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Pillar no 2. is Exercise

In Night at the Museum Robin Williams states that ‘the secret to happiness is physical exercise” There are now plenty of studies which have found connections between feelings of well being and movement. This doesn’t make it always easy to do. The answer very much is to follow our ‘gradual infusion change.’

Also, think of it as movement, not just exercise. There are 3 types of movement: general activity (i.e. not sitting down!) moderate exercise and intense exercise. Start by choosing just one to increase. Or maybe start by recording how many hours in a day you sit down for: it may be a shock!

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Pillar no. 1 of brain health is sleep

Sleep is crucial to our well being. Sometimes we blame our lack of mental acuity, our irritability, our tears, our lack of energy and motivation and our plain old gloom on other things when really sleep is the issue.

There are a lot of ways to improve your sleep, here are just some:

1) Movement is one of the most important aspect affecting sleep. Think of it as 3 types: general activity, moderate exercise and intense exercise. Try and increase one of these next week. We feel you can do this yourself but do ask if you have any questions.

2) When this change has become part of your routine, your next change could be screen time. This should be limited in the evening, find something else to do instead, especially in the last 2 hours before bed.

Your phone screen gives more blue light than the television so be aware of this.
3)Perhaps the next change could be a bedtime ritual. A going to sleep ritual helps prepare your mind for sleep. A beauty or pampering ritual is relaxing and can include aromas that calm the mind and induce drowsiness.
4) A further change is to avoid stimulants from 4.00pm onward -have decaffeinated tea and coffee after this time.
5) If you are feeling particularly in need of inducing drowsiness try a night time drink that does this.
6) Magnesium gel or spray is thought to induce drowsiness when used at night.
7) Try to empty your mind when in bed, you can do this by practising meditation or mindfulness during the day. Alternatively stretch your whole body and slowly release it thinking about each part of your body as you relax it.

Wisdence

wisdencewisdence wisdence wisdence wisdence wisdence wisdence wisdence wisdence Wisdence is the much needed study combining wisdom and science. “Wisdom is is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight”. Different people have different ‘wisdom’, depending on their experience and the connective style of their neural networks. Insight is the crucial part of wisdom. The concepts of experience storage, enhanced senses, subliminal thought and intuition are all needed to really explain insight. The working memory of the human brain is limited. The brain is constantly taking in information that is processed without awareness. Considering the number of pathways for sight information to travel, and be processed (6), helps understand how we cannot be aware of all incoming information. Senses are underrated. There are 5 or 21 or 35? The debate continues. Imagine you take all this information, along with one person’s life experience, and put it into a computer to compile, compare and process. What do you have? Wisdence.

Now imagine you add scientific research and data …what do you have? Still wisdence! Hmmm, am I saying that wisdom trumps science. I think maybe it does, and I’m a scientist!

 

A new way of looking

Imagine you are looking through a magnifying glass, you can see one small part of the world really clearly but not much of it. Step back, change the magnifying glass for a pair of green glasses to counteract your pink tinted ones. Step back further, and further and further…until you are in space. Now think about this: what is the most important factor that should influence all the decisions you make today …even the smallest and even those you aren’t really aware are decisions/choices that you are making.

What do we really want for our children?

Happiness I used to think; now I don’t. Laura Ingalls Wilder put the desired attributes of life very well I feel: be helpful, be kind and be courageous. That, I think, is what I want. Eglantyne Jebb said that all humanity is one; I want my children to think that. Robin Williams, in Night of the Museum, said that the secret to happiness is physical exercise. I want my children to know that. What do you want for your children? If you are a teacher, what do you want to give the children you teach?

Getting It Wrong: Why we don’t question the obvious

So many things we accept because of our cultures. So many things we get wrong and never question it, i.e. margarine is more healthy than butter, it is good to make your bed when you get out of it, having more things is good for us. But we do need our brains to accept things; society and culture is so complex now that life would be too much for us if we questioned everything. Besides which, it is painful to change entrenched networks, who needs that? So how do we know what to question and when, and more importantly, how do we summon the mental strength to change our networks.

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