Resilience tips from Ready Resilience – November

GUEST POST BY WENDY JENKINS, READY RESILIENCE

With so much going on in the world and our country right now and working conditions seemingly in a constant state of flux, it’s no wonder anxiety is creeping in for many. This series is designed to offer ‘bite size’ resilience tips from Ready Resilience.

Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results.

November resilience tip

You probably already know the basics of looking after your body. However, when was the last time you thought about your brain? It controls the functioning of your body, but we expect it to do its job without giving it much support, until it stops working as well as it used to.

The signs might include slower memory recall, difficulty focusing, brain fog, not feeling as smart, slower decisions, mental fatigue and more. Typically, we lose 7 to 10 milliseconds – a tenth of a second – of brain speed per decade from age 20 on, which means that aging alone causes us to lose brain cells and processing speed. When combined with poor brain health, you may feel you are ageing even quicker.

Just like a car needs a tune up, there are ways to ensure your brain is ready to handle the pressures and overwhelm you may face.

When you learn how to care for your brain, you will benefit from it working better when you need it. This in turn will boost your resilience and give you the confidence to deal with whatever comes your way.

One of the best ways you can boost brain’s performance is with healthy nutrition. Your brain is an energy-intensive organ, using around 20 percent of your body’s calories, so it needs plenty of good fuel to maintain concentration throughout the day. However, your body can only use what it is given. If it is a diet high in fat and sugar, even if for very short periods of time, then this can have negative effects on your hippocampus which is an important brain region for memory formation and learning.

Studies have shown that saturated fats, which are very abundant in processed foods, can directly damage neurons (brain cells) by changing the way they use energy and increasing molecules that cause stress and inflammation. Saturated fats and sugar can also decrease levels of Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) which is important for learning and memory, leading to poorer neural performance.

What nutrition have you been feeding your brain with lately?

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About the Author:

Wendy Jenkins
Wendy Jenkins is the founder of Ready Resilience, Co-Founder of the Lungitude Foundation, Speaker and Lung Transplant Survivor. Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results. Having been told she had two years to live, fourteen years ago, Wendy is driven to help people transform their perspective on challenges in life. To find out more visit www.readyresilience.com.

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