8 Tips to Help You Reset Your Brain – and Your Body
Your schedule is hectic, you go from work to home and take your job with you, all the way into the bedroom. Every day is ruled by schedules, meetings, and sales pitches; your brain is foggy and constantly tired. You find it hard to think critically, solve problems, or even pay much attention to things; it feels like you’re walking around in a daze and when you do try to relax, you find it hard – sound familiar?
This is because your brain has become conditioned to do these things over a period of time and it’s a physiological phenomenon. As you continue this stress-filled routine, neural pathways in your brain fix themselves and your mind conditions itself to working in this manner. This ability of the brain is called neuroplasticity; it can be defined as the brain’s ability to organize and then reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout your life. In simple terms, the neurons in your brain adjust to compensate for your thoughts and activities.
Today’s fast-paced world demands so much that your neural pathways have been formed to facilitate anxiety, stress, and more work. What you need to do is reset your brain and condition it to do the exact opposite. Our mind can be trained to do anything; it just requires a little bit of perseverance, determination, and time. An added benefit is that your body – which has also suffered from the negative consequences of a hectic lifestyle – also becomes healthier! So here are eight ways you can reset your brain and be more productive, healthy, and happy.
1. Have a definite bedtime.
Sleep is the first thing that goes in the wake of a fast-paced lifestyle and you need to condition yourself to build it back up. The first few times will be hard, but soon, you’ll automatically associate that 10:30 p.m., tick-tock to be your lullaby. No matter what happens, stick to this bedtime until it becomes instinct for you to start drifting off around this hour. That way, you’ll definitely get the sleep you need.
6. Watch what you eat.
A lot of people have sugar and junk addiction and those are not just terms – you are actually fighting a physiologically craving for sugar in some form or the other. Your brain is addicted to it. A brain reset may mean giving up sugar cold turkey for the next few days until you can detox completely. Unlike a drug addiction, it won’t damage your system, but it won’t be easy either. Switch from processed to protein and fiber rich foods; it will help get rid of the sluggish feeling in your body and give you energy instead of calories.
7. Turn off all gadgets at bedtime.
It’s tempting to sleep with your phone or your laptop, but the radiation from them has been proven to have a negative effect on sleep patterns. And there are those annoying pings that you just have to check if you have them next to you. Let work stay at work and relax at home instead. Use a traditional alarm clock instead of your cell phone.
Ultimately, keep in mind that your brain needs rest, relaxation, as well as rejuvenation to be more productive. It’s as much physiology as it is psychology; neuroplasticity dictates that you can condition your mind into anything! Switching to a healthier lifestyle won’t only help your brain, but also your body – by reducing your risks of other chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity – so you’ll be happier and healthier!