5 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Number 5 - Manage It
5 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Manage It
Transform Your Brain & Your Life
Use the brain power boosters in a way that makes most sense for you in your life. Which tips or ideas would be the easiest for you to try? Which would make the biggest, fastest difference to you? Try those first.
Control stress and anxiety through correct breathing and daily relaxation exercises.
Chronic stress causes a surplus of adrenalin in your brain and body. Adrenalin suppresses the immune system, so long-term overproduction of adrenalin causes serious illness.
Chronic anxiety causes toxic thinking which leads to depression.
When you are stressed, your body goes into the “fight, flight or freeze” response. This means decreased focus and increased frustration, impatience, resentment and sadness.
Cultivate an optimistic life outlook. Dr Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology, and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Centre. Through his extensive research he has found that optimistic people are more likely to be physically and mentally healthy, live longer and feel content and happy than their pessimistic friends.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 4 times a week. Exercise is a fantastic way to de-stress as well as keep fit and healthy. It increases blood flow and therefore oxygenation of the brain, which helps to build new dendritic connections between neurons. Exercise is also known to boost endorphin secretion, which promotes feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Studies have shown that positive thinking causes measurable, physiological changes to the brain – from the release of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins to actual changes in dendritic connections. Find a method that works for you – affirmations, relaxation techniques, yoga, mindfulness meditation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, etc. and use it daily.