Are you often tired, stressed, anxious or distracted?
Feeling like your energy tank is basically running on empty?
You’re not alone. Managing our mental, emotional, and physical energy becomes a major challenge in this fast-paced world that we live in.
That’s why, I find the work of Dr. Dan Siegel, a professor at UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, uber important for optimizing our wellbeing and productivity in a long run.
He advises that we plan our days ensuring these 7 daily essential mental activities to improve our happiness and well-being:
When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
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.
When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wonder or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Balancing daily these 7 mental activities will help you: get more focused work done, increase your feeling of aliveness, help you build more meaningful relationships with yourself and others, enhance your mental strength and make you feel more secure and at peace with yourself.
Each time when you notice that your energy level is going down and you feel tired, stressed, anxious or distracted – Ask yourself this question:
Which of these 7 mental areas have I recently neglected?
Perhaps you haven’t been sleeping enough or allowing yourself to play or rest? Be easy and honest with yourself and then take committed steps towards returning to your full vitality.
You deserve to feel at your best.
With love and appreciation,