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We all have a certain level of fear, this is a normal, I need to get away from this situation that is bad
As we age there are toxins that collect in the neurons. These brain toxins are called Tau Proteins and Beta-Amyloid Plaques. These gummy things can be increased by stress (I need to find a nursing home now), alcohol and lack of sleep (quality and quantity).
However, to counter-act this the brain uses a system that we call neuroplasticity. What neuroplasticity can do is work with neurogenesis. This means that the brain can create new brain cells. This happens rapidly in babies and children. The adult brain has this happen in the hippocampus, which is in charge of memories.
Here are a few of the things that we can do to get this wonderful brain of ours up and running in the best manner possible.
Get your heart rate up. Do this in areas that are not polluted. Pollution can create neural decline.
Increase your social interaction. We are social beings that need others. If you can get into an exercise with someone where you have to increase your hand to eye activity then you are getting a nice increase in your brain pathways and structure. This helps to have a better thinking process. Ping pong anyone?
Watch your eating patterns. Intermittent fasting creates neurogenesis, which improves cognitive function and brain structure. What to do? Watch your refined sugar intake. One time a month water fast for a day. Reduce your calorie intake by 50 to 60 percent two days a week, do this for a couple of months.
Find two days a week that are non-consecutive and reduce your calories by 20 percent, do this 3 or 4 times a year.
Eat only between 8 am and 8 pm or 12 noon to 8 pm.
Sleeping is the time that the brain uses to detox. A lack of sleep can impact your I.Q. Find a meditative or relaxing video on you tube if getting to sleep is your problem. Aim for 7 to 9 hours a night. If you like to nap then dig in.
LENS is like drano for the brain. It helps it to detox and work better.
. The research is showing us that multitasking is actually the wrong way to go. We have became so dependent on emails, cell phones, and other electronic devices that our overworked brain is actually getting rewired and not in a good way.
The researchers at the University of Michigan have found that when we multitask we are actually forcing the brain to refocus each time that we bounce from the email to our phone and run into the telephone pole because we where somewhere else. This can cause a reduction in productivity by 40 percent. And it also reduces the quality of our work.
The researchers at the University of Stanford have also found that your brain rewires with multitasking, which can cause fractured thinking, lacks of concentration and brain fatigue.
Here are a few ideas to help you with your stress and multitasking situations.
Don't let email and text pings interrupt a task.
Delegate tasks, so that you have more time to focus on one thing at a time.
Slow down the pace.
Prioritize tasks and just do one thing at a time. Keep it simple, the brain likes that.
Find ways to be in the present moment. Breathing, sitting, all help.
Saunter to tasks and just do one at a time. Talk to others around you.
Learn to let go with walking and meditation or what ever you like to do.
LENS neurofeedback can help to calm down the brain to help you be more focused.
We have so many obligations these days. We have multiple areas that we need to delegate our time too. Here are some ideas to help you trim off the excess that we tend to acquire.
One time saver is to ask questions. So your on a new job and the boss hands you something that makes no sense. Do I look foolish and ask more questions or do I forge on. Many times asking for clarification can help with the issue and save time. Ask for others expertise with a problem and they will be happy to comply. If you act like you already know the solution when you don't, then you create a barrier to gaining a better relationship. Children always ask questions, what prevents you from doing the same.
Have you been in a relationship that just keeps getting worse? Do you keep trying or have you given up. When is the best time to exit? Is this a bump in the road, or is the pattern so ingrained that you can't get around it? We don't like rejection, and we don't like to do it to others. We want to be liked and will keep going back into the situation to find a level of self-esteem. What if this is just a bad match of being similar to another human being? Step back and take a look at all angles including your own.
We are all good at dwelling on our old mistakes and shortcomings. What if we just allow ourselves to fail As Albert Einstein stated, "Failure is success in progress". I was once in a position of trying to please a person that was in charge of my life with my education. I was very dedicated to making my way through this experience. No matter what I did, I could not please this person that was in charge of my life. I had to find another way out. So I did. I have came to a place in my life where I will work with myself to find my fault in any situation and try to not react with the amygdala. If that doesn't work then I move on. I will at times express my anger, in a short boundary setting way. Goodbye!
This is getting too long.
I hope to see you at LENS soon to get your brain up and running well. It helps with keeping this life of ours calm and centered.
Here are some suggestions for helping someone that is struggling with mental health problems.
