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8 Evening Rituals That Will Help You Reflect, Relax and Succeed




I am sure by now that you have heard of the many benefits of having a more productive morning routine. There have been many articles written about ‘the golden hour” or the ‘hour of power’ or being an ‘advanced early morning riser’. I have written this article about getting the most out of your morning here. Did you know that by having a better evening routine, can also make a massive difference to your physical and mental well-being, can help you to achieve your goals and can increase both your productivity and indeed future success.

I am going to list 8 great evening rituals that will help you make the very most out of your evenings. When you get home from work or college etc the easiest thing in the world to do is to get changed out of your work clothes and just sit in front of the television for the rest of the evening. There is nothing wrong with relaxing for a few minutes and clearing your mind of any stresses of the day. But, by spending your entire evening channel surfing, you are robbing yourself of a great opportunity to improve so many different areas of your life.


Instead of sinking into your usual place on the couch, why not put on your gym clothes and do 30 minutes of exercise to get your heart pumping and your muscles working. You will feel wide awake and energized after just a few minutes. If you like to do your exercise in the morning, you could always do some Yoga, Pilates or go for a short walk in the evening. I find that walking is a great way to clear my head and focus on some really valuable ‘me time’. Exercise is a great way to de-stress your mind and release any tension that you might have in your muscles.

Write Down 3 Amazing Things That Happened Today:

When you start the positive habit of writing down 3 amazing things that happen to you each day, you train yourself to watch out and remember for some of great things that are happening to you. It could be that you made some great business calls, you might have read for 30 minutes on your lunch break or perhaps you simply felt super positive and confident about yourself and your future that day. We often forget or fail to see the wonderful things that are happening to us. By remembering to take note of the amazing things that happen to you every day, you get into the positive habit of appreciating more and becoming more grateful. I use the great 5 Minute journal, which has a section for writing down 3 amazing things that happen each day.




Use Social Media In A productive Way:

I probably spend 30-60 minutes on social media every single day! I really value my time, so I have made sure that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of great personal development material. Reading inspirational quotes always put me in a great frame of mind. Here is a list of my favorite inspirational Pages on Facebook. You can choose what Facebook can do for you. I find my Facebook time is always uplifting, informative and highly inspirational. Using Social media can also be a great way to connect with other like minded positive people like yourself. I have made some really great friends on social media from all over the world. It has become a part of modern day life that many people cannot go a few minutes without checking their mobile device. Get into the habit of limiting the time you spend using social media. Stop the habit of checking your mobile every few minutes. The mobile is fast becoming the new television of this generation. Don’t fall into this trap. Hours can pass you by while you scan through your social media feed looking for something useful.

Read A Book:

When was the last time that you read a really great book? Do you have a favorite author or type of book that you like to read? Companies like Amazon have made ordering books easy and affordable. Why not invest in a great book on nutrition or exercise that will improve your health. Why not buy a book that will develop your professional skills. Or, why not buy a wonderful book on history so that you can learn more about the world that you live in. Start by reading just 30 minutes every evening, and before you know it, you will be reading one new book every month or perhaps even every week. Reading will help you to improve your vocabulary, improve your professional skills, increase your knowledge and keep your mind sharp.




Taking just a few minutes to mediate every evening can have a really positive effect on your overall well being. Free mobile Apps such as Insight Timer have hundreds of guided meditations that will make this both an easy and fun habit to incorporate into your evening routine. There are many wonderful benefits of meditation. Get into the positive habit of meditating for just 5 minutes every evening to begin with and soon you will be looking forward to this wonderful part of your evening routine. You will feel more relaxed, less stressed, have more clarity and be more creative. It can take a little time and some practice at the beginning, but before you know it, you will start feeling the many positive results that meditation can bring to you.

Use A Journal:

Get into the great habit of using a journal very morning and every evening. Every evening plan the next day. What are your goals for the following day? What tasks are you going to do? What are your thoughts and reflections of the current day? Read your exciting goals for the future. Here is an article on how I use my daily journal.

Spend Quality Time With Someone Close To You:

By taking the time to listen and talk to someone close you is a great way for both of you to de-stress, off load and share your troubles and your achievements. Did you ever hear of the saying “a problem shared is a problem halved.” A great way of building a strong long lasting relationship is to work together as a team and as a real partnership. Also, what better way to spend your evening than with someone that you love and care about.



