Rewire My Brain With Knowledge
Nine and a half years ago, I was in an awful place; I suffered from deep depression and panic attacks. I had no prospect of getting back to my very social life again. I was heavily medicated, and I was more or less a shell of my former self. I needed to find a way back, and even if I started a series of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) sessions, I still felt my brain was ‘fried.’
A week or so before I crashed a Samsung Galaxy Tab with a 10'2 inch screen, I named it Amelie. Amelie became my companion, lifesaver, personal assistant, and a way back for me to who I have become. She (Well, I named her Amelie, right?) became my best friend in the Universe at that low point in my life.
There were a lot of lessons that came from this use of Amelie. Some life lessons too.
New Morning Routine
New year, new routines for my mornings. I need to step up my game this year. No lounging in bed until 10 am anymore, even if it feels good to lounge with coffee, breakfast, and a good book or film to enjoy. The laziness has run its course for too long now, and activity will replace it.
From my time with Amelie, I will take the habit to watch one TED talk with my first mug of Coffee. My all-time Favorites was back then:
I watched some +80 TED talks for 4 months, and it had an impact on my brain on its way back to recovery. The three above, especially Jane McGonigal, helped me to move forward. Starting to watch, or listen, to TED talks will be in my ‘Starter-Up-Me’ for this year. It will be in combination with reading both full books and using Blinkist condensed readings. I wrote an article about how Blinkist works for me, and maybe it will work for you too? I suggest a dosage of 1–2 books a day, and don’t limit yourself, reach out, and broaden your sphere of interest! Maybe you will find something new that excites you.
I have also bought a subscription to Elevate that with games. It trains your brain, and I have been using it for a year and a half. They have a generous freemium plan with four games every day, so that can be enough to start you of with. Playing those games is better IMHO than playing other games. My short time memory has increased a lot since I started playing those games. And halfway into my second year, I feel so much more confident and secure in the English language (I’m not a native speaker, Swedish is my native tongue).
Besides that, I will continue my habit of reading The bible every morning. The consistency in do doing so gives me a soft start on my day that sometimes even becomes the theme for to rest of the day.
I have a small digital recorder I use to ‘write down’ notes that I transfer to my Second Brain for use further down that line, as my shaking still is too bad to write; this is a right way for me to recorded essential things for me. I hope this year will make my shaking on my right side less or even gone, but there’s a risk I might have to settle for how the situation is right now.
The brain is not isolated from the rest of the body, so it’s only logical I will do things to get my body more fit. So starting a new habit is essential here too. I will start doing the plank exercise every morning to strengthen my core. And besides that I will continue walking my +12k steps every day, it’s a fun way to also acquire new knowledge listening to a book or two in Blinkist or podcast.
So, my friends, this is my new morning routine; what is yours? Let me know what you think!
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