Imagine changing your way of life by improving the function of your brain. Mind & body expert and bestselling author, Deepak Chopra, claims we can do just that in an article I read recently on the CNN website. Apparently, we can make our brains work better simply by thinking we can improve them and the best way for us to relate to our brain is to ‘inspire it’.
The ways Chopra suggests improving brain function are also important aspects of living better despite chronic illness & pain that I coach my clients. The brain is a powerful muscle requiring exercise and a bit of TLC for best results. By changing how we think of ourselves, new adventures and opportunities await.
Below is an abbreviated list on how you can inspire your brain to work better:
- Manage stress
- Avoid dull routines
- Do something creative everyday
- Read something inspirational everyday
- Take time daily to relax, meditate, self-reflect
- Deal with negative emotions such as anxiety and anger
- Love and Be loved – it’s a worthwhile risk
- Take some time to notice and appreciate nature daily
- Follow a personal vision – how do you want to live your life?
- Participate in at least one activity that fulfills
- Get involved in a cause that is bigger than you.
The article continues with thoughts in your brain that you should ignore. Not surprisingly, the thoughts to ignore are: passivity such as letting life take care of itself; inflexibility in daily routines and opinions; and allowing feelings of stress, anger or anxiety get the best of you.
For many of us, inspiring our brain may seem like an overwhelming task. But with encouragement and patience, I believe everyone can do it. I also think it especially important for sufferers of chronic illness to work on inspiring their brain, for it is through these activities that living better becomes possible.
Chopra’s CNN article can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/health/chopra-better-brain/index.html?hpt=hp_bn12
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