Monday, August 15, 2011

The Healthy Brain Platter

One of the ways you can get the most out of your neurofeedback training is by giving your brain the kinds of activity and food it needs.

Dan Goleman and Dan Siegel's Healthy Brain Platter is discussed in a Harvard Business Review post by David Rock, Maintain Your Mental Well-Being.

Keeping your brain healthy means giving it time spent in several different ways. Here's what the article says is on The Healthy Brain Platter.
The seven essential mental activities are:
Focus Time. When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time. When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, which helps make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time. When we connect with other people, ideally in person, richly activating the brain's social circuitry.
Physical Time. When we move our bodies, aerobically if possible, which strengthens the brain in many ways.
Time In. When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, helping to better integrate the brain.
Down Time. When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, which helps our brain recharge.
Sleep Time. When we give the brain the rest it needs to consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.
If you'd also like to know more about foods to eat to nourish your brain, read Foods Your Brain Will Thank You For.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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