital for a healthy, happy life. Your mental health affects how you think, feel and act. This article explains not only what it is, but why it matters and ways to improve it.

People Super Successful at Focusing Avoid This 1 Trap That Others Don’t, According to Science
Focus unlocks work-life balance, productivity, and so much more. But busyness can assault and cripple it, affecting everything you hold dear. Learn ways to improve your ability to focus so you get more done in less time.

Longer Exhalations Are an Easy Way to Hack Your Vagus Nerve
The fight-or-flight response indicates that you’re experiencing stress. Science has shown that taking long slow deep breaths can reduce the anxiety that can then sometimes develop. But research is showing that specific ways of breathing can easily counteract stress. This article explains exactly how that happens.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Aug 092019
 

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Before You Dismiss Mindfulness…
Mindfulness has become a buzzword for meditation and yoga. And some have tried to dismiss it, misunderstanding and misrepresenting what it is. But it’s a powerful tool that research shows offers benefits for mental health. Mindfulness can help to rewire your brain and retrain your habits.

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away
This isn’t just an idea for students, but for anyone who takes notes. The idea of taking notes by hand seems old fashioned when typing is faster. But when you type your notes, you’re just copying information down without processing it.Taking notes by hand means you have to pay more attention and thus learn more. Read about one of the studies that have confirmed that writing notes is better by far and why.

4 Signs Stress Is Negatively Affecting Your Well-Being
Stress is a part of our lives. Some stress doesn’t affect you much. But if it builds up, you could be in for trouble. There are different types of stress to be aware of so you can determine how to handle them. But you have to know what to look for before you can take action to help yourself. This article identifies the different symptoms and gives tips on how to deal with them for a better life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jul 312019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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Do you ever feel that your day is filled with distractions? Instead of being able to finish a project, your environment constantly intrudes on your attention? Phone calls, demands on your time by coworkers, sudden tasks thrust on you by managers or crises all erode your efficiency and impact productivity. They keep your mind in chaos, and clog your connection to the Universe.

Many of your interruptions are self-inflicted. Instead of focusing on what’s important, you allow your attention to be abducted by anything new. It’s like the dog in the movie that gets diverted by any movement, thinking it’s a squirrel. The brain loves anything that’s novel or different. It lights up the reward circuit of your brain. That’s why it feels so satisfying to check your email dozens of times a day. But just because it feels good doesn’t mean it helps you accomplish anything.

If you never focus on what you want, the Law of Attraction doesn’t know what to bring you. Chaos instructs the Law of Attraction to bring you more chaos. The more you allow yourself to be sidetracked, the more you train yourself to seek out and succumb to distractions. It becomes a self-defeating cycle. Multitasking falls into this category. Although multitasking feels like you’re getting a lot done, the more you do it, the less effective you become.

How Distractions Cost You

Distractions are more than annoyances. Every time you’re interrupted, it takes time to get refocused. Researchers estimate it takes between fifteen and twenty-five minutes to get back on track afterwards. How much time are you wasting each day, just trying to get refocused? And once you return to your task, you can’t focus as well.

Also, your output, productivity and efficiency suffer and you commit more errors. Another study established that four hours of distracted time was equivalent to one hour of focused work. Think of what you could accomplish if you focused on one task or project at a time for just two hours a day. That would be equivalent to a full day of work.

What You Can Do

You have control over many of the distractions you encounter. When you take charge of what you can, you’ll maximize your productivity and improve your channel to the Universe. You’ll also be giving the Law of Attraction clearer direction. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused.

1.  Focus on your task. Do this by turning off your email notifications, closing your door and turning off your phone. Better yet, schedule checking your email and only do it three times a day. Even better, leave your cell phone in another room. Studies show that even having it in your room diverts your attention.

2.  Stop multitasking. Contrary to popular thought, it does not make you more efficient. The opposite is true. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you jump from one task to another, your brain must switch gears. That takes up precious time and energy, and shortens your attention span. It also makes your brain run slower and reduces your intelligence. To increase your effectiveness, address one task at a time for at least 20 minutes before you go onto something else.

