While I don’t make new year resolutions, it is a time that I’m inclined to make change. I cull my wardrobe, experiment with hair, cash in my gold coin tin, unsubscribe from boring emails,update my face-book profile and think about goals. The goals are always the same, and I don’t usually achieve them, to be honest. However, some time in the past 12 months, I think my brain at least, has renewed. I haven’t been hospitalised, so I don’t know how it happened, but there has been a change in the way it thinks.
Whilst this new brain has NOT formed a working link to the “where did I leave my keys” neural pathway it has come up with some unusual solutions to achieving the same goals I think about each year.
- I want to trim down a little.
This is the same thing, every year, and the old brain comes up with the same mental response. “Make healthier choices, walk 5 times a week, have smaller servings, blah blah blah”.
The new brain came up with this one.
“While you boiling the kettle for a cup of tea, run on the spot, as hard and fast as you can!”
Nothing more; no talk of replacing chocolate with rice crackers (thank heavens) just “while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, run on the spot as fast as you can”.
I want to tell you, this feels really good! I get nicely puffed 3 or 4 times a day, it takes about 2 minutes, I don’t dress for it, or pay for it, and I feel good afterwards. I haven’t noticed any kilo’s disappearing, but I live in hope.
- I want to stress less at my job.
We all say it, don’t we? “Relax more, stress less, let the little things go, etc …” It never works though. My stress trigger is emails I receive from a newly created department that…….. well, anyway, enough to say that I react with angst when I read them, and my response can reflect this angst!! Old brain, old reaction.
New brain says this.
You will open your inbox of a morning, read your email then walk away before you compose a response to anything.
Let me be clear to you, this REALLY works. I mean, it really really does! I read my emails at the same time each day, just before I leave my desk for another task. This gives me time to move on from the angry “stupid” to the laughing “they can’t be serious surely” and I can compose an appropriate response. What’s more, since I’ve had this brain-shift, I get less emails. Amazing, really.
- My first world dilemma -Too many clothes, nothing nice to wear.
You know the feeling. “What have I got to wear.. oh look- a shirt for every day of the week, and 4 more besides , but nothing looks nice on.” And look! this many (lots of) shoes. I’ll wear my house-shoes again.”
Old brain -So much stuff here, and yet you still feel you haven’t got enough. You selfish, greedy, ungrateful person, you.
New brain- Appreciate what you have. You will not buy any new clothes for a year (except underwear). I am really enjoying the challenge of accesorising to make the same clothes look different, and I’m already seeing the positive results of this in my bank balance, (although my yarn purchases are making up for this!) This is a hard one, but I feel it will make the biggest difference to me.
So I’m not sure when the brain swap happened, but I could learn to like the new one. I’ve just got to train it to remember where I put the car keys.
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