Often, our workloads focus on building a brain that retains high volumes of data, but not a brain that can think critically, get out of status-quo mentality, and figure out new pathways and solutions. It is not about how much knowledge capacity you have, but how you use what you know to solve new problems […]
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Press Pause for Success Working on your daily tasks without taking breaks to reflect on actions hinders productivity and can often increase stress. While it seems counterintuitive to slow down in order to increase mental energy, try it; it works. Give complex decisions and projects the time, reflection and attention they need.
Psych Central: From positive memories to emotions and improved health A new U.K. study highlights the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to cultivate positive emotions. Researchers from the University of Liverpool investigated individuals’ emotional reactions to a guided mental imagery task focusing on positive social memory called the “social Broad Minded Affective Coping […]
Seek a Broader Perspective The next time you watch a thrilling movie or listen to an innovative discussion, try to zoom out and seek a broader perspective. Imagine zooming out to a helicopter view in order to consider all of the different pieces of information including disparate viewpoints. Consolidate facts and opinions to create big […]
One Task at a Time Chronic multitasking can exhaust your mind, increase stress and even lead to early mental decline. Your brain is not designed to do more than one thing at a time. Frequently switching between tasks can overload the brain and make you less efficient. Instead of getting overwhelmed and trying to multitask […]
Prepare Your Mind to Focus People have often practiced meditation for many reasons – improving self awareness, relaxation, and in some cases, to train the mind not to wander from one thought to the next. A recent study from researchers at the University of California, Davis found that practicing meditation could improve an individual’s focus while reading.
Give your brain permission to unwind A recent Psych Central article, provides three tips for relaxing after a very hectic day: Wrap up your day Take five minutes to capture any loose ends on to-do lists and calendars. This can help reassure your brain that it does not need to keep scanning or stay alert […]
Conserve Your Brain Power Don’t overuse your brain. Select strategic tasks that help you advance through your day so that you avoid becoming overwhelmed. Your brain thrives when challenged to think deeply, but constant mental work squelches creativity and efficiency.
Spring Forward: Good for Your Body and Your Brain As you spring your clocks forward, think about ways to spring forward into action with exercise. Experts recommend that cardiovascular exercise take place for at least 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week. This is great for your body and your brain. Specifically, physical exercise can help […]
Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an individual sustains an injury to the head and internal brain damage results. The damage may be restricted to a small specific area of the brain or may be more serious and involve more comprehensive harm. Depending on the size and location of the injury, cognitive […]