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How Can Mindfulness Change my Brain?

MRI scans show that with just eight weeks of regular mindfulness meditation, the cortex becomes thicker and activity in the amygdala decreases, giving us better control over our thoughts, emotions, and how we function in the world.

Be inspired by your own capabilities. Learn more about your mind and how you can cultivate safety, regulation and calm within. We see clients every day gain better control of their distressing emotions, by challenging their negative thoughts, learning how to self-soothe, and become experts in their own wellbeing.

The irony is that when we take care of ourselves first, we are in a much stronger place to take care of those we love.”- Kate Hudson.

When we talk about mindfulness, we also talk about stress reduction and how to stay mentally well. And the foundations of mental health start with the basic building blocks – sleep, exercise, food and being connected. How do you fare in these categories? What might get in the way of you maintaining a healthy sleep and exercise routine?

Majority of us find it difficult to achieve a consistent balance and meet all of our obligations. Everyone deserves the time to reflect on their own self-care, and establish how they can meet their mental health needs. Clear psychological assessment can identify psychological barriers to self-care and nourishing our mind.

Did you know that...
Multi-tasking makes you less productive. When you multi-task your brain simply toggles back and forth between tasks. This results in decreases in attention span, learning, performance and short-term memory.

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He has researched what he terms as the Healthy Mind Platter. He describes mental health as the ability to integrate all of these aspects of health.

Which ones do you need more of?

Focus Time When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.

Play Time When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.

Connecting Time When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.

Physical Time When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.

Time In When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.

Down Time When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.

Sleep Time When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

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