"A well-developed brain is meant for functioning well in life,
it is not meant to define who we are in life."
Neuro-Nurturing For You!
Since it is not only children that have a unique and undefinable essence, it is just as important that you provide Neuro-Nurturing for yourself! The world needs you to be fully you without your brain getting in the way!
You may have had experiences that led your brain developing in a way that does not always easily allow for your heart to fully shine. This is actually true for most of us!
As children, we had numerous experiences that provided either direct or indirect messages from family members, teachers, peers, etc. We heard or felt the messages, interpreted them based on our current perspective or previous experiences and chose to believe them or disbelieve them. These combined messages became how we define ourselves. We then stored these beliefs in our memory and our brain created a perception of ourselves. It really is all just perception. This perception can affect many aspects of life and may hold us back from being all that we really are.
New pathways can be created at any age.
The fantastic realization is, the brain is always changing and is continuously making new connections.
The ability to adapt and change is called, plasticity or neuro-plasticity. The early years in life are when the brain has the most plasticity and is the reason the emphasis of Neuro-Nurturing is placed on babies and children. But, isn’t it wonderful to know that you always have the chance to change your brain for the better?
During presentations and workshops, I share this critical understanding with the use of this photo and simple explanation.
The brain creates pathways as a result of repeated experiences or repeated thoughts. Through repetition, pathways become stronger and more deeply established. However, new pathways can be created by going in a "new direction" such as creating new repeated experiences, habits or thoughts.
Each month this page shares an article, research, interview, blog or other valuable resource.The information shared will focus on ways in which you can provide essential Neuro-Nurturing for yourself.
This month the featured share for your own brain is a helpful article on the benefit of play for adults.
Staying Young at Heart: Why Adults Should be Playing More
Written By Caileigh Flannigan
Unfortunately for us adults, play is often dismissed in everyday life and is viewed as immature, unproductive, and unwelcome. At some point, during our aging, we just stopped playing. In our busy, modern, and technology filled world we have been focusing too much on work, family, and structured routines and we have forgotten how to play. There needs to be a shift from thinking that play is an aspect of childhood, to the realization that play is an important part of adult life. This article will discuss the benefits of playing in adulthood, and will provide you with ways you can bring back play, novelty, and fun into your everyday life.
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