One of the best things to do is to listen. Listen deeply, with your whole self. If you don't know how to respond, just listen. Do not tell stories of your struggles or offer advice. They have probably already considered many options. The person that is talking is offering you some of themselves. They trust you to be there for them. Just do that, LISTEN.
Follow their lead. If they feel like joking around, then do that. If the conversation is deep and dark try to follow. If the conversation is too much of the dark stuff, step out of the conversation and take care of yourself. If the person is talking about hurting themselves or others, find some help.
Many times when people are stuck in grief, they have a hard time reaching out to others. Offer them some specific actions. Say you will meet them for coffee on a certain day. Or that you will meet them for food or take out. This offer is good since the person that is struggling doesn't want to ask for too much or too often.
Offer them LENS neurofeedback. It can help the brain to calm down and work at it's best.
In 2014 a man by the name of John Cryan from the University of Cork in Ireland came to a conference to talk to some neuroscientists. He is not a neuroscientist, and his information was not well received. He had found a link to the microbiome in the body that affected the brain, which can lead to a change in behavior and disease conditions. However, some of the researchers decided that they would stick their neck out and see what this was all about. There is know research being done on the microbiome in relationship to Alzheimer"s, Parkinson's, depression, schizophrenia, autism and other conditions. Most of the studies, so far, have focused on mice. These mice are raised in a germ free condition. They are introduced to the general bacteria or other influence that creates these disorders. They study how the mice then interact to their environment. They are able to study the connects of some of the brain parts and how this affects the other brain areas and so affects the body. The amygdala, which is the brain processing area for emotions is connected to many of these conditions. It is interesting to find this type of research, however how do the emotions factor into all of these conditions?
LENS neurofeedback can help the brain to work in a better, calmer manner.
What is Rumination? We can all do this about some thing or another. It is thinking about something over and over, it is when the mind grabs on to something and keeps mulling it over and over. This usually creates a non-ending cycle of lack of benefit or real purpose. It is exhausting and stressful, a waste of time. Ruminating thoughts are about problematic or upsetting things. Your brain is in problem solving mode. This is normal and can help to get us into problem solving mode and solve life's dilemmas. However, if this system keeps going on and on, it can lead to problems. This is one of the biggest predictors of anxiety and depression and OCD.
So what is the answer? When we keep ignoring the problems, the whole system will keep on getting louder. So how about stepping back and using some introspection. This is exploring something consciously. Learning to self-distance, step back and view yourself and your problem objectively. Research has found that when you do look at your problem from another perspective you become better at being calm and detached. Try to visualize that you are an observer of yourself and your dilemma. One other technique is to use your name and not the pronoun "I".
LENS neurofeedback can help you to balance out your brainwaves to become more centered when the stress sets in.
Have you ever wanted to do it, hit someone, ram their car, say things that You Thought were to hard to keep in? I have! Here is some information about the brain (my new love story) and that reactionary part of it.
We have ingrained in our brain (amygdala) the "eye for an eye" reactionary process. Yes that idiot cut in front of me and I want to track him down. It's not fair what that person did or said to me. Our amygdala is trained to go into Socking "Em Mode. It's just a part of us that works in this way. This can create systemic turmoil. Because the amygdala is activated, this means that we are ready for a threat of attack. What happens when this is activated? We don't sleep, there is non-stop rumination, irritability, hyper-arousal, and distractability that often keeps us from functioning our best. As Confucius said, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves"
So how do we get past this influence? It takes a behavioral step of finding a personally gratifying and socially constructive. So let's Show 'Em instead of sock 'em. As the Buddha spoke to this conflicted emotion, "Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.". But how about If we learn to turn the other cheek and build something meaningful, to ourselves and others.
Scientists at the Centre for Human Brain Health used brain decoding techniques to understand how the brain retracts memories. The researchers were able to track when the persons brain was retrieving a memory and when in time a unique memory is being reactivated in the brain. An example would be retrieving a visual object. The brain focuses on the core meaning and then recalls the details. However, when the brain first encounters an object it picks out the visual details and then comes the information about the object. To add to the mix, our memories are also reconstructed and biased representations of what we already know and see. So the memory becomes clouded the more that we try to retrieve it. The outcome of some of these studies will help with eye witnesses in court. How people with PTSD remember a situation. There is still much to be learned about this fabulous brain of ours.
LENS neurofeedback helps with the function of the brain. It helps to improve the areas that have become inflexible. Give it a try.
Hello, I am a psychotherapist that has been trained in the art of neurofeedback. This science helps to heal the brain of trauma. I am dedicated to helping people heal.