Total Health Includes Your Brain

You have heard: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” and “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”

Well, I would like to share some brain boosting information and activities in the hope that you may find them fun, helpful, and useful.

As we walk into the new age we are being called into action. This means the information we are bringing in must be digested and made useful. We are to put into action that which we know will bring us closer to who we have always been, divine children of a loving Creator.

This loving Creator has given us everything we need to create the life we so desire. We simply have to look within for the treasures, talents and gifts that have been bestowed upon us and bring them into the light of day.

A Well-Stimulated Brain Elevates Your Mood.

A well-stimulated brain elevates your mood, which helps you feel better on the inside. Studies show that if you do not keep your mind active your brain loses some of its functionality as you age which causes memory loss, brain fog and even Alzheimer’s. Who wants that? Not me and probably not you!

1) Reading:

Reading stimulates the brain as it activates your imagination. Look at you, you are already stimulating your brain! Reading helps with memory retention and problem solving, especially if you are reading a mystery. Self-help books, blogs and articles that offer useful healing and transformation information stimulate your brain by helping you to think for yourself, as well as find your own solutions. This helps you feel personally empowered which stimulates inner courage and strength to do things different.

2) Meditation:

Stimulate your brain with meditation. Meditation has been shown to increase your IQ, relieve stress and promotes a higher level of brain functioning. Meditation also stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the area of the brain responsible for advanced thinking ability and performance.

Check out the Benefits of Meditation video for more great ” stimulating” reasons to meditate and make it part of your day:)

3) Exercise:

We all know exercising is great for the body but did you know it is also great for your brain? Exercising helps circulate blood that carries oxygen to your brain. Over the long-term, exercise has been proven to increase brainpower and even create new neurons.

4) Walking:

Walking is a form of exercise and meditation. I am listing it in a category of its own because of its sweet nature. Walking allows you to clear your mind and recognize your own thoughts. With a little practice you can then easily choose what thoughts you want to give your attention to. Walking gives your brain a chance to wander freely and, as a good form of exercise for your body, is easy on your joints. So get outdoors and walk for the fun it and for the love of all you are.

 

5) Writing:

Writing improves memory, stimulates thought processes, and improves thought expression; all of which enhance brain function. Writing articles, blogs, or journal entries connects you with deep inner thought, stretches you to discover new words, broadening your vocabulary and stimulating your imagination. See video on Journal Writing to receive some tips on just how fun, easy and rewarding journal writing can be.

6) Painting or Drawing:

You do not have to be an “artist” to paint just like you do not have to be a “writer” to write.

Attaching to labels like this can often keep us from approaching new things that are, in the long run, very healing, helpful and positively fun. All we really have to do is ~ Do It!  🙂

Painting has been shown to be an effective brain booster in that it sparks the creativity within you. Give it a go* Who knows, that creative spark may take you on a journey that leads you to discover talents you didn’t know you had.

If you take a look at the Energy Art page you can see I am not a trained artist but that doesn’t stop me from playing with paint and bringing a whimsical gift out into the world.

Like painting, drawing stimulates the creative side of your brain. If you do not want to paint, a fun alternative would be to get out some colored pencils or funky ink pens and paper and start boosting your brain power by simply drawing or doodling some fun designs. Remember, no matter what our age, play time is important to our Total Health and Wellness.

7) Pure Fruit Juice and Fish Oil Supplements:

Drinking a serving of pure fruit juice contains nutrients that revitalize and refresh the brain. Juices to drink are pomegranate, blueberry and cranberry as they deliver more focus and energy.

Taking fish oil supplements is literally like a membrane material for the brain. The two primary components in fish oil, DHA and EPA, strengthen the emotional center of the brain and boost focus.

8 ) Sleep and Deep Breathing:

Sleep clears out the brain clutter and reduces brain fog. However, this is not the case when sleep is induced with drugs. We all need natural sleep. If you find it difficult to sleep at night, you could try some chamomile tea before bedtime or play some environment sound or soothing music as you prepare for sleep so your memory and brain function do not suffer.

Deep breathing helps deliver oxygen to your brain. As little as 10-15 minutes of deep breathing daily can increase brain functionality. It also makes us conscious of our breath and brings the present moment into greater focus.

9) Playing Games and Listening to Music:

Examples of games that stimulate the brain are *picture puzzles, *strategy games, *crossword puzzles, *card games, *optical illusions, *visualization puzzles, *deduction games and *card games.

They can be fun to share with friends and family. Playing games together has a bonding effect. However, as you can see, if you want to play some brain boosting games on your own there are several to choose from. What do you see in this picture?

Studies have proven that listening to music strengthens the right hemisphere of the brain and actually changes the structure of it. Choose music that is uplifting, soothing or in some way feels really good to you. Harsh music with debilitating lyrics has a negative effect on the immune system and can make a person feel agitated or even aggressive. So, love yourself enough to choose your music wisely.

Step into your “today” happy and at peace:

See if you can put one of these tips into action. If you already do one or a few of them, add one you haven’t done yet. Share some of these tips with others. As we walk through the fast paced changes in life, having a clear mind and stable emotional body will be a great asset to you, your family and to everyone on planet Earth.

Live Life Whole, Happy and Free!

Why? Because you can ! 🙂

Love, Astara

2 Comments to “Total Health Includes Your Brain”

  1. By Julian Jung, July 8, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    Loving the information on this site, you have done outstanding job on the content .

  2. By Astara Summers, July 9, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Thank-you Julian 🙂

    I am happy to hear you are enjoying the content here.

    wishing you a wonderful day!
    peace
    Astara

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