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Brain Fitness

Here is a great article I want to share with you about the
“10 Ways You Can Take Care of Your Brain” by Ruth M Buczynski, PhD,
and if you would like to know more about how to “think your way to more love, happiness and successand how to change your brain, go to the Mind Map section on my website www.connectionpointcounselling.com or call me anytime to discuss the possibilities 778-881-0410

We all like to be at our best and to do that, you’ve got to take care of your brain. And now science is showing us how.We used to think that the brain was fixed at about age 5 – and that it wasdownhill from there. But recently, some pioneering work in neurobiologyhas turned that thinking right on it’s head. Scientists are now finding thatwe have the capacity to re-wire brain circuits and to grow new neurons.Its known as neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to be flexible and to rewire in response to experience. Ever since neuroscientists discovered neuroplasticity and also neurogenesis (the brain’s ability to grow new neural networks),practitioners have sought to bring these new findings to their patients. So that’s what you have here, a snapshot of 10 things you can do to takecare of your brain. And the news gets even better: They work!

1. Aerobic exercise is one of the best things you can do for your brain. At any age! Why? Because Aerobic exercise increases BDNF, which stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor.When BDNF is released into the system, brain growth and neural connections are enhanced. John Ratey calls it “miracle grow” for the brain .So, go out and get moving (and that doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon). If exercise is new to you, then start by walking, dancing, or even swimming, short distances at first, building up your stamina over a month’s time.And parents – get your kids to turn off the TV, the internet and the video games, and go outsideand play. And if you are a manager or work in an office, suggest that the staff take a walk duringlunch, or lead them in some jumping jacks before a meeting or a brain storming session.

2. Weight training not only builds muscles and contributes to bone health, but it also improves cognitive functioning, such as decision making, resolving conflict, and improving focus.

3. The hippocampus, a part of the brain in charge of long term memory and spatial navigation ,plays a huge role in learning – so anything we can do to support the hippocampus can be helpful, but the corollary is also true – it’s important to avoid anything that makes the hippocampus shrink. More about this later.

4. The amygdala, the area of your brain that’s involved in processing emotional events, has been trained to be on the alert for danger. Evolution has hard-wired us this way for survival, but this hyper-alert state can be very harmful – it affects our blood pressure and our interpersonal relationships and it it also affects our brains

5. Meditation, often undertaken as a calming practice, has been shown to quiet the amygdala and activate the hippocampus. Remember, anything that supports the hippocampus is good for you.

6. The cerebral cortex, which is involved in memory, perception, awareness and thought begins to thin with age. Researchers are finding that mindfulness meditation practice can thicken cell walls in the brain.

7. Too much stress can be harmful, not just to the cardiovascular system, but also to your brain. Recent studies are showing that when corticosteroids (the stress hormone) were increased ,neurogenesis (brain growth) decreased. Corticosteroids are hormones released from the adrenals in response to stress. So, when stress went up, brain growth, or what’s known as neurogenesis, went down. In fact, chronic stress can shrink the brain making it hard to learn new information or to even simply retain the information you already have.

8. You need to find the sweet spot for neuroplasticity. New learning is most likely to take place when the brain has an optimal amount of arousal. Too much arousal, and the brain shuts down; not enough and it gets distracted and lazy. For teachers, parents, and managers, this is especially useful information .

9. There is a harmful side of neuroplasticity. We normally think of the possibility of brain growth and change as a positive thing, but there can also be a dark side to neuroplasticity. When you are experiencing trauma, you are also in learning mode. But this time, your brain is laying down neural connections that include vivid memories and sensations of terrifying experiences. That’s why it’s important to deal with trauma with a trained professional as soon as possible.

10. We all have the capacity to change our brains. Neuroplasticity makes it possible. So, begin with these tips and get started today.

Copyright © 2011 by Ruth M Buczynski, PhD, Licensed The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine www.nicabm.com

Mheyah Bailey @ www.Connection Point Counselling.com

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Announcing Communication Course

“Lets Get Together” once a week for 8 weeks starting Wed April 6 in North Vancouver and really learn some new skills to improve your relationships and your life.
“The Quality of our Relationships determines the Quality of our Lives”

Everyone is welcome to join. You don’t have to be a couple to learn how to improve your relationships. We are all in relationship everyday and the most important relationship we are in is the one we have with ourselves…………

So please join me for
COLLABORATIVE COMPASSIONATE
 CONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION 8 Week Event

This group is for anyone: who wants to understand and to be understood more effectively, for anyone that wants less conflict, to feel less stressed, to have more harmonious connections in your everyday life, personally and professionally.

