The brain and the human body do not function in isolation from each other; instead, they are operating like a symphony which produces the behavioral consonance of life. Therefore, keeping the body in shape and following a health regimen can increase brain health.
Here are some counseling recommendations and techniques that will keep our brain to its fullest potential:
Be Conscious Of Your Health
It is vital for us to gain control of our health and to understand that we are primarily responsible for taking care of our body and keeping it in shape. The moment we get to establish our role in managing our health, the importance of a close and trusting relationship with our healthcare providers becomes more meaningful. According to Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. a Clinical Health Psychologist, “Investing in your health now can pay dividends for the rest of your life.”
Subjects concerning a person’s health should be openly discussed with a physician and with the healthcare team to organize a plan for illness prevention and health promotion. Physical examinations on a regular basis are required. It is also wise to follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
Relax In The Goodness of Silence
Society’s rapid evolution often leaves us overwhelmed and stressed with very little room to relax and process what’s happening. To benefit more from daily encounters, a person’s brain needs a sufficient amount of time, and uninterrupted silence to handle and process all information that was learned and experienced. If we don’t allow our body to slow down, it will eventually malfunction and will become a threat to our well-being. Give your body and mind the opportunity to recuperate by freeing yourself from responsibilities or obligations even for a day. “So if you’re ever feeling brave enough to get an honest look at who you are and who you could be, try a silent retreat. It could be a wild ride,” suggests Kimberly Russell M.A., M.S.Ed.
Create An Exercise Routine
Though many would not consider the thought of doing exercise for whatever reason, creating an exercise routine is highly beneficial for the brain. Exercise that is done regularly not only reduces the risk of having neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, but it also enhances mental and physical functions.
Anxiety and depression are also prevented because workouts can stimulate the release of happy hormones. Brain health, quality of sleep, energy levels, and an overall sense of well-being are all improved by engaging yourself in exercise.
Cultivate Strong Relationships And Connections
A person’s ability to efficiently interact with other people is essential in preserving or cultivating healthy relationships. Isolation can cause health issues. Research demonstrates the necessity of having a constant stream of social networks to reduce the possibility of developing dementia. Consistent development and sustainment of new relationships enhance health-promoting behaviors such as stress reduction and effective emotional expression.
Furthermore, new friends and people can share information, experiences, emotions, wisdom, trust, and challenges that you have never encountered or known. Stronger connections with people offer the much-needed motivation that one needs to power through.
Always Find Meaning In Everything
Your life must be driven by a strong desire to find purpose in anything and everything you do. Finding meaning in life is one of the leading contributors to longevity. Being determined enough to be actively involved in whatever life brings is significant in yearning for healthy well-being. Positivity can take you further and higher. In fact, a psychologist at Stanford, Emma Seppälä, PhD, pointed out, “If you want to be happier and more successful in life, it’s important to fight the brain’s natural tendency to focus on the negative. Instead, try looking at the world through a positive, self-compassionate mindset.”
It is our primary responsibility to continuously discover, hone, and nurture these different roles to relate it to the purpose and meaning of life. Developing multiple interests and skills during your lifespan, no matter the age is necessary for keeping your brain fully-functional and in superb condition.
For a healthier and happier disposition, people must let go of the things and attitudes that destroy them from the outside and the inside. If you don’t want to end up in an office, in front of your psychiatrist, there are vices or bad habits that you should start quitting before your mind and body go bonkers.
It’s never untimely to let go of a vice and aim for a healthier and happier life. What are some of the bad habits that you need to say goodbye to?
Increased Alcohol Consumption
Too much of something can be detrimental to your health and alcohol is definitely on top of that list. In small doses and only on certain occasions, alcohol is actually good for the body; however, if consumed increasingly and on a daily basis, alcohol becomes the poison that destroys your body one glass at a time. Consuming more than three drinks on a regular basis can cause a high risk for the following physical and mental conditions:
- Liver damage
- High blood pressure
- Cancers involving mouth and liver
- Heart disease
- Memory loss
Sedative And Painkiller Abuse
Habitual, long-term use of sedatives and painkillers can cause more health problems than they resolve. Taking in medications like aspirin and ibuprofen for muscle pain may increase your risk of developing GI bleeding, heart attack, and ulcers.
Sleeping pills and drugs that calm the senses can cause confusion and make people prone to falling or stumbling, especially in high doses. Furthermore, the feel-good effects of sedatives and pain medications are highly addictive, that if not ceased will cause a cascade of psychiatric illnesses.
Investing Too Much Time On Negativity
A negative environment begets an adverse reaction; therefore, pessimism should be out of the equation. “If you want to be happier and more successful in life, it’s important to fight the brain’s natural tendency to focus on the negative. Instead, try looking at the world through a positive, self-compassionate mindset,” says psychologist at Stanford, Emma Seppälä, PhD. However, there are certain aspects of one’s life wherein negativity is always present – from your co-workers, boss, relatives, friends, and partner.
