In today’s fast-paced and hyper-connected world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of it all. Today’s health tip seeks to balance all that with a prescription for mental wellness. The Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, and Dr. David Rock, founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, consists of seven mental activities to improve your overall mental health.
The Healthy Mind Platter
- Focus Time – Taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain when closely focusing on tasks in a goal-oriented way.
- Play Time – Playfully enjoying new experiences, being spontaneous or creative to help make new brain connections.
- Connecting Time – Connecting with other people, ideally in person, to activate the brain’s social circuitry.
- Physical Time – Moving our bodies, aerobically if possible, to strengthen the brain.
- Time In – Reflecting internally and quietly, helping to better integrate the brain.
- Down Time – Letting our mind wander or relax, without focus or goal, helping our brain to recharge.
- Sleep Time – Giving the brain rest to recover from the day’s experiences.