Neuroplasticity: The smart technology in your head
Ever wished you could change your brain?
Once upon a time, scientists thought our brains were hard-wired for life, with a set number of brain cells and functionality. But in the late twentieth century, that idea was proven totally bogus with the first major study demonstrating evidence of neuroplasticity—changes in the brain in response to a person’s environment.
Now, it’s widely acknowledged and well understood that our brains can, in fact, change.
The whole idea of neuroplasticity is incredibly empowering
Neuroplasticity essentially means that we can change our brain structure and how it works by adjusting our environments, thoughts and actions.
This doesn’t mean we can just “think” or “will” our way out of a health condition. It simply means that our environments, thoughts and actions have a significant impact on our brain health.
So here’s how to use neuroplasticity to your advantage
Cognitive behavioral therapy, brain training, mindfulness practices, and even regular exercise can change how our brain functions and have the potential to reduce stress, ease symptoms of brain disorders, and improve our day-to-day lives.
The key is to find the things that work well for you, and then make a regular practice out of them. As we incorporate new behaviors and thinking patterns, the brain adapts these as new connections. This is why starting a new habit (like exercise) is difficult, but as the brain adapts, it becomes easier and easier, until it is second nature.
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