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How to train your brain

Do you know how to train your brain? Actually train it so you can achieve more and reach your full potential? No us neither.

So, as part of our #WellGood challenge with KBC we’re encouraging you to learn from Gerry Hussey how best to harness the power of the brain.

Gerry talks about how we can actually train our brain. He shares little things that we can build into our daily routines that will help us to achieve a better function of the brain and also challenge our brain to think and act in new ways.

The Myth of Multitasking

Multitasking is useful and sometimes an essential ability as we navigate busy days – it should be something we can do but only when we need.

In order to perform at our best we must be able to sustain a high level of energised focus and emotional presence to one important task without distraction. When we do this, we find that there is far more richness and depth in our conversations and our actions.

Helpful tips on how to create the ideal inner mindset

Environment

By being a bit more aware and a little more planned, we can transform the spaces we spend lots of our time in to spaces that will affirm, energise, calm and relax. For example, we spend approximately a third of our life in bed or our bedroom. It therefore needs to be a great place of calm that will add to our happiness. Afterall a bedroom is about physically and emotionally recharging.

Routines

Routines shift our mental focus and emotional state, they can include changes in our physical and environmental space. For each part of our day we can have very simple but powerful routines that keep us focused, listening to and looking at the things allowing us perform the right task, at the right time in the right way.

Our wake up routine is the key to a great day – how many of you check an email or message before making it out of bed? This shifts your cognitive wakening too fast. Consider getting an alarm clock that doesn’t have all your stressful emails, deadlines and calendars on it – the benefits will be worth it. Work on being present when eating your meals – this will impact your ability to taste, absorb and digest. Sleep – do you take the time to prepare your body and mind for sleep? A great way to do this is keep a journal, spend a little time writing the highs of the day, take note of your daily gratitude list. You control your mind – learn to prepare it for sleep. Deep sleep is not something we fall into, it’s something we arrive at.

Emotional Loading

Our bodies are equipped with a very powerful, autonomic nervous system that does lots of important functions without us having to consciously think about them. One of its primary functions is to keep us safe and alive; a consequence of this is that its constantly assessing the environment around us and more importantly our reactions and thoughts about that environment. A stressful environment can initiate our Flight or Fight response – initially making us alert and excited. This response can see alert and excitement quickly turn into panic and anxiety which negatively affects our decision making process. By being connected to our environments, both mentally and emotionally present we can learn to be in control of the environments and situations of our daily lives which in turn will allow us to perform to the best of our ability.

Want to join in?

If you missed the last few days it’s not too late to join in. Check out all the info here.

Take part for a chance to win

Tag us in your journey following the programme using #WellGood on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for a chance to win tickets to WellFest 2018 in association with KBC.
We have two pairs of weekend tickets to give away each week! The two winners will be selected at random out of those using #WellGood on social media. What’s more, all those that follow the programme will be able to claim €5 off a weekend ticket to WellFest 2018.
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