Call it the zone, the flow or beast mode… it’s when we do our best work and achieve our peak performance. Millennials have managed to un-manage the work day by filling it with Starbucks, Spotify and stress relievers; and have rendered life a non-stop self-development phase. In order to stay in the zone, let’s take a look at some scientific techniques proven to up your brainwave activity, while at work.
Put a few of these tips into action and turn your good day into a great one.
First, listen to high frequency music
Napoleon Hill, the author of Think & Grow Rich, states that music is the second most potent source of energy. Music is so powerful that his has the ability to shift your mentality in a matter of seconds. The key to achieving the optimal level of brainwave activity is to relax and calm your mind.
"Weightless", a song created by an English musical trio - Marconi Union - in collaboration with sound therapists, is said to result in an impressive 65 percept reduction in the listener’s anxiety.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, this one song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date. Music that calibrates on a higher frequency has proven to give you a good brain work out and also reduces blood pressure, causes the release of dopamine and even improves cell function (RNA & DNA).
As fly as the latest Jay-Z album (4:44) is, maybe try swapping out some high frequency brainwave music in those ear buds instead; it may get you in the zone a bit quicker.
Second, relax your muscles
There are ways to get around hiring a personal masseuse and/or begging your HR department to hire one for you. Personal message devices are the perfect substitute for the real thing, while still providing the same benefits such as muscle tension relief and stress reduction.
According to a review by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, massage is able to lower the body's level of cortisol, a stress hormone, by as much as 53 percent. We all know where this is leading… less stress hormones plus higher feel-good hormones = the zone!
If you’re looking for the ultimate in personal relaxation, check out the InstaShiatsu Seat Back Massager with Heat. This advanced massager fits easily into any standard desk chair. Convert your office into a revitalizing relaxation space and maximize your productivity.
Third, get in sync
While this does not include extracting your Lance Bass posters or CD’s from the attic, it does involve decreasing your distractions.
While working on the design of the pendulum clock in 1656, Dutch scientist Christian Huygens found that if he placed two unsynchronized clocks side by side on a wall, they would slowly synchronize to each other. In fact, the synchronization was so precise not even mechanical intervention could calibrate them more accurately.
Like two synchronized clocks side-by-side, both hemispheres of your brain can do this too, but only if it’s presented with an environment without interruption. If the rhythm in your brain becomes fast and consistent enough, it responds by synchronizing its own electric cycles, known as brainwaves. The higher your brainwave activity, the faster you flow. I know it is easier said than done but try putting your social media on silent and ignoring your co-workers gossip for at least an hour, or two, or three!
You’ll sync up in no time.
Julie Fink | Guest Writer