Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. Many people believe that the key to this lies in physical health. However, Dr. Daniel Amen believes this is not enough. He argues that a healthy brain is the best way to have a happy and productive life.
Dr. Amen is a neurologist and prominent research associate of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a screenwriter and producer on 10 popular shows about human consciousness and has roles in “After the Last Round” and “The Crash Reel.” In his latest book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, he analyzes how important it is to understand your brain so that it serves you well for the rest of your life. The book reveals that common sense can be maintained through several daily habits.
Here are some of the doctor’s suggestions.
1. Change your diet
Diets are extremely popular today, but for most people, their benefit is limited to taking down a few pounds. Often, however, such diets have a negative impact on the human brain. Dr. Amen’s book focuses on some basic nutritional rules that will protect your mind. Changing the intake of certain carbohydrates and drinking more water can significantly improve mental health. He recommends a diet that contains nutrients such as carbohydrates rich in fiber, beneficial fats and proteins.
2. Do Physical Exercise
When their schedule gets overloaded, the first thing most people give up is training. Dr. Amen emphasizes the importance of exercises to reduce stress on the brain, increase the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrients into the brain, and prevent it from high blood sugar levels. In his book, he also offers a wide range of workouts that support different parts of the brain, such as coordinated exercise and strength training.
The world can be very frenetic and chaotic, and spending a little time for peace and silence can be tough. The doctor explains how important it is to find time for everyday meditation to soothe anxious consciousness.
4. Get Rid of Negative Thoughts
Dr. Amen notes that negative thoughts can inflict the most severe damage to our mental health. Each of us has troublesome thoughts, but if we let them tease our minds, we can certainly expect unpleasant consequences. He offers several ways to fight these thoughts. One is to look at this thought thoroughly and identify how it makes you feel. Then consider how you can reverse this feeling via a change in perspective.
5. Listen to classical music to improve your concentration
Good concentration is needed to handle busy schedules and multiple tasks. The book describes a study according to which people who listen to Mozart have developed a better focus and even improved their social skills.
6. Spend more time with positive people
Dr. Amen emphasizes that the time a person spends in the company of negative people inevitably leaves his mark on the individual. Removing negativism causes chemical changes in the brain that lead to a more positive and energetic way of thinking.
7. Discover something new every day
According to Einstein, if a person spends 15 minutes a day learning something new, within one year he will be an expert on the topic. Dr. Amen has the same opinion, making the addition that learning new things breaks routine and keeps the brain alive.