Brain-Care

The answer to the question Why do I need to supplement my diet with fish-oil? is To improve my cardiovascular health.

That seems like reason enough. Inconceivable to me is the thought of people not taking their Omega-3s, and yet there are billions who don’t. So if you are one of those billions, or you need a push in the right direction, there is more news: people with diets high in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to have brain shrinkage.

Okay, so my brain will shrink less, what does that mean? It means that you are keeping a precursor to Alzheimers at bay. Research tells us that brain shrinkage can help predict the onset of Alzheimers years in advance. Two new studies show positive association between fish-oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking.

I am not an expert. But it seems to me that if there’s a decent enough chance of keeping my brain volume (and therefore cognitive function) higher for longer, I’d be crazy not to take it. (Small brain-based joke there.)

Why not eat fish to get our O-3s? Yes, go right ahead. You will be eating around seven servings of cod or two of salmon every day. Sick of your high-fish diet? Well then, the other problem is that farm-raised fish are lower in O-3s than wild fish, and you will also be loading up on all kinds of contaminants that – sadly – fish contain thesedays. Supplements in the form of capsules or liquids are safer and more efficient.

I know, you are not convinced. 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg of pure, natural, cold-water fish-oil each day is not worth the hassle. I get it. But mine comes in a package every month, and I just took today’s does with my morning coffee.

It’s that easy.

Pitch

When, in 1984, I was offered the job of my dreams, it wasn’t because the job found me. That job was the quarry and I was the hunter.

No, it’s not that stark; life’s more subtle than that. Try this:

I was the adman, and I pitched myself to the business. I was a one-man marketing strategy motivated to join that company and be on the inside.

My strategy worked because I figured out what they wanted and how they wanted it presented. The timing was a matter of luck.

Big moments in life often turn around a pitch. It’s best to get good at them.

 

Busy, Busy

Sometimes we need a break. For my generation the model for this is Ferris Bueller. Ferris’s famous day off is the cinematic confection that fuels many a bored worker’s daydream. It helps that he gets the car, the girl and away with it.

This week I decided to take off from the grind of the current job. It wasn’t that I was particularly tired or feeling in need of a mental health time out; I am no more exhausted or crazy than normal. Now it’s Friday and I look back, I see that the week has been relatively productive. Oh, and I got an amazing amount of sleep too.

A couple of levels of logic were working in my head. I tidied up a lot of stuff around my apartment. From the closet I tossed out – donated – lots of clothes. In the bedroom I audited some furniture, books and bedding. In the kitchen I cleaned from top to bottom, emptied and cleaned every cupboard and eradicated every speck of dust.

Cleaning is always cathartic, as well as being satisfying. What it also allows me to do is to prove to myself yet again how effective my company’s products, and how good they smell.

Which brings me to the most important reason for my week off. I wanted to pull the circuit-breaker on my workaday life and create time to think about moving on. What’s my next move? How can I escape the neo-slavery of the current job? By using my intelligence, how can I maximize my time over the next weeks and months?

For the most part I answered these questions. Importantly, I have the confidence to act. That’s invaluable.