Brain Hacks to Boost Motivation and Overcome the Sadness of Working from Home

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Brain Hacks to Boost Motivation and Overcome the Sadness of Working from Home
Brain Hacks to Boost Motivation and Overcome the Sadness of Working from Home

With the number of days we spend locked up or just working from home (when we prefer to be in the office), it continues with no clear end in sight, which was the novelty for some of us To work from home It has clearly passed and our days feel more like “rinse and repeat”.

When a routine seems monotonous, we often feel a lack of motivation. And when our motivation drops, so does our productivity.

Physical intelligence can help. Right now, literally hundreds of chemicals (hormones and neurotransmitters) run through each of our bodies in our bloodstream and nervous systems. Some of these chemicals have household names like cortisol, adrenaline, and testosterone. These chemicals largely determine how we think, feel, speak, and behave, but most of us are primarily at the mercy of these chemicals, experiencing thoughts, reactions, and emotions without realizing that we can actively handle them.

Physical intelligence is the ability to strategically discern and manipulate the balance of certain key chemicals so we can achieve more, cause less stress, and live and work happier.

Physical intelligence techniques have been used for decades, many of which come from the world of sports and the arts, and all of which are supported by neuroscience. There are hundreds of physical intelligence techniques: breathing, moving, thinking (e.g. visualizing) and interacting that are easy to integrate into our daily lives.

There are four elements of physical intelligence: Power, Flexibility, resilience and resistanceeach of which is important for motivation and productivity in different ways.


It is time to generate positive answers and look for your center. Photo: kike vega via Unsplash.

When we feel positive about something or someone, we have an “up” response in which dopamine (our pleasure and reward chemical) rises and cortisol (our stress chemical) stabilizes at optimal levels. We feel rewarded, which leads us to become more involved, do more, and be more in the situation. When we feel disappointed, demoralized, unmotivated, angry, or unhappy about something, we have a “no show” response, a primary threat response in which cortisol rises and dopamine falls. We don’t feel rewarded for the situation, so we instinctively withdraw or resist it.

The decline in motivation many people experience when faced with the boring or perhaps worrying routine of work is a classic “absent-minded response”. If we can recognize situations, demands, and expectations for what they are: triggers for our primary threats (away) or primary rewards (towards), we can be less reactive and more constructive. When we work with or lead (or even raise children) a team and know what people need to feel fully engaged, we can speak and act in a way that attracts people and has the chemistry of an “opposite” man creates and promotes an answer, whether we work together in an office or connect via video conference.

In order to manage our answer back and forth and create an environment that actively creates a “towards the answers” we need Power: inner strength, confidence, determination, the ability to defend ourselves and to act and think wisely and decisively without threatening or feeling threatened others, to be positively assertive, independent, cunning and highly productive and able to be to increase our performance. The following strength techniques form a foundation to prepare yourself to recognize and respond to answers, and to create the best mindset in all of our teams:

  • Ground connection: How you feel empowered, confident, and tolerant is greatly influenced by your attitude. Fixed posture You can feel stronger, more present, more alert and more comfortable at the same time. Standing firmness strengthens the chemistry of high testosterone and low cortisol and supports our dopamine function so that we can focus and coordinate our physical and mental energies to achieve and gain. To “land” yourself, feel the weight of your body on the floor or chair, grounded instead of “tense”. Continue to breathe quickly and release tension throughout your body. Put your center of gravity where you need it (move your body forward to the side and back to find the sweet spot). Breathe below your navel (up to your center of gravity) and concentrate. Repeat three times: balance, breath, focus.
  • Rhythmic Breathing: As you read, become aware of your breathing. Is it fast or slow, shallow or deep? Many people hold their breath while thinking, breathe quickly while writing emails, and breathe very shallowly during business meetings, preparing dinner, or watching TV. Life affects breathing in unforeseen ways to the detriment of our cognitive function, emotional stability … and our productivity. With rhythmic breathing we can stimulate our brain and stabilize our emotions. It releases the chemical acetylcholine, which counteracts adrenaline and enables us to feel mentally / emotionally stable and secure and to cope with situations with clarity, balance and control.
  • Ideally, spend more than 10 minutes a day breathing diaphragmatically, counting continuously (through your nose) and (through your mouth) outwards. The inner and outer counts can be different. Discover convenient counts for you. A study of South African bankers found that after 21 days of rapid breathing on complex decision-making tasks, they achieved an average 62% improvement in cognitive skills, while bad breath caused delays and delays in making important decisions. Meditation is a great way to incorporate rhythmic breathing into your daily life.


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Lack of motivation can also be the result of a decrease in inspiration, especially when we follow the same old routine and become distracted by insecurity and worry. To increase inspiration, we need to improve our ability to be creative and innovative, as well as our ability to think differently (essential to creativity and innovation). These techniques are a good place to start:

  • Physical inflexibility leads to mental inflexibility. When you relax the tension in your body, your mind becomes free. Scan your body daily to identify and then treat areas where you are under tension.
  • It goes off even if it’s just around the house. Research shows that walking we’re 45% more likely to have an innovative idea than sitting, even if we’re on a treadmill.
  • Change your focus Looking at something that we find beautiful in art or nature also creates creativity.
  • With teams, build cultures based on trust and novelty while encouraging risk-taking. Maintain a positive attitude by evaluating people’s contributions so that they continue to delve deep into the collective thinking. Encourage employees to make clear plans to implement new ideas that the team has agreed on.

Innovation is especially important today as companies work to implement creative solutions in response to the unique challenges and opportunities that the pandemic has created.

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