BRAIN OPTIMIZATION Mental Fitness & Nutritional Psychology for Chronic Stress Management and more....
Diamond Mind Strategies give you what most Corporate Wellness and Performance Coaching programs don't.
Most wellness and performance coaching programs are loaded with great ideas for people to implement...IF they were actually ready to take them on and turn them into a lasting lifestyle or method of higher achievement. The problem is that often people aren't mentally prepared to adopt new approaches that require consistency over time. Hence, the New Year Resolution phenomenon of taking on those goals in January to fall off the wagon by March.
Brain Optimization is about disrupting the interfering associations and stress chemical conditions that your brain has been operating under in order to clear the space for new, healthy, and powerful brain connectivity that support optimal functioning mentally, physically, professionally, and in relationships.
People do more to protect their Smartphones than their Smart Brains. We often operate as if on "Airplane Mode". Brain Optimization is about supplying your brain with a full charge and a solid "service" connection.
Mental Fitness are the mindset exercises that reduce chronic stress build-up. Additionally, they are designed to help you harness purpose, passion, and power as you tap into and utilize your Core Power elements. Lastly, mental fitness exercises are practical in aiding in communication enhancement within relationships that matter most to you.
Nutritional Psychology is about eating to nourish your brain so that it functions at its optimal best. My BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL approach to nutrition evaluates and educates someone on how to eat and supplement more effectively for energy, focus, clarity, and mood stabilization.
Part of Nutritional Psychology focuses on the use of nootropics and possibly hormone support. Nootropics are natural supplements that impact the production of hormones we need for brain and body functioning. HRT, Hormone Replacement Therapy, is a modern medicine intervention that helps preserve our cognitive functioning and emotional stability in addition to the physical benefits.
BURNOUT: living with chronic stress keeps us operating in "firefighter mode". Going from situation to situation trying to "put out fires", of course, further exacerbates "firefighter mode". End result: BURNOUT.
Burnout symptoms include: decreased energy, decreased memory capacity, decreased libido, decreased sleep, decreased creativity, decreased ability to solve problems, and more on the "decreased" functioning side. On the increase, however, you will also find increased irritability, increased weight gain, increased exhaustion, increased conflict, increased depression, increased anxiety, and others.
So what can we do to protect our greatest asset, our brain, from the burnout of chronic stress?
I teach people mindset exercises, body movements, and nutritional strategies that are super easy to implement- afterall, trying to manage stress can't cause more stress, right? Too often, people try to incorporate a new healthy habit (such as yoga, meditation, getting to the gym, or changing their diet and their brains just aren't ready for those changes! What happens? They get frustrated, start to create reasons for why they can't make it happen as they intended, and quit. They "fall off the wagon". Doesn't surprise me, though. I know why it was a set up for "failure": they hadn't yet optimized their brain, or created the mental space for new information to be absorbed and lasting habits to form.
Mental Fitness & Nutritional Psychology Solutions
All it takes to optimize your brain functioning:
*a few different 90-second mindset exercises daily to reduce the cortisol and adjust the previously imprinted connections that currently exist.
*a new understanding and planning of nutritional choices to nourish healthy brain hormone production and reduce the fight-or-flight response.
*a couple of mind:body actions throughout each day to attend to whole body internal "communication".
I call it Mental Fitness & Nutritional Psychology.
The New Mind:Body Connection
Let's start with recognizing how our body communicates with our brain and vice versa. Painful, tight, contracted muscles send the message to our brain that we are "ready to fight". The brain goes into that fight or flight response automatically. Raised cortisol.
1. MENTAL FITNESS EXERCISE: Stretching daily shifts the muscle:mind messaging
Go online and find resources for stretches that you can do from your seat at work or, even better, get up out of your seat for five minutes every hour and walk to a special or quiet space to really adjust muscle to mind communication. Move a muscle, change a thought, is the saying.
2. Mind In Muscle connection movements release cortisol in the brain.
Another new mind:body connection can be made to adjust brain chemistry, harness what I call "Core Power" and help rev your metabolism at the same time. Mind in Muscle exercises are about taking two to twenty minutes one, two, or three times per day to simply contract a single muscle group and focus your attention on the strength and power that is in that movement. For example, doing leg extensions at your desk squeezing your quads at the the top of the movement and really feeling the tightness and then really feeling the release of the contraction. Repeat at least 20 times. Same with bicep curls or ab contractions.
3. I have a approximately 40 Mental Fitness Exercises that range from those that take 90 seconds to those that can take an hour or so of your focus. They are designed to elevate awareness and enhance what I call Mindset Mastery. Through my Mental Fitness Exercises, you develop a new personal power to manage life on life's terms. You will fortify your Purpose, Passion, and Power with both short- and long-term plans. Here is an example of a 90-second cortisol-reducing intervention:
MENTAL FITNESS EXERCISE: Peaceful Place Exercise
There is more coaching you can have around creating and practicing your peaceful place exercise. Your brain only knows what you give it to know. Using your imagination to create this imagery with all of your senses changes the chemical reactions in your brain.
the BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL APPROACH TO NUTRITION
Backdrop info you need to know: symptoms of depression are IDENTICAL to symptoms of malnutrition...yet most people will take a pill before adjusting their dietary intake.
Another need to know for backdrop: your brain doesn't know the difference between external or internal stress. Hence, how we nourish ourselves can add to or diminish Stress Brain.
Oh, one more: timing is everything.
HORMONES are not just about your sex life. Hormone balancing is essential for brain and body functioning,. Testosterone levels impact mental functioning because they are directly related to both menopause and andropause AND responsible for the "fight-or-flight" response.
The other hormones we need to talk about are all about Brain Optimization: Cortisol, Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin. Chronic Stress, "Stress Brain", is when cortisol levels remain at a constant high. This condition causes wear and tear on: creativity, clarity, mood, memory, energy, heart health, body fat retainment, muscle aches, and more.
NOOTROPICS are natural supplements designed to optimize brain and body functioning. Nootropics help to create health at the cellular level. Real "bodybuilding" is about caring for our most basic building blocks to our physical selves: our cells. Fragile cells equate to Oxidative Stress.
Oxidative Stress, or when the amount of "free radicals" exceeds the amount of antioxidants in our system, causes fatigue, memory loss or brain fog, headaches, vision problems, wrinkles and grey hair.
Mental Fitness & Nutritional Psychology Strategies help reduce Stress Brain and Oxidative Stress.
FIVE MAIN TAKEAWAYS:
1. Protein is not just for muscle-building...and timing matters.
2. Not all carbs are created equal....and timing matters.
3. Water is not just for hydrating skin and blood-flow. Our brains require hydration at a certain level in order to not go into Stress Brain mode.
4. Nootropics, natural supplementation, are the scientific advancements that offer physical & mental stress-reduction intervention at the molecular level. In addition to food choices and general nootropics at the end of this presentation, I will also provide links to products that I use myself and have had plenty of clients use with great feedback.
5. Hormones are important to balance for healthy, high functioning mentally, physically, and sexually. I have a hormone-management practice whom I trust implicitly and will provide their contact information so that you can ask questions/explore options directly with the top dog there. One of my goals is to help you become most educated about your own body and as a consumer of health products!
To become an educated consumer and learn more about your own body from a hormonal standpoint, contact Adam Lamb, owner of www.renewliferx.com. Tell him Ava sent you and he will respond quickly! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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