How To Keep Stress From Shriveling Your Brain Into A Raisin

We all get stressed out from time to time, right? (My hand is raised.)

But did you know stress can actually shrivel your brain like a California raisin? No joke. Research shows that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function, and not in a good way.

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Specifically, making you more prone to anxiety and depression while making it harder for you to focus, learn and remember new things. Serious stuff.

If you’re like me and want your brain to stay plump and healthy, today’s MarieTV is a must watch. Because let’s face it, stress happens. That part is largely out of our control.

But what we can control is how we respond.

That’s why it’s vital to have a simple toolkit to not only get out of stress mode more quickly, but also save our brains from unnecessary and dangerous shrinkage.

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Feel Like You Should Be Further Ahead By Now? Do This, Pronto.

“What’s wrong with me? This is nuts. I should be so much further ahead by now.”

Do you ever get caught up in this truly shitastic thought loop? Here’s how it goes.

Based on your age, the ultimate vision you have for your life and the non-stop work you’re putting in, you can’t help but feel behind. Like, desperately behind.

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You look around at friends and colleagues. Yup, 100% confirmed. Pretty much everyone is leaving you in the dust.

The proof? They’re getting the exact kind of gigs you’d hoped for. Making the kinds of things you’ve been meaning to make. Essentially living your dream life — just better, faster and first.

If you ever feel like you’re always in last place, today’s episode of MarieTV is for you. You’ll learn a simple way to rescue yourself from this toxic emotional vortex we all seem to slip into.

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What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magic

Doesn’t matter what you might be dreaming of.

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush…

Today’s show is an absolute must watch.

It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life. And our tour guide is none other than the legendary Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Here’s just a sampling of the gems you’re about to discover:

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  • The unconventional (and very specific) thing to say and do when fear tries to stop you from taking inspired risks
  • The contract Liz made with her creativity long ago and why it’s made all the difference
  • Why you shouldn’t try to “help” anyone with your art and what to focus on instead
  • The vital distinction between originality and authenticity and how to manage “it’s all been done before” syndrome
  • How to know whether or not you’re on the right creative path

Plus, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Liz speak (tens of millions have watched her Ted Talks and I’ve had the honor of seeing her move a stadium full of folks to tears), pay extra attention around the 25 minute mark.

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The 4-Minute Method To Massive Productivity

I can’t help it.

I’m obsessed with finding methods that help me get more done, in less time and with less stress.

Partly, because my brain just doesn’t quit. It’s like a 4-year old who just ate 3 brownies.

There are soooo many things I want to create, see, learn, read, watch, and experience — that if I don’t give myself daily support and structure, I’d spontaneously combust.

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The other reason is my ever-changing schedule. Between travel, shooting and the constant ebb and flow of life — there’s no “typical” day.

And, let’s be honest. As much as my inner good-girl dreams of having a set, uber-productive schedule (Snoozing by 11pm, meditating by 7am Marie!)…

My inner real-girl needs her chance to dance in the sunshine too. “Wait — what time is it. 1am? Of course we can watch another episode of Orange is The New Black!”

On today’s MarieTV, learn one of my most simple productivity habits for making sure I get the right things done everyday — no matter how wacky my schedule is.

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Why You Lost Your Business Passion — And How To Get It Back

Almost all deeply meaningful creative endeavors goes through a similar journey.

You start out on fire. You’re high on passion and possibilities. You could not be more jazzed about your new _________  (business, job, relationship, workout regimen, spiritual practice, life philosophy, eating habit, etc.)

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This is that thing you’ve been waiting for. That life-changing pivot point that’s going to change e-v-e-r-y-thing. From the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow, you’re obsessed with your new “love.”

But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track. Suddenly, everything that was going so great has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.

Your energy tanks. Doubt creeps in. You can’t help but think…

“Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.”

Sound familiar?

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