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This website covers everything you need to know about Mindfulness, Exercise, Diet, and Sleep. These four areas have consistently been shown to have the greatest impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. Prioritizing and improving them is simply the most effective way to create consequential change in your life. Let Medsiri answer your questions and guide the way.
The premise of this site is simple. For true, lasting change you have to build a strong foundation. “Band-aid solutions” and fad diets might get you results in the short term, but they rarely last. Instead, we want to start off with the very basic, but also most important areas that are within our control—the foundation that influences every other action we make. Without optimizing these fundamentals, all other personal growth and development you wish to pursue will be put in a precarious position, prone to collapse at any moment.
That foundation is based on the four areas that impact your life the most. They are The Four Pillars — practicing Mindfulness, regular Exercise, a nutritious Diet, and consistent Sleep.
Scientific literature has consistently shown that individually, each one has the power to help you think more clearly and make better decisions; to fend off illness and make you healthier; to increase confidence and give you more energy; to alleviate depression and increase motivation. Optimized together, they become a powerful force that can transform your life.
Prioritizing and continually developing these four areas of your life is simply the best, most efficient way to create positive, cascading changes that have the greatest impact on you.
Unfortunately, the sheer amount of information out there has made it complicated and overwhelming to know exactly where to begin when one wants to start making changes to their lifestyle. The short-term goal of this site is to make it as easy as possible to get you started, as that is the most difficult barrier. The long-term goal is to make sure you stay on track, not for the next week, or even a month, but for the rest of your life.
This site aims to be more than just a curated directory of the most useful content on the internet— it also provides much needed guidance to see you through to your goals.
It's time to stop letting life pass you by and start taking control. Stop dwelling on regrets and start giving your life more meaning. The tools and information you need to make change are waiting for you. Now it's your turn to take the next step.
“In a year from now, you'll wish you started today.”
― Karen Lamb
If you want to:
Have better, more genuine relationships
Experience more daily joy
Get more meaning out of life
Accomplish your goals
First build a strong foundation.
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“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius
What is mindfulness?
"Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future." (source)
Meditation is a common way to practice mindfulness and the words are sometimes used interchangeably (or as mindfulness meditation).
Practiced consistently "mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression, and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily. Other studies have shown that regular meditators see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in the hospital. Memory improves, creativity increases and reaction times become faster." (source)
This important paper goes more in-depth on mindfulness, meditation, and their importance in mental health.
The most useful resources on Mindfulness and Meditation
The Best Youtube Channels and Videos on Mindfulness and Meditation
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” ― Hippocrates
How much would something that does the following be worth to you?
“Persistent improvements in certain cognitive functions, healthy alterations in gene expression in the brain, and beneficial forms of neuroplasticity and behavioral plasticity; some of the long-term effects include: increased neuron growth, increased neurological activity, improved stress coping, enhanced cognitive control of behavior, improved declarative, spatial, and working memory, and structural and functional improvements in brain structures and pathways associated with cognitive control and memory; important implications for improving academic performance in children and college students, improving adult productivity, preserving cognitive function in old age, preventing or treating certain neurological disorders; a potent antidepressant and euphoriant resulting in improved mood and self-esteem, and improving overall quality of life.” (source)
For many, something with such a sweeping list of benefits would be absolutely priceless. Well, for 30 minutes of your time a day, you can have it. And that time can even be entertaining. No side effects either, although many people who have tried it reported looking much better and receiving more compliments.
We now know that the benefits of physical exercise are not just limited to your musculoskeletal system. Essentially every major biological system in your body, from your immune system to your circulatory system, is affected positively by regular physical activity. And affected above all is that most precious organ of all—the brain.
Here’s the deal: we must stop just imagining exercise as something we need to do to lose weight, and start viewing it at as something we need to do to gain access to the full potential of our mind, resulting in a longer, healthier, and happier life. When we start viewing it in that perspective and internalize that sentiment, it just might be easier to get yourself to add more physical activity to your life.
The most useful resources on Exercise and Fitness.
The Best Books on Exercise and Fitness
Is losing weight your main priority?
Losing weight is mostly about managing your diet. While exercise is vitally important (and can help you maintain a healthy weight), substantial weight loss will only come with long-term dietary changes. Most people vastly overestimate the calories they burn when they exercise and underestimate the calories in the food they eat. For instance, eating three Oreo cookies (210 calories total), which would at most give you only two minutes of pleasure, can wipe out the energy expended in a 40-minute jog, which is usually much harder to do for people who are overweight. So start below with diet to lose weight, and complement it with exercise to have a healthy mind and body. (source) (source)
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ― Virginia Woolf
Having a hard time eating healthier? Poor sleep habits might be to blame.
