Is your mind tired? Do you feel overwhelmed?
Dr. David Rock, Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work says we are now facing “an epidemic of overwhelm” … we are living in a “time when too many people’s mental well-being is being stretched through multi-tasking, fragmented attention and information overload.”
But there are 7 activities to refresh your mind and help it function at it’s very best. To help others move towards optimal mental health, Dr. Rock and a colleague, Dr. Dan Siegel, created the Healthy Mind Platter.
“These seven activities make up the full set of ‘mental nutrients’ that your brain needs to function at it’s best. By engaging regularly in each of these servings, you enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities, which strengthens your brain’s internal connections and your connections with other people” (Dr. David Rock).
Homeostasis is an internal equilibrium which releases health and soundness. Consider the Old Testament word shalom. Among other things, it means an inner peace and well-being which releases the full faculties and potential of the human being.
Here they are … the 7 activities of the Healthy Mind Platter:
- Focus time. When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
- Play time. When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, which helps make new connections in the brain.
- Connecting time. When we connect with other people, ideally in person, richly activating the brain’s social circuitry.
- Physical time. When we move our bodies, aerobically if possible, which strengthens the brain in many ways.
- Time in. When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, helping to better integrate the brain.
- Down time. When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, which helps our brain recharge.
- Sleep time. When we give the brain the rest it needs to consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.
As we create opportunities to experience these essential mental activities, we start moving towards the mental well-being we desire.
As the Scriptures say, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Reflect on what benefits can flow in your life and those you are connected with as you refresh your mind.
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