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  • Sandra Künzler

Train your brain

May is mental Health Awareness Month. It was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health organization.

1 in 10 people in Switzerland are affected by anxiety disorders.

95% of all diseases are caused by stress! The productivity losses caused by stress cost employers in Switzerland CHF 6.5 billion, equivalent to approximately 1 percent of GDP.


Mental health is often perceived and cared for in a different way than physical health. It's less tangible and can be difficult to pinpoint or define. For example, if you broke your leg, you'd take immediate action. You can clearly see the problem and have a clear plan for healing.

Mental health is a different animal. Anxiety, depression and other conditions can be harder to spot. It's not always clear how to treat them. And the stigma around mental health keeps many people from seeking help or acknowledging that they're dealing with it in the first place.


Train your brain

brain health, mental health, meditation, hypnosis

But it's time to start thinking about brain health the same way we do about our physical health. Your brain is only about 1.5 kg, or about 2 percent of your body’s weight. Yet, it uses 20 to 30% of the calories you consume, 20% of the oxygen you breathe and 25% of the blood flow in your body. It is estimated that the brain has 100 billion nerve cells and more connections in it than there are stars in the universe, which is about the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.


Your brain is fundamental to who you are! Use these powerful tools to optimize your brain in all you do!



EAT HEALTHY - EXERCISE - HAVE A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP - TRAIN YOUR BRAIN



1. PROTECT YOUR BRAIN

You brain is soft and your skull is hard. Brain injuries can ruin your life, so wear your seat belt, drive in safe vehicles, protect your head in sports or steer clear of contact sports.


2. STOP POISONING YOUR BRAIN

Do not put toxic substances in your body. If you poison your brain, you poison your mind. Avoid alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking and limit your caffeine intake.


3. GOOD SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH OF YOUR BRAIN

Unfortunately, one quarter of the Swiss have trouble sleeping. This affects your mood, memory and ability to concentrate. It is estimated that sleep deprived people cause more accidents than drunk drivers. Because of sleep problems, doctors are prescribing sleep medications that can affect your moods and memory.

First, you need to eliminate anything that might interfere with sleep, such as caffeine or alcohol. Additionally you should try methods for your mental training, such as

Hypnosis, which is a wonderful tool for many patients, that often acts as a holistic replacement for sleeping pills or medications. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are very powerful tools to help us gain mastery over our own minds and bodies and can be helpful for sleep, as well as for anxiety and pain.


4. BRAIN HEALTHY DIET

Lean protein, such as white fish or chicken. Low glycemic, high fiber carbohydrates, such as whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Healthy fats that contain omega three fatty acids, found in salmon, avocados and walnuts.

Since the brain is 85% water, anything that dehydrates you is bad for the brain, such as alcohol, excess salt or not drinking enough fluids. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated.


5. MENTAL TRAINING

Once you exercise and boost blood flow to your brain, you then need mental training. Every meditator knows that mental training improves memory function and maintain brain health as we age. Science is now able to reinforce the claims by showing how meditation physically impacts the extraordinarily complex organ between our ears. Recent scientific evidence confirms that meditation nurtures the parts of the brain that contribute to well-being. Furthermore, it seems that a regular practice deprives the stress and anxiety-related parts of the brain of their nourishment. If you stimulate new brain cells by using them, by starting a new hobby or learning a new language, they connect to other cells and become part of the fabric of your brain.


6. DEDICATE 15 MINUTES A DAY TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

One of the most popular excuses for not taking care of your health is “I don’t have time.” Well, if you don’t have 15-minutes to spare, you may not have a life.


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