Connect

Nicola - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Brain Awareness Week. Invest in your brain.

The health benefits derived from being emotionally connected to others are phenomenal and improve physical and mental health as well as your brain. Being socially active is a stimulating and rewarding experience but we all need different levels of social connection so it is important to recognise our own needs. For some it may be daily contact, for others in can be much much less. Being alone is not the same as lonely. Lonely is a subjective feeling and has a a significant negative impact on physical and emotional wellbeing.

Day Seven. Get connected. Reach out. Smile. Make time to contact family and/or friends who make you feel good about who you are or share an interest, passion, or past time. Call, email, text, skype or visit. If you are not feeling connected get into your community and talk to someone – at the library, on line, or cafe, or….go for a walk and greet people.

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Brain Awareness Week. Invest in your brain.

 

Pause

Nicola - Saturday, March 17, 2018

Brain Awareness Week. Invest in your brain.

High chronic stress is another brain burden.  Take time to relax – even if you have a lot to do – as pausing will improve your performance. Your brain works best when not overwhelmed by stress. Pausing allows de-stress, shifting thinking processes from being reactive to proactive, allowing time for connections to be made, the development of solutions and an integration of internal and external experiences at a deep level.

Day six.  Make sure you have some down time. Too many of us have forgotten the basic human need to be just be rather than do.  Sit outside, walk in a park, stop in your garden, look at a view, day dream, gaze out a window, simply be in the world. Your brain will function so much better for it.

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Detoxify

Nicola - Friday, March 16, 2018

Brain Awareness Week. Invest in your brain.

Substance misuse is a brain burden. Alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs all reduce brain function and brain health. For example, smoking cigarettes contributes 16% risk to developing dementia, particularly vascular neurocognitive disorder. Alcohol in excess leads to alcohol dementia, now termed neurocognitive disorder substance induced.  Support your brain investment by reducing the harm.

Day Five.  Drink mindfully not mindlessly.  The consumption guidelines are  one standard drink per day for women and two per day for men. Stick to the guidelines this Friday, or go alcohol free and wake to enjoy Saturday. Alcohol free days reduce overall harm of alcohol, allow recovery, and reduce the risk of increased tolerance and alcohol misuse.

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