Slow down for recovery
When it comes to recovery, slowing down and fitting certain activities in your schedule is essential for rewiring your brain to fit a different life style. During my 100 hour course of interpersonal neurobiology with Dr. Siegel I was introduced to a healthy mind platter. I did not realized how powerful it was, until I start sharing it with my clients who were working on aftercare.
So, here we go, enjoy Dr.Siegel's healthy mind platter for optimal brain matter. These are
seven, daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being.
When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain's relational circuitry.
When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.