Strengthen Your Brain

The following guideline is taken from Dr. Daniel Siegel's The Healthy Mind Platter.

Dr. Siegel shows 7 key daily activities that help strengthen your brain.

His research shows that these should be taken as seriously for your long-term health and well-being as your diet and nutrition.

1. Focus Time -­ When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-­oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.

2. Play Time -­ When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.

3. Connecting time -­ 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.

4. Physical Time -­ When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.

5. Time In -­ When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.

6. Down Time -­ When we are non-­‐focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.

7. Sleep Time -­ When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

As we are about to enter the new year, why not make it a resolution to try and apply these 7 techniques as a daily habit to give your brain the best year ever in 2013 and beyond.