Get Enough Sleep:

Getting enough sleep and allowing your body to relax and recover from the day before will set you up perfectly for the following day. Waking up feeling well rested and full of energy is a great way to start to any day. Find out how many hours sleep that you need, and get into the habit of getting enough sleep every night. Get out of the habit of watching television in the bedroom. Use table lamps or a light dimmer switch to get your body ready for sleep. I have a Himalayan salt lamp as a table light. The beautiful warm orange glow is both calming and very relaxing. There are also many other wonderful benefits of using a Himalayan salt lamp.




I hope that you will make the decision to be more productive every evening. You will see so many amazing benefits in your life. Take action now, get your gym clothes ready for tomorrow evening, order a book or re-read an old one, download the free Insight Timer meditation App, buy a journal, organize your social media feed and get ready for tomorrow evening.


How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory



How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

When you are trying to improve your overall well-being, it is just as important to focus on your mental fitness as well as your physical fitness. Most people have heard of aerobics. Aerobic exercise is a great way to boost your heart rate and burn a few extra calories while improving your heart health. But, have you ever heard of Neurobics? Neurobics is the science behind brain exercise.

Yes, you can exercise your mind and keep it just as fit as your body. But, it is not like your brain is going to do any jumping jacks or jogging any time soon, right? So, what can you do to keep it fit, and how does exercising your brain actually improve your memory?

Let’s dive a little deeper into how Neurobics actually works, and a few exercises you can try to boost your memory and overall brain health.

What Is Neurobics?

When you break Neurobics down, it stands for neurons + aerobics. Neurobic exercises increase the level of oxygen in your brain and “breathe life” into the neurons.

When those neurons are stronger and more stimulated, it improves your brain health – especially your memory. A good way to visualize how Neurobics actually helps is by picturing a piece of glass being blown into a decorative item. The glass maker has to stretch the piece when it is warm and malleable. But, once it is stretched out, it doesn’t spring back to where was before. It stays permanently in place.

Neurobics work the same way. By taking part in an activity or experience that taxes your brain, you are “stretching” the neurons. Once they are stretched, they don’t return to the shape that they were in before. 

That is the point of Neurobics – to challenge your mind in different ways so that it gets stronger. If you are working out your body, doing the exact same exercise the same way each day, it would eventually cause your results to plateau. You have to switch things up to “confuse” your muscles and get them stronger. Working out your brain is just the same. With that in mind, let’s cover a few easy Neurobics exercises that you can start doing right away.

Change Your Habits

One of the easiest (and yet, most challenging) ways to get started with Neurobics is to step out of your daily comfort zone. Some habits can already be detrimental to your memory, and cutting them out of your life will make a difference.

When you stop old habits, you are actually using Neurobics to challenge your brain into different thinking patterns. Some ideas to consider include:

  • Giving up (or at least cutting down) on television
  • Quitting smoking/drinking alcohol
  • Changing your eating habits
  • Exercising more

When you stop doing some of the things that you have grown comfortable with, you require your brain to stretch, adapt and change. As a result, you will start thinking clearer, become more focused, and remember more things.


How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory


Do Something Different 

Some Neurobic exercises are things that you can do in just a few minutes each day – the equivalent of doing 50 jumping jacks in a five-minute work break. Things like solving a crossword puzzle, writing in a journal or giving yourself a High Five in a mirror can all fire up the neurons in your brain. Even yoga and/or meditation can force you to push away the “cluttered” thoughts that are in your head and require you to focus on one particular thing.


How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory


Neurobic Experiences 

The places you go and the experiences that you jump into can be considered as Neurobic activities. Anything that challenges your mind and causes you to think differently about something is a great way to stretch your brain.

These could include going to a museum, a zoo, a musical performance, or even different cultural festivals. Allowing yourself to be open to new ideas and experiences is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory.


How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory


Long-Lasting Benefits 

Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”

While one of the biggest benefits of Neurobics is improved memory, it is certainly not the only “perk” to this type of mental exercising. Neurobics can also help you to face your fears, live without regrets, and experience a fuller, more meaningful life.

They can give you the courage to take more chances and experience the rewards. They can turn you into a better leader. Most importantly, Neurobics can inspire you by changing the way you see the world around you.

If you are already passionate about your physical health, it could be time to start thinking about your mental fitness, too! Whether you want to improve your memory as you get older or just want to keep your mind as sharp as possible now, trying Neurobics is a great way to “stay in great mental shape”.

