Sleep and Sleep Hygiene: A Key to Mental Health

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The John Hopkins article, The Science of Sleep, says that “a healthy amount of sleep is vital for “brain plasticity,” or the brain’s ability to adapt to input. If we sleep too little, we become unable to process what we’ve learned during the day and we have more trouble remembering it in the future. Researchers … Read more

How Full is Your Bucket?

The analogy of a bucket as a barometer of nervous system activation has been resonating with many clients lately. I primarily work with clients who are dealing with symptoms related to stress and anxiety who describe being overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions.  They know that meditation, mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, exercise and other practices can … Read more

Neuroplasticity: Our Ever Changing Brain

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I talk with clients all the time about neuroplasticity and realized that I haven’t explicitly written about it in my newsletters. So, this month is devoted to this constantly evolving concept and field. What is Neuroplasticity? Pedro Mateos-Aparicio and Rodriguez-Marino define Neuroplasticity as “the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. It is … Read more

Brain Hacks: Keeping the Brain Sharp as We Age

As I continue life’s journey through my 60’s, I’m more aware of the value of having practices that keep my brain functioning at it’s best.  Of course, one of my tools is doing regular NeurOptimal® tune-up sessions as one practice to keep my nervous system in balance and optimize my brain function.  There are lots … Read more