Making of a Healthy Brain

Making of a Healthy Brain

The brain is a mysterious, marvelous organ and extremely complex. Everyone’s brain has billions of neurons that are continuously sending signals to each other permitting us to experience sensations and emotions, to sleep, to recall memories, to focus on important meetings or exams, and also permits us to just relax. 

Our brain is the source of everything that occurs in your mind and body. All our thoughts, actions, emotions, energy and sleep. Each of these activities is connected to specific sections of the brain and each section controlled by specific brain waves. When a brainwave is underactive or overactive, this is what causes us our problems. For example, slower brainwaves could indicate decreased focus and concentration and faster than normal brainwaves could indicate anxiety and ruminations.

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Sections of the Brain

The following lists a few of the main sections of the brain and explains what each section is responsible for in our daily life.

Frontal Lobes – of the brain are specialized for your ability to maintain attention, use your memory, make you aware of your social surroundings. it is also responsible for your character, your level of motivation and your planning skills, decision making, problem solving, emotional and social control.

Temporal Lobes – are specialized for your reading abilities, your use of language, short term memory, locating objects, face recognition and how you feel emotionally.

Parietal Lobes – are responsible for your ability to solve problems in mathematics, use complex grammar, sustain attention, right/left organization, visual attention, eye-hand coordination, awareness of body parts, tactile (touch) perception and spatial orientation.

Occipital Lobes – are responsible for your visual perception, visual processing, learning and reading skills.

Sensorimotor Cortex – is responsible for your fine motor skills, manual dexterity as well as sensory and motor integrations and processing abilities.

Brain Stem – is responsible for your autonomic nervous system (heart rate, breathing, temperature) level of alertness, swallowing, balance and movement and eye movement

Brainwaves

The following is an example of what each individual brainwave looks like.

brainwaves

Brainwaves are measured in cycles per second. This represents the speed of the brainwave.

Beta: 12 to 40 cycles per second

Alpha: 8 to 12 cycles per second

Theta: 4 to 7 cycles per second

Delta: .5 to 3.5 cycles per second

We all have the same basic brain waves. Some of us have too much of one kind or too little of another. This is where the problem comes in. The following briefly describes predominant brainwaves which are found in all of us:

Delta: These are very slow waves and are found in people who are in deep sleep stages or people with trauma to the brain. It is the main waveform seen in babies.

Theta: This can be a creative state but too much of this type of wave is most often associated with being tuned out and not focused.

Alpha: Represents a person who is calm, relaxed and alert.

Beta: Represents a person who is awake, mentally alert and externally focused.

Low Beta: Represents a person who is thinking clearly, is learning or is in a problem solving state.

High Beta: Too much of this state can cause a person to be tense, irritable, anxious.

Very high Beta: Can be seen in those who are worried and ruminating.

Each person has a different collection of brainwaves that basically gives them their personality and characteristics. Sometimes these brainwaves are not properly regulated and people experience:

Stress
Anxiety
Irritability
Anger
Impatience
Impulsivity
Daydreaming
Worry
Ruminations

Emotions

As stress levels increase, emotions take over and internally your body undergoes a number of changes to meet the demands of the stressor.

The following is a list of some of the results of being over stressed:

Moody
Irritable
Angry
Anxious
Worried
Overwhelmed with life’s stressors
Trouble concentrating
Forgetful
Tuned out
Doing poorly at work or school
On edge
Muscle tension & stiffness
Clench your jaw
Grind your teeth
Ruminating

Stress

Stress can make you sick physically, mentally and emotionally!

It is when we feel stressed and cannot relax that it can affect our health, our relationships and our well being.

Teenagers feel stress with peer pressure, exams, boyfriends and girlfriends.

Adults have considerable stress with divorce, taking care of parents, work, finances.

Stress is a feeling of dis ease (disease) with oneself that’s created inside us when we react to pressure.

Stress can take a toll on your body and mind.

As stress increases emotions take over and behavior becomes erratic. Understanding stress is important. Most people consider stress to be a bad thing. Not all stress is negative, there is GOOD stress and BAD stress.

Good Stress:

Small amounts of stress actually helps you get through or surpass certain events in your life an perform better. Without good stress you might not perform as well in sports, exams, important business meetings etc.

Bad Stress:

If your stress is extreme , daily and constant your body will eventually wear itself down.

The following is a list of words that you can use to determine whether you feel you are a victim of anxiety

Anxiety words

Afraid
Anxious
Agitated
Apprehensive
Disturbed
Dread
Fearful
Insecure
Nervous
Obsessed
Out of it
Panicked
Self conscious
Shaky
Tense
Terrified
Timid
Uneasy
Uptight
Worried

Victim words

Can’t
Defenseless
Frail
Helpless
Impossible
Impotent
Incapacitated
Overwhelmed
Powerless
Shattered
Vulnerable
Worn out

Indications of Thinking anxiously:

You worry a great deal about what other people think
Predicting the worst for the future
Magnify the importance of negative events
Perfectionism
Poor concentration
Racing thoughts

Signs of stress overload:

Unable to cope with daily activities
Unable to concentrate
Tuned out, in a daze
Moody, irritable or impatient
Constantly anxious or worried
On edge
Have muscle tension & stiffness
Clench your jaw or grind your teeth
Unable to relax
Overwhelmed with life’s stressors

Although a certain amount of stress is good for us, stress overload can be problematic and eventually make us sick. Recognizing when you are stressed and being able to manage your stress can improve your health and your quality of life.

Overindulgences in recreational drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, weight loss or weight gain, losing control of your emotions, calling in sick to work often and withdrawal from society are not ways to cope with stress. They can make a bad situation, worse.

Other ways to stop and anxiety quickly

Breathe deeply
Talk to a friend
Exercise aerobically
Soothe the body
Challenge your own thoughts
Listen to music
Finding distractions

Relaxation is a key to alleviating stress.

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