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Want a stress resilient brain?

The relationships between our thoughts, our biology, the world around us and our health and wellbeing are complex.

But keeping your brain healthy and happy so that it’s more capable of dealing with everyday stress triggers doesn’t have to be difficult.

Neuroscience has provided a great deal of insights into what it takes to build a brain that is capable of dealing effectively with pressure and adversity.

So if you want a more stress resilient brain, here are 4 steps that you can take straight away:

Prioritise sleep. Sleep deprivation (like the one you might have after a late night celebrating the win of the #lionesses in the #euro2022 🥳), impacts on your ability to think clearly, solve problems and recall information. So make sure that you get an early night tonight

Move. Being physically active increases blood flow to the brain and brings fresh oxygen to your brain cells. Maybe take a quick walk around the block when you’re done watching my video? Just 10 minutes can make a real difference to your wellbeing

Find your moments of calm. Get your diary out for this week. Identify a daily time block of 15 minutes. Book the slot for me-time. Meditate, practice mindfulness or self-hypnosis (if you need something pre-recorded, make sure to check out my online self-hypnosis programme). Alternatively, simply take a nap (see point 1 above). The brain needs down-time. Make it happen

Challenge your brain by learning something new. If your work isn’t intellectually stimulating and pushes you out of your cognitive comfort zone, the time has come for you to take up a new hobby. Tai Chi is an excellent activity which calms you, helps you to focus and gets you out of the house to meet new people if you go to your local sports or community centre. Try it. Your brain will thank you for it

Here’s an easy Tai Chi programme that I found on YouTube

What do you think?

Are you willing to give it a go?

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