Our minds play a critical role in our overall well-being. We should care for it just as we do our bodies. Realizing that the mind needs certain things to operate at an optimal level, Dr. David Rock and Dr. Daniel J. Siegel developed The Healthy Mind Platter. It highlights the seven essential mental activities that are needed to ensure our brain matter operates at an optimal level. They are necessary for our total well-being. Here is a summary of the items included on the platter.
Focus on some task that will lead to a specific goal each day. The challenges caused by closely focusing on the task help to make deep connections in the brain.
Be creative and spontaneous; enjoy some new experience each day. This helps to make new connections in the brain.
Connect with other people, preferably in person. Our relationship with others helps reinforce the brains relational circuitry.
Take time to exercise daily. Moving our bodies helps to strengthen the brain.
Take time to reflect. Quiet reflections help us integrate the brain better.
Do not focus. Let the brain recharge by simply relaxing and letting the mind wander.
Get enough sleep. This allows the brain to rest and helps us recount, recover and rejuvenate.
For more information, visit Dr. Siegel’s website.