Use some of the exercises listed here to get started. You might be surprised by just how quickly your focus and memory will start to improve.

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8 Great Ways To Reward Your Employees



Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

Employee engagement is more than a current trend – it is something that more businesses across the globe are starting to value for plenty of good reasons. When employees feel happy and appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and loyal to your company.

While basic benefits packages are still important, it is now more important than ever to go above and beyond for the people working for you. Not only can great rewards help you to hire the best talent, but they will also make your business environment a positive one where people will actually enjoy coming to work and do their best.

The great part about rewarding your employees is that you can let your creativity shine. Think about practical, functional rewards that your employees will actually use and appreciate. Then, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your ideas.

Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Let’s cover some great ways to reward your employees.

1. Make Your Gratitude Public 

Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the biggest difference. If you really want your employees to feel good, make sure everyone knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.

So, thank them publicly. The next time you have a company meeting or public event, carve out some time to thank people individually. Giving them a few moments of attention in a public setting is a great way to show them how much that you appreciate them. After all, who doesn’t like to be complimented?


Great Ways To Reward Your Employees


2. Give Time Off 

A reward doesn’t have to be something tangible to be valuable. If your employees have been working hard, reward them with some extra time off. It could be a long weekend, a surprise vacation, or even just an afternoon off on a random Tuesday.

If you do decide to reward them with some free time, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the work that they have been doing. That appreciation, along with getting a break from work, can help them to feel more motivated and productive when they return.

3. The Little Things Count 

You don’t need to go overboard with flashy, expensive rewards. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Plus, you will be able to give them more frequently.

Hand out things like gift cards to local coffee shops or movie theaters, or give them something practical like a travel mug or ergonomic desk chair. Small gestures can really mean a lot and your employees will remember and appreciate the gesture.


Great Ways To Reward Your Employees


4. Build Community Through Food 

Everyone has to eat, but not everyone likes spending money on their lunch or bringing a regular sandwich from home.

One of the easiest ways to reward your employees is to have lunch catered in as often as possible. Not only does it show them how much you appreciate their work, but when everyone eats lunch together, it will build a more positive work environment. Your business benefits all around.

You can take things one step further by making your catered lunches a scheduled event, whether you do it once a week, once a month, etc. It gives people something to look forward to and serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation.

5. Subscription Services 

Subscription services have become more popular than ever in recent years. They really grew during the pandemic, when most people started spending more time at home.

Consider signing your employees up for a subscription service you think they would enjoy. Perhaps give them a list of magazines that they can choose from and give them a years subscription for a job well done.

6. Schedule Company-wide Activities 

Host company parties, picnics, and other fun events as often as possible. Everyone deserves to have fun after working hard, and it is another great opportunity for your employees to get closer, a build a better bond. Company activities can also help to prevent burnout in the workplace.

Make sure to include certain events that can include employees’ family members so everyone can join in the fun and your workers don’t have to be away from their loved ones. Family picnics, movie nights, bowling tournaments, or even a catered dinner are all great ways to make sure everyone is involved.


Great Ways To Reward Your Employees


7. Extra Responsibility 

While more responsibilities might not seem like a “reward” at first, it is how you present it to an employee that makes a difference.

When you sit down to talk to an employee about increasing their responsibilities, make sure they know why. Talk about how much you trust them and their ability to make decisions on their own. Let them know their value as a part of the company, and you take their career goals as seriously as they do.

8. Give Them A High Five

Giving someone a high five should not be confined just to sports. You have probably seen the viral videos of a teacher giving their students a high five as they enter the classroom. You can feel the positivity, genuine excitement and the wonderful energy from these videos. Research has shown that the biggest difference in whether or not someone will enjoy their job and be more productive, is not the amount of vacation time or their salary package. It is when someone has a manager who cares, appreciates and trusts them and makes them feel that they matter. The next time someone hits a target, makes a sale or gives great customer service why not give them a well deserved high five and see how it makes them feel.


Great Ways To Reward Your Employees


While your employees might not regularly expect rewards, that is half the fun of giving them. Boosting morale, no matter how big or small your business might be, will make a big difference in how productive your workers are. It will shape the environment of your entire company, and the best part? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to reward people for a job well done. Get creative, get personal, and find unique ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

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