Stamina with peace of mind…
Being responsible for the energy you bring into the gym can be tough when you wear your emotions on your face. I’ve been told the majority of the time I’m “on”. So when I’m not “on”, all it takes is Captain Obvious to point it out. The community here is one of a kind and it’s that empathy and support that brings us that common bond. The responsibility we take in caring for ourselves is where we can attain a little more peace. We should feel comfortable to let our defences down, but to discard self care will set us up for that epic “drop off”.
Knowing we only use about 5% of our brains makes understanding nuero-science about 95% “borderline”. So here are some essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well being:
Focus Time. When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time. When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
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.
Physical Time. When we move our bodies, especially aerobically, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In. When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
Down Time. When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Take time over the next few weeks to identify where you could spend more time. If this is too simple, then YOU don’t get the basics.