How to rewire Your Brain

How to rewire Your Brain with mindfulness 🧠
It’s thought that 95% of our behaviour runs on autopilot ⛹🏽‍♂️because neural pathways take care all of our habits, reducing millions of sensory inputs into manageable chunks, so we can function without overload. 🏋️‍♀️
These default brain signals are so efficient that they often cause us to relapse into old behaviours before we remember what we want to do instead.
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Mindfulness is the exact opposite of these processes; it’s slow brain. It’s executive control rather than autopilot, and enables intentional actions, willpower, and decisions. All you have to do is practice. The more we activate this in the brain, the stronger it gets. Every time we do something deliberate and new, we find neuroplasticity, activating our grey matter, which is full of new neurons that have not yet been trained for the fast brain. 🤼‍♀️
While my brain knows what is best for me, the fast brain is causing me to shortcut my way through life. 🔋 So how can we trigger ourselves to be mindful when we need it most? This is where behaviour design comes in. It’s a way to put your slow brain in the driver’s seat. There are two ways to do it; first, slowing down the fast brain, putting obstacles in its way, and, removing obstacles in the path of the slow brain, so it can gain control.

Shifting the balance to give your slow brain more power takes some energy though. 💡
Things to try 😛
Refresh your triggers regularly. Use sticky notes to remind yourself of a new intention. That might work for about a week, but then your fast brain and old habits take over again. Try writing new notes to yourself; add variety or make them funny so they stick with you longer.
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Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain. 💭 “If phone rings, take a breath before answering.” Each intentional action to shift into mindfulness will strengthen your slow brain. ✨💫💭✨💫✨
A Relaxation Journey book    

 

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Grimm Tales & Twisted Tales of the Internet~ stories that teach

I’m reading Grimm tales again, they’re swift stories; a fairytale,

fast paced with characters of no interior life, flat with clear motives. They seem to be almost unconscious in thought & often known by their clothing (little red riding hood) or occupation (farmer, Miller, captain) We see only one side to their character, they are flat like cardboard cut outs… the fairytale goes swiftly as they set an exhausting pace, but of course you can only do this if they’re travelling light. What happens to them is of more interest than their individuality.
In Twisted Tales of the Internet what happens to Mr.Troll is a series of unfortunate events, but his character is flawed too, he is a villain but we can empathize, the story evolves but how he reacts and where he ends up, fills the story out into a fatter 3D tale. More crunch; a tale with more twists to slow the story into a winding bendy trail, with some turns in the road to add a bite or two.
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Twisted Tales of the Internet book

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Reading for pleasure known to improve well-being!

 

A book a day, because you’re worth it!

Reading improves your health, especially when it’s for fun with Pongy Stinkbelly!

So it’s been proven that reading really does improve your health. Reading for pleasure and well-being is linked; evidence shows a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly, as it can lower levels of stress and depression. Reading also seems to reduce the risk of dementia, with frequent readers (with a daily habit) having lower chance of dementia in later life. Evidence shows us, reading is empowering. The research shows, the more the reading is for pleasure, the more benefits will be felt by the reader.

  Reading improves our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy, giving the reader an insight into the world view of others. In addition to the health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community.

   Pongy Stinkbelly has helped children feel empathy and express views about how Pongy might feel, and how to help him. A child reader can take on board the struggle of a character and offer an helpful solution to the story. It allows a child to take on the problem of the character from different perspectives. How would they help they character? How would they be a friend to the character? What would they say or do if faced with the same dilemma as the character? A broader look at life, and how we see each other, can help children learn about themselves and others.

Whatever you are reading, the key is, keep it joyful and an exciting thing to do and let it be integrated as a part of everyday life. It’s a daily activity. The more it’s encouraged and done, with role models, discussions, time set aside for reading, to become part of the day, the more it will impact, and with just a few of those health benefits, its worth it!

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