Assalamualaikum... Selamat pagi!
Amboi... tajuk entri tak boleh blah kan! hehehe sesekali kita buka ke Oh My English apa salahnya kan?
Btw, hari ni nak kongsi satu info tentang macam mana cara kita nak jaga kesihatan otak kita. Sebenarnya secara tak sedar kita melakukannya setiap hari tetapi oleh sebab kita tak faham ilmu neurosains ni kita tak memanfaatkan aktiviti harian kita tu yang membantu kesihatan otak kita.
Meh la... takmo citer panjang jom baca je artikel ni. Oh ya! Untuk step #3 tu saya boleh bantu dapatkan sumbernya. Nak tau lebih lanjut PM tepi ye...
1. Sleep to reduce stress.
Ever wonder what happens to all of the stress we accumulate during the day? That car that almost hit you? Your child screaming at you? Even the unconscious stress of self-judgment? Where does it go?
Your beautiful brain collects it and saves it for when you dream to process away. Let me repeat: When you sleep, you process stress and trauma. So, one of the simplest and most effective things you can do is to get your full seven to nine hours of shut-eye each and every day.
2. Rise with the sun.
Your brain uses a cluster of nerve cells called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, located in your hypothalamus to regulate something called “circadian rhythm.” Circadian rhythm is the “master clock” in your brain that syncs all your body’s clocks. Abnormal circadian rhythm is associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, sleep disorders, hormone dysregulation, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
In other words, wake up when the sun does—no more sleeping in! If you are a parent, this habit will come naturally as most kids naturally wake with the sun and are happy to be your alarm clock.
3. Take fish oil.
Fish oil has positive benefits on brain health. My kids go for the hard-core fermented cod liver stuff, and somehow we’ve apparently cemented this into them so well over the years that they ask for it daily although it tastes awful. They take it by the spoonful, but you can also get it in capsule form, which has a pleasant lemon aftertaste.
4. Be mindful and meditate.
Meditation taps into your subconscious mind (just below consciousness) and has innumerable neurological benefits. Not sure how to be mindful on an everyday basis and want an easy way to meditate? I like Headspace—it’s like a “gym membership” for your mind. With its meditation and mindfulness techniques, you can train your mind for a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.
5. Make yourself uncomfortable.
Your brain needs novelty to grow. How do you know when you’re doing something that’s “new enough”? When it feels uncomfortable, awkward, weird, strange or it scares you. By doing things daily that are out of your comfort zone, you allow your brain to develop new branches on its neuron tree (also called dendritic pathways) instead of shriveling up into a sad dried out tree stump.
Truth be told, I could write a book on this, and I live my entire life around this premise. And although there are many more habits I’d like to see you develop, start with these. After all, can you imagine how incredible it would be if we all lived to our potential?