Monday, March 9, 2015

Your Brain: A Perpetual Motion Machine - Braintenance - Douglas E. Castle

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Your brain is a perpetual motion machine which is operating continuously on various "settings" in order to address certain functions crucial to our physiological and psychological existence. As long as you are alive, your brain is a muscle being applied, tested and, hopefully, strengthened. Despite this, we are constantly told by others to "give our brains a rest," or something similar. Although this is a well-intended suggestion for those of us who have been categorized as either workaholics or obsessives, it is advice that cannot be followed literally.

Having said this, an over-reactive, challenged brain needs rest, even though it cannot cease its operations. Too much cerebration leads to frustration, fatigue and an excess secretion of cortisol, each and all of which are inherently unhealthy. This begs the question: "What can we do to 'give our brains a rest' even though we cannot cease ongoing mental processes?

There is a solution. The key is to re-focus your brain on a different task (i.e., rotational tasking) in order to give the parts of it which were being strained a break while other parts are exercised in a healthy manner. Here are the two keys to re-focusing and resting your mind when it is either running in circles, being "uncooperative" or causing you psychological and physiological stress:

1) Stop what you're doing and engage in a passive activity, such as watching a movie, listening to music, working out or doing something else which is a "rote" exercise; or,

2) Take a brief nap and allow your mind to sort things out subconsciously.

Remember: A tired brain is an uninspired brain. If you have a multitude of things to do, don't get "hung up" on any one item on your list. When you get stuck, skip to the next item on the list and, after you've gotten a sufficient break from the task that you were originally performing, go back to it with renewed vigor and refreshed creativity.

Also: Don't multitask! Use rotational tasking. Multitasking is like texting while you're driving [i.e., you can't do either properly], whereas rotational tasking is like shifting gears or changing lanes consciously.

Always consciously attend to your Braintenance.

Thank you for reading me.

Douglas E. Castle for The Braintenance Blog

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