Relax. Recharge. Reset.
Do you suffer from brain overload? With three R's – Relax. Recharge. Reset – you can get the most out of your brain and body to ensure that your daily life is both safe, fun and productive.
Our brains are amazing organs. They process the many wonderful sights, sounds and smells that we encounter each day and allow us to function at work, home and play.
Too much information can be bad for your brain
Just like any part of the body, the brain can become overloaded if too much is asked of it. Pushing our brains too hard over an extended period can lead to problems focusing, which can expose ourselves to risks and affect our wellbeing. By understanding this, and taking care of our brains and our bodies, we can find balance, happiness and live more sustainable lives.
Three 'R's to heal an overloaded brain
Relaxing, recharging and resetting lead to a healthier you. By remembering the three 'R's you can get the most out of your brain and body to ensure that your daily life is both safe, fun and productive.
People perform better when they're relaxed. One key way of doing this, is learning to recognize when we are stressed, often there could be early warning signs. Exercise, yoga, meditation and other forms of mindfulness can all help lower stress levels. So can opening up to others about how you may be feeling. Different things work for different people, by building an awareness, you can find out what works best for you.
Wrapping up work at a reasonable time is important to being fresh and energized for the next day and gives your brain and body a chance to get enough sleep (you likely need more than you think). Sleep allows the brain to repair and renew itself and is crucial to ongoing good health.
Taking regular small breaks gives your brain a well-earned chance to rest and recharge. A change of context and routine can often help. Maybe this is having screen-free time, taking a short walk around the block, or even visiting the local park to get some fresh air. Weekends and vacations are also great opportunities for your brain to reset and prepare for the next challenge.
Advice from brain scientist Katarina Gospic
Meet Katarina Gospic, brain scientist, researcher and TED talk speaker, who is helping us learn more about the brain. Here she explains why we need to look after our brains, how we can tell if the brain is stressed and also offers a tip or two on how we can relax and refresh.