Are you going to organise or simplify?

Which one are you currently doing?

By The Stoic Strength Coach 

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Organise or simplify?
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“Aw, I need to get around to sorting that”

“Why is this bathroom always a mess, clean it”

“Are you ever going to organise that drawer of yours?”

Sound familiar?

Organise, sort out, clean up. We use these words when talking about every space we interact with, from living and working to outdoor and storage areas, but how about using the word simplify instead?

“Most organising is nothing more than well-planned hoarding – @TheMinimalists

Maybe if we switch our use of words from ‘organising’ to ‘simplifying’, it may click that we do not need as many items as “we are supposed to have”. Simplifying means removing what we don’t need. So have a little think next time you need to ‘organise’ that kitchen drawer, and ask yourself what is really needed here.

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

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Where can we find stillness?

Stillness is Everywhere

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Where is stillness?
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Steadiness or stillness can be found anywhere, from a simple walk in the park to sitting down with your favourite hot drink. The key to finding this stillness is not in the activity but in the removal of external distractions. Just taking time out and being present in the moment goes a long way.

Just taking time out and being present in the moment goes a long way.

We can find stillness anywhere but are we willing to put time aside and experience it? Many will come back with “I’m too busy, I’ve got this and that to do”, but really it only takes a few minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be a 30-minute meditation or a 1-hour yoga session. 

Start small, 1 minute in bed when you wake up is a good to begin with, start there and slowly build. Try it out.

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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What do you stand for?

What do you stand for in todays world?

Do you stand for Happiness? 

Being able to live in a world with no fear?

Being a hardworking citizen?

For me, I stand for being nice to one another.

I stand for education and constant learning and I believe one should always strive to keep on improving.

Progression, getting better everyday by 1%

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Have you gone walking today?

“It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth” – Nietzsche

Had an argument with your partner?

Tough day at work?

Feeling anxious or nervous about the latest news on COVID?

Go for a walk…get them walking shoes on.

Take advantage while you can and get outside. The key is to get out and go somewhere quiet. Get out of the loud city into the peace and quietClear that head of yours

Simple but effective, and of course, leave that little distraction device behind. 

Food for thought. Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Clear the Mind

Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

Here are a few tips you can implement straight away to declutter, clear the mind and gain some mental clarity.

  • Less consumption (news and social media)
  • More exercise (both cardio and resistance training)
  • Take 5 minutes to sit in silence, zone out and let your mind wander
  • Have a written daily diary to write down all your thoughts (brain dump)

Have you taken time out to clear your mind?

For me personally, I find the following tricks helpful to build the habit of clearing the mind

  • No phone for at least 30 mins before going to bed and within 30 mins of waking up
  • Set the alarm right in the middle of the day to remind me to take my 5 mins zone out
  • Write in my brain dump diary every morning. The key is not to force it and write down what comes into your head. If you notice yourself trying to think of what to say, put the diary down and move on with your day

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

A time to stick or to quit?

For me, at this moment, it is a time to stick. I have a few projects on my plate, so it is best to stick and see them out. At times, people tend to jump ship quickly due to the rapid pace of the current world we live in or not seeing results fast enough. Remember, the journey is yours and no one else’s. Have you thought about quitting for a while now, or have you been exposed to a ‘better idea’. Bear in mind a ‘better idea’ may not be the best choice.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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The Power of Sleep

Everyone knows the importance of sleep and its effect on our health overall. But if we are really honest with ourselves, do we really take on board all the advice we are given? In his fantastic book ‘Why We Sleep’ Matthew Walker explains how not getting our 8 hours a night can have a detrimental effect on our lives.

“The decimation of sleep throughout industrialised nations is having a catastrophic impact,” – Matthew Walker ‘Why We Sleep’

Now I am not going to go all heavy in regards its benefits but I will hopefully point you in the right direction with a few recommendations, which you can implement right away to help improve your sleeping experience.

  1. Turn all your screens onto night mode. This will help reduce the amount of blue light which can negatively affect sleep.
  2. If you are able, I would recommend staying away from all screens for 90 mins before going to sleep.
  3. Blackout the room through the use of black out curtains or wear an eye mask.  
  4. Try to keep caffeine intake early in the day and limit its use after 2pm as coffee has a half-life of 3-5 hours.
  5. You can potentially use lavender essential oil as researchers have found it can aid sleep

This is just a basic insight into the importance of sleep in our lives and feel free to let me know in the comments below your tricks to better sleep.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

Lessons from COVID 2020

It has been a weird time over these last few months, and many people are still trying to get to grips of the reality of COVID 19. But here are a few lessons I have taken away over this particular time.

  • ExerciseEveryone knows how important is it for our physical and mental wellbeing. Just move your body and move it often, it’s that simple (more like a reminder this one)
  • Anxiety is always with us –  No doubt anxiety levels have gradually increased over time, and you will never eliminate anxiety completely, but you can manage it through various activities such as exercise, meditation and artwork.
  • Family/Friends – Your family and friends are what is important and not material objects. Be present and don’t be caught up in all the hype of consumerism.
  • Being ‘connected’scrolling through your social feeds for hours a day is not being ‘connected’. Limiting our screen time and chatting face to face does wonders to our mental health.  A simple phone call matters a lot more than a like to a post.
  • Security – There is no such thing as security in life, things change, and we have to accept that and adapt to be able to move forward. This is the new normal.
  • Time is not unlimited – Don’t waste it, our time here is going faster than you think. Use it wisely. Watching 4 hours a tv a day will mean that by 65 years of age you wasted 9 years of your life.
  • Work – Are you living to work or working to live – food for thought.
  • Pastimes – Get a hobby outside your line of work. Don’t be that work, home, tv, repeat person.
  • Keep learning – Always strive to keep learning. If you are not learning, you are not living – Kevin James Breaux
  • Information overloadYes, there is a thing called having too much of it, turn off the news and the social media consume and get outside, get creative.

Don’t worry, we are all still trying to figure out this thing called life!

“Always strive to keep learning. If you are not learning, you are not living” – Kevin James Breaux

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC