Keeping your Brain Sharp & Fit
Earlier on today, despite having a day off of work and enjoying the afternoon to myself, watching animes and eating junk food, I experienced a very unhappy moment. Let me introduce a scenario; You are washing the dishes and suddenly the kitchen pipes burst. The drain water starts to leak from below the sink and the floors you’re standing on immediately get wet and becomes flooded. You then angrily proceed to claim the title of ‘King of The Kitchen’ and begin mopping the kitchen tiles. The boiling water that was planned to be used to prepare a cuppa coffee is done cooking and you get a tad bit overly excited, spilling the slimy contents of the bucket.. in which your good ol’ mop is in. ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.
So, how does one keep their brain sharp and fit? External and internal stimuli.
Find/Do things that can give your brain a type of stimulation. Preparing coffee/tea is one action that provides a feeling of calm and satisfaction. To be honest here, nothing beats having a zen moment and practicing meditation. Not your cup of tea? Read a book!
When you realize that you are very angry and this is not going to help in the upcoming discussion with your partner, decide to take a few deep breaths (emotional self regulation).
When you weigh the pros and cons of staying at your current positions versus applying for a new job in a new city(decision making).
When you decide to refrain from eating that chocolate bar because this would be against your diet rules (inhibition).
- Decision making: the ability to make decision based on problem solving, incomplete information and on emotions(both ours & others).
- Working memory: the capacity to hold in mind and manipulate information in real time.
- Emotional self regulation: the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions.
- Sequencing: the ability to break down complex action into manageable units and prioritize in the right order.
- Inhibition: the ability to withstand distractions and internal urges.
Discipline is key, boys and girls. Remember that!
Stay away from drugs, negative influences and situations. Although I would like to state that seeing a psych or a counsellor is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, don’t EVER hesitate to seek prescription drugs if you feel the need and are unable to cope with the anxieties and stresses of life.
Written by Yoji Amashiro
Artwork by JungleEye