Ever wonder why it’s so difficult to get everything done on your “to-do list”? Or maybe you’ve lost touch with the “old you” and your brain doesn’t function the way it once did. In either case, it’s important to get to know your brain and how it functions to help restore it (and you) to its glory days. But how do you do that when the brain is SO complicated? Here are three easy “catch-all” buckets to frame and think about your brain, its health and your lifestyle.
The brain’s number one function is to survive, therefore, the first layer of brain function are all the unconscious physiological workings your brain is in charge of regulating. For example, when’s the last time you told yourself to breath? How about to regulate your synapse xt liver’s toxins and digestive track after Super Bowl or to boost your immune system after a long flight home? None of us have to, thank god!
That’s because our brain does it for us! A good deal of processing, energy and electrical activity is dedicated to keeping us alive. Imagine what kind of life we would have if we consciously had to process all our biological functions directly, our mind would be overwhelmed and we would have less time to relax on the couch!
On top of regulating the body and its necessary functions, the brain’s second job and our second layer of brain function is supporting and serving our minds. And we all know how our minds can get: busy, fearful, anxious, clouded – sound familiar?
Our brain is shaped by our environment, because our environment impacts our psyche and our brains are designed to support our psyche. Therefore, when we engage in regular unhealthy thought patterns such as, “I wonder if he’ll call me back” or “I hope my wife doesn’t check my phone records” along with worry, fear, anger and negativity; our brain is forced to support all this junk and even becomes conditioned to do so.
And that’s when we feel like we have very little control over our mind, our actions and our lives. This is where brain training really comes in handy because it can break down some of the unhealthy and unbalanced plasticity of the brain and gives fluidity back to it.
Believe it or not, our brain is suppose to be able to shift and reconfigure itself to serve just about any environment and situation we put ourselves in (yes, even those!).
So the brain is busy supporting our personal fears and concerns as well as our hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations but it is a matter of training our brain and our mind to do so on a regular consistent basis.
Now, the third and final layer of brain function for us to understand is our environment and the external stimuli it provides our brain. This would be any and all cues our brain processes consciously and subconsciously.
From that special someone-to-be you’re checking out while you figure out what size your latte is going to be while pretending to hear the Starbucks cashier over the sound of neo-jazz playing in the background.