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Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Resilience | 0 comments



Nurture a Healthy Brain #3

The way to an UN-healthy brain is easy. Don’t do anything. Worry, stew, and allow your brain to aimlessly repeat low energy thoughts. Procrastinate on everything. No exercise, no projects, no relationships, no challenges.

So, one of the easiest answers to a healthy brain is this: DO.

Do something about the one thing that is worrying you the most. Take action. Even a very small step can bring a sense of hope and refreshment. If you have trouble with procrastination, read one of my recent blog entries on De-crastination.

Do some sort of exercise. A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.

Do engage in a meaningful project, relationship, or challenge. Connect, befriend, serve, help, contribute.

According to Dr. Michael Merzenich, “Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body–you either use it or you lose it. You utilize the gym to stimulate the growth of muscle cells, just as you use a brain fitness program to increase connections in your brain. But you can actually get an additional brain boost by donning your sneakers and hitting the gym. The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioral level. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.”

Bottom line for nurturing a healthy brain? Do. Do the next right thing. Allot 5-15 minutes to make something happen.

You can do it!

Worth Repeating

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

-Dale Carnegie