Mental Health event in yyc

Hola.

Last night I listened to 7 min talks on mental health by eight thinkers including Margaret Trudeau.  (She’s the Prime Minister’s mom!)

It was a well run event by Walrus Magazine. They were serving tenderloin appetizers on toothpicks afterwards at Theater Junction.  Delicious.  I had about 6.

Some golden nuggets from the talks:

  • Having a single friend you see during the week is as good for your health as making an extra $100,000 a year
  • Weak social connections is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day for your health
  •  We should develop brain retirement plans (like RRSP) to prevent dementia. As you grow older, you have a diversified portfolio of stimulating activities.
  • By 2040 150 million worldwide will suffer from dementia.
  • Physical activity three times a week can reduce the risk of dementia by 35%
  • Cognitive bias in our health system and the adverse affects in indigenous people
  • Facts: 1 in 5 Canadians experience some form of mental illness and half a million people aren’t at work due to mental illness

All in all a fun and informative night out for 25 dollars.

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how to make hot cocoa – video

I’ve been a little obsessed with my vitamix machine ever since I bought it about 2 weeks ago. I’ve been making delicious smoothies twice a day with anything I can find my fridge. And I mean freaking EVERYTHING.  Every conceivable vegetable/fruit combination you can imagine.

I haven’t thrown up yet. God bless America.

I decided to make one of my favourite hot beverages of all time last night.  Hot chocolate. Yes this machine is even capable of making hot soups (that’s next!) and hot beverages such as hot cocoa.

Here’s a quick how-to video from last night. Fun times.

check it out:

 

 

Closing all tabs

It’s Friday! What’s shaking?

Closing all tabs on the computer after the day comes to an end is a big mind relief.  Sounds funny even to type this out. It’s the feeling of done.

Same thing with making bed or finishing a book. It’s done. The mind can start anew.  I’m mean if you honestly can’t finish the article THEN throw it on delicious (it bookmarks online articles masterfully) and save it! Bam.  Make some notes in the comment area for the bookmark and refer to that the next day.

Main thing is to eliminate it by end of the day or maximum two days is gonna be my new mantra. Might take awhile to make this feel normal as it’s only been a few days, but definitely gonna try this more. I definitely feel there is huge production gains.

Before I’d keep things open for 3 days thinking it’s something I need to refer to.

But you know what?  Seeing your previous days tabs again in the morning just nags you. So you have to close the tabs.   Because you want to start the next day with a blank canvas.

Try it out.

Ten apps that I’d like to use

What’s up?

I’ve been reading a new book called Idea Machine by Claudia Altucher.  The whole point of the book is write to 10 Ideas every day to make your brain sweat. Get your creative juices flowing. Once done consistently, say after 180 days, you become an Idea Machine.

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Why do you want to be an idea machine? Because ideas are the currency of 21st century. Not money. Money can run out. Good ideas can buy you experiences, etc….

She does a terrific job selling the idea on why writing down ideas are important! It got me pumped and you may wanna consider this exercise too. It’s only 1 dollar on the Kindle.

BTW this book is more of a worksheet than a proper book. And I like that!  And doesn’t necessarily have to be business ideas. It can be ten  ideas about how to practice gratitude in the day.

I liked Day 2 of the idea worksheet. These were my ideas.

List Ten Apps That You’d Like To Use, doesn’t matter that they already exist or not, think of what would be helpful for you in particular:

  1. App Reminder System for your friends/family to return items.

  2. App that changes your ringtone based on the weather. Ie: Thunderstruck by ACDC when a rainy storm hits.

  3. App that gives you flirty text suggestions you can send to girls via text.

  4. App that gives you Indian or Paleo food cooking instructions every day.

  5. App that tells where free parking is in any city.  A sort of Airbnb for parking.

  6. App that give you new clothing suggestions every month for men. Based on whats trendy and links to stores nearby to you.

  7. App for food delivery to your door – one click – sent to your apartment door.

  8. Tinder like app for doing actual fun activities. Matches you with people who play soccer, tennis, run stairs up in Crescent Heights, right here in Calgary. LOL. Why not? Coffee dates are boring.

  9. App that gives you the Top 10 Rok’n’Rol  tracks of the week suggested from Bands you already love. Ie Noel Gallagher writes them out on a daily basis on his blog!

  10.  App that gives you guitar chords after you Shazam the songs to find who it was.  Godsend. What about Ukulele chords?

keeping backups

Recently I’ve been a huge fan of buying duplicates of something.

  • Two Macbook pro chargers (one at work, one in my bag). Same with phone chargers. Extra earphones. It’s funny how reluctant I was to do this.
  • Extra gym shirts. So I don’t wear the same ol sweaty ones over again.
  • Buy more groceries. My freezer is full of meat. I tend to run out of food, so this forces me to make more food at home, instead of visiting Mucho Burrito or some healthy fast food or my weakness – Shawarma – for a meal. Still working on this.
  • Extra Pens in the apartment and in my bag. I do a lot of writing in my notebook. I always lose pens.
  • Extra Floss. Actually been flossing more in past one year and a half, cos it’s always there in my bathroom.

In hindsight, the extra $50 improved my quality of life in a huge way.

I’m curious, what’s one inexpensive purchase you made that improved your life in a BIG way?

(no alcohol) in June experiment. part three

Super Bad news guys.

My streak is over.

I gave up this past Sunday. I was on a double date and they made it a bet that if we lost a game pool to them we had to do shots. And we lost.

22 day streak. Pretty good.

I gotta say it felt great and the longer it went the less I felt I needed to drink.

Clarity of Mind is definitely what I felt. My skin became more clear, fresh looking, more energy on Monday mornings. Nothing too drastic on the weight. I’m sure my insides are thanking me however.

AND as I mentioned before, I still went to bars/pubs, clubs, hung out with friends while they were drinking in my face. They actually got used to my No drinking policy by week 2 and 3 and didn’t bother me as much about it.

What made it easier? As I mentioned before:  Doing it with another friend. We kept texting/snap chatting our glasses of water when at different bars for instance. Some friends pressured me a lot at the bars, but outside of it there was deep admiration for me.

So there was these two extremes.

Anyways great experiment…. I recommend people not doing in June, especially when the World Cup is on!

When was the last time you went without a drink for an extended time?

You can read part one by clicking here and part 2 by clicking here.

(no alcohol) in june. part two

Yo,

Guess what?

Justin and I’ve lasted without drinking alcoholic beverages for 17 days!!

This past weekend was little less tough than previous ones. It’s still weird to be in a bar without drinking. 10 years of programming does that to you. I think for most people my age – June is a top 5 drinking month.

ALSO, I’m a big fan of watching the World Cup action at a bar/pub so that has made it slightly hard at times. Everyones has a beer in hand shouting ‘gooaaal’.  That Messi goal against Bosnia this past Sunday was thing of a beauty.

But somehow we’ve managed to just order more food and drink water/Ice tea. You need to have someone hold you accountable for this kind of challenge .

Because a one man island can’t get it done.   Especially when I have other friends whose mission is to make us abort this whole experiment! Too Bad.

Laterz,

Nishant