Do These 7 Things To Have A Healthy Mind

Do these 7 things to make better decisions, and be more focused and productive.

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Boxed Breathing

This technique is also called square breathing. Now, I don’t do it every day. Instead, I use it when I feel nervous or overwhelmed like the time I had a Parent-Teacher Meeting at school. I always feel calmer and less stressed afterwards. So, here are the four steps:


Do something creative.

I feel happier, more optimistic, and more accomplished when I do something creative because creativity puts me in a flow state. This is when I’m in the zone and completely absorbed in my task. For example, I get into a flow state when I write because:

Cook a new recipe.

Cooking is therapeutic for me because there’s something repetitive about washing and cutting vegetables, stirring the pot, and washing dishes. And this repetitiveness calms my mind. Plus, it makes me happy if I can share what I cook with other people.

Read a book.

I aim to read at least 10 pages a day. I started this habit because of 75 Hard. I haven’t finished the challenge. The farthest I got was about 30 days. But because of the challenge, I built the habit of reading 10 pages a day of physical books.

Learn a skill.

One of the best ways to keep your brain healthy is to do a new activity that makes you think, learn, and requires ongoing practice. This is why I’m studying for two certifications right now. I’m doing the NASM Nutrition Certification and the Social Media Management Certification on Coursera.

Have downtime.



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Irene Chu

Irene Chu


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