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Mind Chi Chat – a beginning, middle and end!

With social media, the news and snippets of information coming at us, it is no wonder that we do not always
receive the whole story! We may have a beginning snippet and an end – but sometimes no middle! Or pick up a thread in the middle, but where does it fit? What started this off?

Riding your memory rhythms

You have natural times when you can recall information with greater ease.
The two natural peaks are at the start and at the end. This means that there is also a natural dip in the middle. And the further the start and finish are apart, the bigger your dip! For example, you may remember your first love… and probably the most recent… but some of those in the middle??!!

As a new piece of information comes your way, it will be a ‘start’ and accorded importance. Likewise the most recent piece will remain uppermost in your memory.

What about that great dip?

If there is quite some time from start to finish, then although you may be UNDERSTANDING, that is NOT the same as recall. This is why long periods of study do not create good recall for the examination.

Many short bursts of focus and learning, some 30 – 50 minutes maximum, will allow the start and finish to pull the natural memory up.

Your brain has a pattern searching trigger.

So whatever you hear as your first piece of information, your brain looks for other similar incidents and links them together. Then it ‘expects’ the unfolding to be in a certain direction.

And what if there is a ‘left turn’ in the middle?

Ah! Have you been talking to someone, telling them your story, and they interrupt with what they think is going to happen next, but it wasn’t what you were going to say?
Or maybe you were the one listening, thought you knew where the conversation was heading, wondered off in your thoughts for a bit, only to find they were somewhere you didn’t expect! Embarrassing!

An easy route for ‘fake news’!

This helps you to see that even without intent to spread false information, the natural skills of your brain, might cause fake news to be created.

Recently I put these two photos up on social media:

The start of the story…
… and the end of the story!

People were congratulating me on how early my strawberries were this year!

This is what happened in the middle:

The middle of the story…
Stone strawberry!
A plateful, where’s the cream?!

And the question is WHY did I do this?

Anyone know??? I think I will wait for your responses!!
What I will add is that I do feel very slightly bad about it!
Please let me hear from you so we can line this story up!!

Chi and I are standing by on the ready to take your calls and emails! 

Showing how memory and positive success associations link in your brain
Chi & I look forward to seeing / hearing from YOU!!! 

To book a 15 minute Mind Chi Chat with Vanda to explore how Mind Chi might assist you, your group, team or company build resilience and joy! 

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Don't let the stress put a strain on you!

Mind Chi Chat – Happy brain transitions…

TRANSITIONS – the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
How do you respond to that statement? Is it with excitement – ‘Oh goodie, something new??!!’ Or is it with trepidation, ‘Oh no, here we go again, can’t they leave stuff alone?’ Or is it with neutral, open anticipation, ‘What opportunities might this bring?’

Transitions are so very necessary

Transitions are brain friendly and crucial to your positive functioning.

Your brain continues to think about the last thing you focused on, AFTER you have stopped working on it!
This is when it sorts, orders, files, wonders, makes sense of the information, or not.

So you MUST have at least a 5 – 10 minute gap before you start a fresh project, for your brain to serve you best. This is why meetings should be NO more than 45 minutes. Allow for a 15 minute gap – 5 to stand up and have a fluid level adjustment, and allow your brain to do its natural integration; 5 to breathe, chat, send a follow up email, and 5 to start to think about the next meeting.

‘ I am really negative about this 3-day training!’

That was voiced by the boss and seconded by his Senior Leadership Team as the introduction to the 3-day workshop. It now had to lead it over teams as we were unable to get together in person.

NOT the greatest of ways to start. So, what to do? I set about to create a series of very short 1 – 5 minute transitions to take us from one very serious topic to the next. We would all stand up and do some physical activity, that was mostly fun and fast. A couple were calming and re-energising breathing activities.

The stress no longer takes a strain on you

Gotta BEAT this attitude!

After that rather negative introduction, agenda, participation rules I has about 4 minutes to offer an alternative to the palpable negative gloom hanging over everyone. So I went through BEAT!

B – Body…
Some slow breaths in and out with an explosion to eject any negativity, and in breath with calm and optimism. And a quick ‘x-ray’ , To wiggle out any jaw, neck or tummy tensions.

E – Emotions…
I started by acknowledging the validity of their current feelings. Then asking, ‘Is that a help to you? Your colleagues? Your team and it’s success? If not, might you wish to try on some other emotions? Would anticipation, openness, receptivity be more constructive?

A – Actions…
I warned them there would be lots of up and down, so their brains, backs and derrières would be exercised. Would they participate enthusiastically? The more you put in, the more you get out.’

T – Thoughts…
They would all be sharing 6 months of their very hard work. That deserved, respect, and attention. Look for gaps and overlaps. Look for a new thought that may come from having this overview of all sections at the same time.

And so we got down to work. And they did brilliantly! We had short presentations, with opportunities for questions and discussion. Much laughter and deep questions, thoughts and open sharing. Really productive and enjoyable.

Factor transitions into your life

Between work and home; between waking up and getting ready for the day; between eating and the next activity – do them all through your day. Use mini-transitions, acknowledged and appreciated, before you go on to the next thing. Feel the power of T!
Please let me know the differences you experience.

Chi and I are standing by on the ready to take your calls and emails! 

Showing how memory and positive success associations link in your brain
Chi & I look forward to seeing / hearing from YOU!!! 

To book a 15 minute Mind Chi Chat with Vanda to explore how Mind Chi might assist you, your group, team or company build resilience and joy! 

For more wonderful Mind Chi blogs:

Want more resilience for your organisation, here:

Here is a short cartoon about ‘Resilience for Change’