Do you want to hear what others are really trying to say and do you want to express yourself clearly so you can be understood and appreciated for who you are, what you need and want and for others to understand what is important to  you.
Do you want to feel more at ease in the world, more confident and happier.

Whether we are talking about personal or professional relationships, we can all benefit from learning and developing conscious tangible communication
 and relationship skills that honour and respect each others needs and values, 
create a clear understanding of ones core self and what is important to you, integrating that learning into 
relationships filled with respect and ease.

You will learn to use the communication model of Compassionate 
Communication (NVC) created by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.  We will do some experiential exercises individually and in a group that will highlight your needs and values and you will learn to communicate these more effectively minimizing stress and emotional upset. You will learn how to ask the important questions, limit the impact of conflict and differences, merging everything you have learned about yourself and others and the goals of the relationship personally or professionally into a harmonious reality.

For some added inspiration and fun we will have one evening dedicated to True Colours Personality Typing. You won’t want to miss this evening for sure.

My hope is you will start to see conflict as an opportunity
, learn to debate constructively and respectfully
, recognize your own and others deepest values and needs
 and communicate clear boundaries. We will also delve into the stories and meaning we make of what others say and do and how that impacts our perspectives and our feelings. We will learn to “THINK RESPONSIBLY”

Relationship coaching develops deep democracy in all relationships, teaches valuable emotional de-triggering techniques, 
increases a positive view of others, recognizes mixed signals and creates understanding about the special gifts we all bring to our different roles, partnerships and connections. This unique coaching and counselling approach teaches profound tools that will
 inspire and challenge you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others through
COLLABORATIVE COMPASSIONATE
 CONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION
.

REGISTER AND GET A ONE HOUR FREE COACHING SESSION

Recommended reading for the course is:
Non-Violent Communication, A Language of Love by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg
The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
Cost for the 8 week course is $199
For more information and to register please contact me
Mheyah@gmail.com or 778-881-0410


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Introducing Connection Point

Hap-pi-ness: Is living consciously in harmony with your values, beliefs and heart
Love: Is being compassionate with oneself and others without fear
Ful-fill-ment: Is living on purpose, contributing your gifts and making a difference
Suc-cess: Is something that can only be defined by understanding and living ones authentic self

Happy “Almost Spring” from Mheyah at “CONNECTION POINT”
I hope everyone has started off 2011 full of love and connection with family and friends and with a renewed sense of what you hope to achieve this year. I have been reminded lately of all that is important and valuable to me as I have navigated the terrain of hospital visits with those I love and care about.
It still feels like the beginning of 2011 and I am looking forward to spring days which for me feels like renewal and clearing away for the budding of new things which has me reflecting on my intentions, hopes and dreams going forward.
I know that my most important intention is to live and love authentically through my heart, inspiring others to create conscious, loving, happy successful lives through heart centered connection, thinking positively and following their dreams and goals.
Spring seems like an appropriate time to announce a new beginning for me. I have been busy redefining and recreating so I could best express how I can contribute to making a difference in others lives.
My new company is a more authentic reflection of who I am and what I have to offer to support you to create more happiness, success, love and fulfillment, so I would like to INVITE you to check out my new website and my FREE offer to experience coaching with me @ www.connectionpointcounselling.com
Connecting with a compassionate mentor and coach can help you discover “yourself” so you can get passed the obstacles that are holding you back from having the life you truly want. I will support you to make necessary changes so you can be more successful in all areas of your life, whether you want to feel happier and more at peace, have more loving relationships with less conflict, or find your true hearts calling and purpose.
Change can be so much easier with a coach, someone to bounce ideas around with, define what you need and want, create new ways of thinking and share what is important to you going forward in a new way.
“At last, recent scientific breakthroughs in Quantum Physics provide “proof” that you can, in fact, “think” your way to more Love, Health, Happiness and Prosperity! ”
I am committed to support, inspire, encourage and collaborate with you to create that new path. Call me for more great ideas on how to achieve more success love, happiness and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Please contact me at 778-881-0410 or email on my new website at mheyah@connectionpointcounselling.com
I look forward to connecting with you, Mheyah
Collaborating for Conscious Change Personally, Professionally, Globally
-Discover your Values
-Define your Purpose
-Create a Vision
-Set Goals and support Action
“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu
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