What is your ‘R’ to getting mentally fit?
Wow, we’re at the end of Term 3 and hands up if you, your children, family members, or your friends are a little fried.
Athletes have long know that recovery is the single most important part of any training or exercise program. R-ecovery allows for improved performance, permits time for our body to heal itself in preparation for the next training load, and decreases the risk of potential injury.
Taking a moment to put this into context of our brain health, r-ecovery is critical for preparing for future mental demands and to safeguard again psychological injuries.
This fortnight we are going to consciously employ some of the brain r-ecovery techniques outlines below. By all means join us or explore some of the following activity suggestions.
You could take a R-oad trip, R-ide a R-oller coaster, go R-oller skating, catch a R-iver boat, listen to your favourite R-ock band, R-ead a book or stroll through a R-ainforest.
Considering the holidays are upon us, here’s some cool kids’ activities starting with R.
This fortnight’s article: recovery strategies and restorative techniques
This article offers some respite from the demands we have all experienced this quarter.
When you are stretched or fatigued due to work, family life, or personal commitments your empathy, creativity, and productivity levels are negatively impacted. In turn, this depletes your energy, resilience, wellbeing, and performance. As a result, your ability to cope, perceive, and regulate becomes impaired, causing you to become more reactive to the environment around you.
By exploring effective ways to identify the causes and signs of fatigue, and how to mindfully counteract the associated feelings, will allow you to skilfully enjoy a far more harmonious life.
Brady Wilson explores the question: What if you could energize your brain? below where he discusses the chemistry of connection and motivation.
3 Strategies or techniques that can HELP your brain recover?
Considering that emotion drives feeling, which drives expression, we need to learn to read the neurological signals in an open, reflective, and agile state of mind. The recovery strategies and restorative techniques offered can be viewed as short-term inconveniences that result in long term mental fitness effects.
Your social norm – make recovery breaks your social norm – they are not “nice to haves” but “have to haves”. Do not feel like you are letting others down, or not working as hard because you take a break.
Learn how to tune into the signals that you are in need of a break, recognize and reward your courage when you listen to what your body or brain is telling you, and make space for recovery rather than pushing on mindlessly.
Improving your sleep habits
- Get sunlight during the day.
- Maintain regular sleeping times (eg: 9:30pm – 6:30am).
- Relax for an hour before going to bed.
- Do not spend too long in bed.
- Naps during the afternoon/evening will negatively affect your nightly sleep.
Creating positive social connections – Human beings are inherently social creatures, therefore:
- Immerse yourself in the Arts (galleries, theatre, concerts etc) – as this will offer you an intellectually stimulating environment.
- Physical activity – whether social or as part of a structured club, any form of interactive, physical activity with other people positively promotes social connection.
- Undertake a course of study – whether face-to-face or online, joining a group of people with common interests is ideal for effortlessly developing social connections.
- Community volunteering (local area clean-up, forest regeneration, sporting events, homeless shelter) – an ideal platform to promote not only social connections but also positive happiness.
Laura Berrera-Hernández describes connectedness to nature as, “being aware of the interrelation and dependence between ourselves and nature, appreciating all of the nuances of nature, and feeling a part of it“.
Her research identified a significant correlation between connectedness to nature, sustainable behaviours, and happiness. Try this activity:
- During your workday, or if you are feeling a little flat at home, go for a 5-20-minute walk in nature with your mobile phone. Take three close-up shots of what you identify as ‘beauty’ and send your favourite image to a friend or family member.
This activity has been reliably proven to increase the cognitive functioning of the brain (micro-burst), which is an ideal recovery strategy.
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