Brain health is tremendously important for everyone at any age throughout life. Our success in life and business mainly depends on our professional and life skills, our ability to learn, capacity to start and build relationships, and the health of our brain.
The brain is the most important and complex organ in the body. A healthy brain is needed to remember, learn, plan, concentrate, make decisions, and maintain and regulate all autonomic bodily functions such as digestion, detoxification, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. You can see how critical it is to keep the brain healthy and its importance for personal and business success, as well as for creating and maintaining strong relationships.
Stress is the biggest hindrance of brain health. Stress is a reaction to an event that disrupts our physical and mental equilibrium. Stressful events trigger our “fight and flight” response causing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol to surge through the blood stream. Frequent activation of the stress response leads to changes in the brain’s structures. These changes could impair mental processes involving memory, attention, and emotional regulation.
Stress is the biggest obstacle for efficient mental processing, which is crucial for success.
According to American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. And more than 75% of all physician office visits are for stress-related complaints.
What can you do to insure our brain health and increase its vitality?
- Eat a balanced diet. Learn healthy food regiments by consulting with a certified clinical nutritionist or physician who can tailor a diet that is optimal for your needs. Comprehensive blood work can analyze what types of foods you should eat, and supplements you may need.
- A qualified doctor of physical rehabilitation can teach you what type of exercise routine is suitable for your body type and its limitations, especially if you have chronic injuries and conditions.
- Research tells us that one of the best ways to address stress and brain health is regular mindfulness meditation practice.
Meditation is the training of the mind. By practicing meditation you become aware, mindful and better equipped to deal with everyday stress and anxiety by learning how to gain control over the different aspect and processes of the mind. Just like physical exercise consists of different training elements such as strength training, flexibility, speed and cardio, meditation also consists of different elements of breathing, awareness, concentration and attention cultivation exercises.
To learn mindfulness meditation one must study with a seasoned meditation practitioner. Hayk Andriasyan, is a Massage Therapist at Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation who is clinically trained in Deep Tissue & Sports Massage, Soft Tissue Mobilization, Relaxation and Meditation. The services NMR provides to support brain health include: massage therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback therapy, craniosacral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and active and passive relaxation.