When people say, “I’m stressed out,” they’re usually describing a mental feeling of pressure or agitation. But while stress may begin in the brain, the process very much involves the body. Our bodies aren’t meant to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight. Over the long term, living with chronic stress can actually harm the body in several ways...
Years of research into supplements that enhance brain function have only proven that there isn’t a magic bullet to ward off dementia, stay sharp, or otherwise improve cognition. Even some of the old standbys, long believed to be good for brain health—like gingko biloba and DHEA—have failed to stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Ready to make a healthy change? Here are 5 tricks to stay on track.
Getting more sleep. Exercising regularly. Cutting back on alcohol. Most of us have at least one thing we want to start (or stop) doing for our health, even if, despite our best efforts, we can’t seem to make it happen. And it’s no wonder — breaking a bad habit or adopting a healthy one is notoriously difficult. Doing so requires our brain to lay down new neural pathways rather than continuing down those old, well-trodden ones.
Yet drawing on basic principles of behavioral psychology, the study of the connection between our minds and our actions, it’s possible to effectively alter your behavior — and improve your overall well-being.
Everything in our lives is medicine. We are affected by what we eat and drink, our movement, our environment and our relationships. We have an opportunity to consciously surround ourselves with that which supports our healing. When we nourish ourselves, we have the opportunity to thrive and by thriving we can inspire and transform the world through our own evolution.