In cases where you just can’t take them out of your life for specific valid reasons, you can limit or lessen your exposure to them in such a way that their toxicity will not be passed down to you. People who are always problematic will suck the positive energy out of you and make you feel down. Long-term exposure to such negativity increases one’s likelihood of depression.
Having A Sedentary Lifestyle
Are you too lazy to do anything? Are you just satisfied spending precious time in front of the TV? According to psychiatrists, this is a bad habit that can immensely impact a person’s mental health. Exerting psychological and physical effort with activities like exercise or working on your hobby lowers depression and anxiety while uplifting your mood. By being physically active, you are triggering your brain to release serotonin and endorphins that effectively alleviate depressive symptoms. “Take a walk, see a comedy, go out with a friend,” suggests Karen Gasper, PhD. “These breaks may help you feel better and see your work in a new light.”
As much as we hate to admit, we love sleeping late. According to a study made by Binghamton University, people who go to bed late have encountered repetitive and chronic negative thinking the entire day, which is commonly linked to depression. On the other hand, those who did go to bed early were seen to have fewer episodes of pessimism. “We’re in a different biochemical state when we’re dreaming, and that’s why I think dreams can be so helpful anytime we’re stuck in our usual mode of thinking,” psychologist Deidre Barrett, PhD.
Quitting the abovementioned bad habits that can affect one’s mental health in the long run and can result in psychiatric intervention is challenging but possible. For as long as you have decided against your bad habits, positive ones will come rushing in.
(Battlefield Between Intuition And Logic)
Our mind is a battlefield, and each day there is a perpetual battle going on inside each one of us, a continuous war between our logic and intuition.
Many businessmen often say they created their business from nothing, that they were able to build an empire from the ground up.
Passion fuels them to push forward and makes the impossible possible. For them, the ideas they believe in are worth investing their time and energy on, so that those visions will not just remain visions but realities. According to Dr. Priyanka Kalra, a Psychiatrist and Director at Global Child Wellness Center, “one major cause of burnout at work or even in studies is people being made to pursue what they are not passionate about.”
Your passion defines you because it is a part of yourself. It is you. That is why it has to be in harmony with everything in your life.
Ideas Can Bear Fruits Only If You Work On Them
Put out those seeds of ideas, scatter them into the fertile soil placed under the sun, and when the seedlings start to sprout, continue watering and nurturing them with love and care and watch them grow into something unimaginable.
Put your passion into action, your dream into reality and success will be in harmony with all aspects of your life.
Unless you do something about that firing passion within you, that seed will remain a seed, and may eventually rot and will be gone along with your dreams and your happiness. “In other words, your willingness to take risks may vary across different areas of your life, but it will always be affected by the underlying general factor of risk preference.” said Dr. Renato Frey from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.
Take That Leap Of Faith
Be honest with yourself and open your mind to all possibilities. Nothing in this world is sure, and it’s not always safe. You will never know where your passion can take you unless you lift a step and cut those deck of cards.
Never let fear or desire cripple your dreams.
Learn from the life-changing lessons shared by the most successful people who just followed their passion.
Everybody Deserves To Be Successful
Change your mindset from “I’m not good” to “I’m best at what I love to do,” “I don’t deserve it” to “I can earn it.” Stop procrastinating and making excuses. That’s one ridiculous thing you can do to yourself, denying yourself the chance to be happy by not following your passion. “If you are overly narrow and committed to one area, that could prevent you from developing interests and expertise that you need to do that bridging work,” says Gregory Walton.
Surround Yourself With People Who Will Encourage You And Help You Take The Path
Be with people who are positive. Do not think of them as your rivals, but know that you can build each other through encouragement and offer one another support to reach each of your goals. Be with people who can help you develop and enrich your network, people who help each other step up the ladder to achieve greater things.
Overcome Obstacles By Focusing On Your Strength
There will always be obstacles, and you’re not the only one experiencing difficulties. Don’t forget that there may be some people who have much worse situations and troubles than you do, but they were able to surpass them with flying colors. Move forward to your goals focusing on what you have in front of you, your strength and all other assets you have.
Nothing Is Impossible, And You Can Make Anything Happen
Nothing can beat commitment and determination combined with a good idea. Every successful business magnate has his own stories on how they became successful. Success is not something they earned overnight, and their stories are all interesting. Those stories inspire people who also want to make the realization of dreams possible for them.
Let Go Of That Wrong Belief System
Many people have not considered pursuing their dreams because of fear – fear of what others might say, fear of failure, fear of losing everything. Get rid of that mindset, because it will get you nowhere but be stuck in that comfort zone of yours forever. If you keep on thinking what others might say, you let them win, and you fail yourself by becoming the loser.
Getting out of your comfort zone, following your passion, and taking the risk are what make life exciting. When you’re out there in the unfamiliar space, when you feel lost, that is when your brain becomes active. That is when you will become creative. Beat your own procrastination and start pumping that enthusiasm to reaching your goal with encouragement and inspiration.
Following your passion is one of the secret roads to success.