3.  Train yourself to focus. Focusing your attention is a skill that you can learn and develop. Once you’ve broken the multitasking habit and been able to focus on one task for 20 minutes, take it to the next step. Extend the period you focus on any task by 5-minute increments over a period of weeks. Aim for at least 55 uninterrupted minutes. Another way to train your focus and concentration is to practice meditation. It builds areas of the brain associated with attention.

4.  Focus on the present. Pay attention to what you’re doing now. Don’t allow your thoughts to drift to the past or what you’re going to be doing in the future. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the task at hand. This type of mindfulness helps problem solving and improves your memory. You also open to your intuition and connection with the Universe.

Distractions will never go away. But when you stop letting distractions rule you and take control over your attention, your mood will improve. Your sense of calm, clarity, satisfaction and productivity will soar. Because you’ll be spending time on the tasks and projects that bring you results, you’ll be more successful.

Affirmation:

The Universe is always present, guiding and directing me. I now keep my mind clear, calm and focused. The Universe supports me in making positive decisions about where to focus my attention. This allows me to have a greater connection with the Universe. I plan for the future but keep my mind focused on the present.

Watch the accompanying video How You Can Get More Done in Less Time.

As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, apply for her complimentary "Clarify Your Vision" consultation at http://www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/coaching.shtml
Jul 042019
 

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Don’t Like Meditation? Try This Instead
Many studies show that Mindfulness Meditation can improve concentration, creativity and give you a new perspective on finding solutions. But people shy away from meditation, either because they don’t have the time or they’re intimidated by the idea. You don’t have to find a quiet space and empty your mind to have the benefits of meditation. This simple exercise can allow you to get the benefits and fit into your day.

6 Myths and 6 Truths About Perfectionism
Unfortunately, many cultures encourage a toxic view that perfectionism is beneficial. It doesn’t help you to be or do better. You’ll never be able to reach that impossibly high standard. And failing that creates a sense of shame. Stop chasing after perfectionism and understand the uncomfortable truths about it.

119 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier
We all strive to be happy, but sometimes we fall short of that goal. It doesn’t mean it’s unreachable. It just means you need to implement some new strategies. This article has investigated research on the subject and brought together tested ways you can incorporate into your life. It covers 9 different areas of your life that you can address.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

As a vision strategist, speaker, coach, and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and businesswomen who feel stuck to get a clear vision, focus on strategies, and gain control so they’re able to
accelerate to the next level of their business. Sign up for her FREE guide, Take Control of Your Day.

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Jun 202019
 

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How to Forgive and Live a Happy Life Again (A Step-By-Step Guide)
Forgiveness doesn’t give the offender a pass for what they’ve done. The process isn’t for their benefit, it’s for yours. When you carry around that pain and anger, the only person it’s hurting is you. But it’s hard to let it go. Here’s a map on how to do that and free yourself from the past.

7 Ways To Start To Value Yourself
Making yourself a priority is not selfish. Doing so makes sure that you have the energy to then help others. When you make yourself important to yourself, your life and relationships improve. Caring for yourself ripples into all other areas of your life.

How Mindfulness Can Reshape Negative Thought Patterns
Most of the thoughts you have are from the past, ones you’ve had before. Many of them are negative messages you received or developed when you were younger. They repeat, trying to convince you that they’re valid and important, when they’re not. Mindfulness can short-circuit those thoughts and allow you to make a different choice.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jun 112019
 

Sparks of InsightI remember seeing a television show where a working wife and mother spent all weekend trying to keep her house as clean and perfect as her mother did. She was killing herself and alienating her family by her unrealistic expectations. There was no time for fun in her life. She was counseled to lower her standards so that she and her family could enjoy themselves. So what if her refrigerator wasn’t clean enough for an inspection? Her family needed some together time in a way that created happy memories. Where might you be holding yourself to unreasonable expectations, and how can you lower them so that you can have a life? Chores will always be there, but today won’t be.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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May 312019
 

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Follow These 5 Steps to Radically Transform Your Negative Mindset
Having a negative mindset is a common problem and can hinder your ability to be productive and successful. Your mindset determines how you respond to situations, challenges and opportunities. Made up of your thoughts, 98% are simply repetitions, your mindset can be altered. Use these 5 steps to break out of your habitual negative mindset and reprogram your life for success.