Numerous studies have shown the link between improper sleep and poor dietary choices. Not only does sleep deprivation interfere with "hunger and satiety hormones crucial to regulating appetite" but since it also affects impulse control, you are bound to have less self-control when deciding what to eat. You have probably already unintentionally tested this if you've ever had a late night out with some heavy drinking (which absolutely impairs healthy sleep despite knocking you out). The next day you will likely be craving some real comfort food, like pizza. (source)
Unfortunately, it goes the other way too―poor food choices can lead to improper sleep. People who are overweight are even more at risk, as that can lead to sleep apnea. This can all lead to a cruel cycle where it becomes harder and harder to have real control over your eating and sleeping habits. (source)
Why is so much dietary advice contradictory? I just want simple answers!
The simple answer to this is that nutrition studies on humans are notoriously hard to do and control for (there are too many confounding variables). Also, different populations and individuals respond to various diets in unique ways. Therefore it becomes notably hard to give one size fits all dietary advice. Add in the special interest groups and food industry funding their own studies and the waters get even more muddied. With the number of bad nutritional studies out there, one could make a seemingly sound argument for almost any type of diet (the latest egregious example of this is What The Health on Netflix).
That doesn't mean we have to disregard the science, it's just that we have to be especially diligent when it comes to assessing these studies. Well designed scientific studies still have a lot to say and can point us in the right direction when it comes to our food choices. What I have tried to do on this site—using the latest nutritional studies and expert advice—is give you the most important information you need to have in order to make the best food choices possible. I have done my best to provide general guidelines, necessary information, and cut through most of the bad dietary advice.
I will also encourage you to experiment and try different things, because the real truth is, our genetics largely determine how we react to different food, and being mindful of what you eat and how it makes you feel is very important.
Dietary advice is most effective when it considers your specific circumstances (age, weight, lifestyle, etc). Some people also need structure and like to be told exactly what steps to follow. Those that do may benefit greatly from the Guidance section of the site which takes exactly that into account.
The most useful resources on Diet and Nutrition.
The Best Youtube Channels and Videos on Diet, Nutrition, and Cooking Healthy
The Best Books on Diet, Nutrition, and Cooking Healthy
Everything you need to know about Learning Effectively, all in one place.
Technology is changing the world faster than our minds can adapt. If you want to stay ahead of the curve and achieve your goals, knowing the best practices when it comes to learning and critical thinking are vitally important. Whether you are a student just trying to pass your exams or an artist who now wants expand your skill set and learn how to code, there are hundreds of amazing resources out there that can teach you how to efficiently consume and apply knowledge in the most productive way.
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“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway
You might be sleep deprived and not even know it.
If you are getting less than 7.5-8 hours of sleep regularly, you might be chronically sleep deprived. And if you are chronically sleep deprived, it becomes easy to chalk up the bad days to a variety of other factors, mainly because it’s hard to gauge the true negative consequences that lack of sleep is having on your own mind. Too many people end up attributing their bad, unproductive days to other variables.
Take the conclusions of this UPENN study for example:
“Since chronic restriction of sleep to 6 h or less per night produced cognitive performance deficits equivalent to up to 2 nights of total sleep deprivation, it appears that even relatively moderate sleep restriction can seriously impair waking neurobehavioral functions in healthy adults. Sleepiness ratings suggest that subjects were largely unaware of these increasing cognitive deficits, which may explain why the impact of chronic sleep restriction on waking cognitive functions is often assumed to be benign.” (source)
Let me make the conclusions of this study very clear because it is so important: chronic sleep deprivation—in this case, 6 hours of sleep or less a night—causes you to perform at an equivalent level as someone who has not slept for two days straight! And the scariest part is that you might not even realize it. That type of drastic cognitive decline should alarm anyone who wants to perform at a peak mental state but is not prioritizing their sleeping habits.
If you are not used to sleeping for 7.5-8 hours a night, see what happens when you try and prioritize it. If you have sleep issues, like insomnia, or life circumstances, like children, the effort required will be harder, but this website aims to provide the best information to help you get the rest you deserve.
The most useful resources on Sleep Health
Five Small Changes You Can Make Today to Start Sleeping Better Tonight
Best Youtube Channels and Videos that will Help You get a Good Night's Sleep
The Best Books on Sleep Health (and some great fiction picks to read before bedtime)
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