Why our brain needs more downtime

With our ever-increasing demands of daily life from additional work to twenty-four-hour email access and the forever ping of parent mail, it is becoming increasingly more obvious that we’re reaching our fullest capacity.
 
If you imagine your brain having two sides, one fills a bucket of stress, things to do, pressure, a bit more to do, thoughts of what I need to do and a forever never-ending to-do list, it doesn’t take long to fill it to capacity.
 
The other bucket is quite the opposite. It’s a bucket of fun, laughter, achievement, celebration and more importantly the bit that you know as you. The truth.
 
If we’re consistently filling our stress bucket, our ability to manage, cope and enjoy our daily life begins to diminish and create negative response patterns in the brain. Anxiety, depression and anger. Remember that one small thing you totally lost your shizz over? Yep, that was the point in which your brain had a paddy and said no more!

Sorry to say but as human beings, we are not open 24 hours of the day and nor should we be.

So what affects our capacity? Well, it all depends on how we manage our stress and more importantly how many positive neurochemicals we are choosing to feed our brain with.
 
Our brain is supported by these chemicals to allow us to have mentally healthy behaviours. The one I most talk about is serotonin. Our Happy Hormone. A constant flow of this comes from taking positive actions, thinking positive thoughts and more importantly creating positive interactions with others.
 
These all support our brain’s ability to function more effectively and from a place of control.
Nicole Woodcock

The more downtime we give our brain especially if we feel like we’re juggling an abundance of stuff, the easier it can be to work through.

Ever heard the saying “ Put yourself first in the morning”?
 
Before you say that’s easier said than done, remember it is a choice. As a solution-focused clinical hypnotherapist, I have seen the effects of burnout and experienced a mental health breakdown. I learnt the hard way and it doesn’t come recommended.
 
So, how do we get downtime?
This involves anything that puts our body into a relaxed, rest and digest state.
  • 10-minute meditation
  • A 10-minute walk
  • Breathing exercises
  • Writing a list of what has been good?
  • Playing your favourite tunes and having a boogie
  • Cooking a nice meal
  • A nice nap ( 40 mins tops)
  • Reading
These are just some examples that you can incorporate into your day. They don’t take up a lot of time and done regularly can really support your brain health and your capacity to achieve more under less stress.
 
If you need some additional support to relax you can also download my free relaxation from http://www.hummingbirdhypnotherapy.co.uk
 
Nicole Woodcock
A solution-focused clinical hypnotherapist, lead lecture and Supervisor

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