Psychological Secrets to Hack Your Way to Better Life Habits
Habits run your life. Your behaviors rule how much you accomplish and how effective you are. They either help or hinder you as you endeavor to reach your goals. Habits consist of a simple, but extremely powerful, three-step loop. Break that loop, and you can install a new habit that supports you and your goals. This article includes 4 tips on how to ensure the new habit sticks.

Unleash Your Potential
Fear prevents you from taking the next step along your journey or to seize opportunities. However, when you face your fears, you’re able to embrace your courage and potential. This article includes 3 ways you can empower yourself to overcome what’s holding you back and tap into your natural potential.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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May 172019
 

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The 1 Priceless Gift You Can Give to Anyone Anytime
A major source of happiness is giving others your time and energy. To give this gift doesn’t take much of either. You truly can have a positive impact on everyone you meet and thereby make the world a better place. This article describes 9 simple ways you can make yourself and others happier.

Your Self-Image Creates Your Reality
How do you see yourself? Your subconscious will follow that image and try to make it real for you. Your self-image can be changed and improved. Learn 4 ways to upgrade your self-image so you’re able to have the life you imagined.

Neuroscientists Say The Human Brain Erases Unimportant Data To Make More Intelligent Decisions
It’s normal to forget a person’s name, their face, or an anniversary. These minor lapses are natural, as the brain overwrites old data to make room for new. Research has found that doing this helps the brain focus on the things that will help you make decisions.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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May 102019
 

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How to Make Mindfulness Part of Your Daily Routine
Instead of running on autopilot, you can train your brain to be more self-aware. This is a key skill for leadership by impacting your career and improving your performance. Learning mindfulness allows you to rewire your brain for the self-awareness that can lead to greater success.

6 Habits That Will Help You Build Mental Strength
Life happens. You’ll experience substantial stress from major events at times in your life. Being able to deal with it and recover quickly requires mental strength and resilience. Improving your mental fitness means you can be more resourceful and handle stress more calmly. As you establish these 6 habits, you improve your mental ability to handle opportunities and challenges.

How listening to music ‘significantly impairs’ creativity
This was a surprise to me. Although I knew I couldn’t be creative with music with any vocals, this research contradicts the popular view that music enhances creativity. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance. Apparently, background music, with or without lyrics, significantly impaired people’s ability to complete verbal tasks.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Apr 262019
 

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3 Ways to Make a ‘Breath Break’ Part of Your Daily Routine
The practice of focusing on your breathing to be calmer and reduce stress has lots of research to back it up. But you get wrapped up in your daily race and forget to begin the day with this valuable strategy. What about fitting in during your day, whenever you get stressed or overwhelmed? It only takes a minute or two to do and will bring you valuable benefits.

Start the Day Strong With This 2-Minute Mindfulness Exercise
Do you start your day by hitting the floor running, and then berate yourself for not setting things up the night before? A bad mood is not a great way to start the day. But you can rewire your brain to more greatly appreciate your strengths and improve your overall mood. Using this simple technique can increase your happiness, self-confidence and self-esteem. It’s worth it to practice this a couple of minutes a day.

Why Physicists Say Your Brain Might Be More Powerful Than Every Computer Combined
Human brains may be quantum computers, which would mean you’re way smarter than any AI. AI fail at many tasks that human brains perform instantly. So, even though computers are taking over many mundane jobs, they’ll never be able to replace the human brain. Read how you can improve your brain in the areas that computers cannot compete with.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart