Prepare Your Brain for Change
This Tuesday's Reading "Prepare Your Brain for Change", is a short video by Margaret Moore. Moore is CEO of the Wellcoaches Corporation, an organization that trains and supports professional health and wellness coaches.
Moore notes that a tired and stressed out brain hates change. Change means learning, something new, creating new connections that lead to a new neural network. And, this doesn't go well if the brain isn't ready. Too often our work lives make it hard for our brain to learn - demands of our jobs and our unhealthy sleeping and eating habits.
Moore suggests four steps to ready our brain for change:
Improve key habits and give your brain the biological assets it needs - brains produce nerve growth factors when you exercise. And, sleep plus a good diet enable consolidation of learning.
Exercise your brain. Try new ideas and perceptions by practicing cognitive agility to build brain flexibility improving access to your working memory.
Take a break. Your brain tires quickly - at least every hour, get up, do something that changes your pace before returning to the task you are working on.
Let your mind wander. When the going gets rough, summon a positive thought. While negative emotions impure thinking, memory, creativity, and strategic perspective, positive emotions improve capabilities in all these areas. (The setting sun, a majestic water fall, soaring mountains are all positive images iIgo to.)
Consider finding a time this week to evaluate how you're prepared for change. Maybe, some change in your practices is called for.
Have a great week. . . . jim