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Training your brain for stress reliefTrain Your Brain to Relieve Stress

Do you need to reduce stress?, my guess is that you do!!!!  We all do….This website is designed to give you many ways to help you reduce stress and also eliminate it all together, this should always be the goal.

Every day clients come to me with so much stress in their lives.  Stress levels are always sitting at 5+ which is not a good way to be starting your day no matter who you are.  There are so many stressors these days and our goal is to eliminate them and have good easy strategies to use daily.

I really enjoy giving my clients strategies to deal with and eliminate stress, this gives them a feeling of empowerment. Which is what I am here to do.  Empower and Inspire.

Getting a strategy that works for you is key to reducing your stress levels and staying healthy.  You may not know it but you already have a strategy for being stressed.  You have to change that negative strategy to a more resourceful positive strategy.  Yes it can be done!!!.

How can you re-train your brain?

As I have mentioned before you can re-train your brain to do many positive resourceful things.  You learn very easily and believe me you can unlearn your negative habits just as quickly and easily.

Here are some strategies to help challenge your brain to reduce stress.

  • Try new activities
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Coloring
  • CrosswordsTeach your brain to reduce stress
  • Sudoku
  • Physical Activity  (different from what you already do)
  • Virtual Zen Garden

The brain needs something to do all the time, it needs to work all the time. Therefore giving it new activities and making them challenging activities keeps the mind occupied and therefore has no time to go thinking about stress. Also there is no time for negative self talk if your brain is occupied doing something positive and constructive.

Taking a different way home from work or a different route to the stores keeps your mind thinking and active.  It also keeps your conscious mind active and does not give you time to think about stress and anxiety.  Whilst your brain is active working out how to do new tasks your blood pressure drops, your brain chemicals change and your stressors reduce, you become calmer.  Your stress levels will now go down to a 2 or a 3 which is a much healthier place to be.  Optimum health of course is Zero.

What else can you do?

There are many apps and online places that offer brain games. These help with Parkinsons Disease and Alzheimers which can both be helped with brain exercises.

Bruce Lipton wrote a great book called The Biology of Belief where he explains how the brain can regenerate brain cells just like the liver and other cells in our bodies.  Therefore by re-training our brains we can re-grow the cells to help us remember things and also release stress.  This book is one of the best explaining conscious and unconscious and how the brain heals.  Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective lives of our species.

Training your brain to relieve stress is much easier than taking medications which alter the natural chemical structure of your brain.  Medication is a temporary band aid for the triggers causing stress therefore would you not want to try something that is permanent and has no side effects. (Please do not come off or alter any medications without consulting your medical practitioner)

Everyday do something different to challenge your brain and see your stress reduce.  Let me know what strategies work best for you and how you know they are working.

Please share for others to benefit also.  Need help finding strategies book a personal consultation.    Share

 

 


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32 Comments

  1. Anmaria Djong I Onelazychic

    I usually like to read my favourite magazine to relieve some stress and anxiety. Or listen to some nice fun music. Never really try games before.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You find what works for your and listening to music and reading your magazine is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Allison

    My favourite way to destress and “train my brain” is actually physical activity. I have noticed great improvement after implementing an exercise routine into my life. This is a very informative post.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Very true, exercise has been proven to reduce stress and that can be going for a power walk or going to the gym.

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  3. Helen

    I almost bought a puzzle book today to help my brain. I think I am going to download a brain training app. There are also some great puzzle games for the DS. I think brain exercise is just as important as physical exercise for good health.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I totally agree with you, keeping your brain active is so important for so many reasons as I mentioned already

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  4. sofia

    great post!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad you liked it.

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  5. Veera

    This was very interesting! I am definitely going to try these tips! 🙂

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you and yes please try these tips you will not be sorry. Keeping your brain active is key to health and wellness.

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  6. Jacqueline

    Dancing ?

    Also, I teach Silver Sneakers classes and I have one component that’s is for proprioception. We use inflatable balls thrown in different patterns so people have to exercise their brains.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      What a great idea. Keeping the brain active is so very important for good health and balance.

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  7. Melody Rosa

    I used to be a big fan of puzzles growing up I will love to get back into it.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Puzzles are so good for the brain and there are so many really nice ones these days for adults and children.

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  8. sophie64

    Hi Helen, I thank you for the great post. I always find something that useful for me on your post.
    Great tips for dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Keep up your good work, very nice!

    sophie64

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments, glad the tips were of help to you.

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  9. Gerard Ockerse

    Hi Helen

    Thank you for a great and interesting article. I did not know that there were effective apps to help those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Today I think there is an app for anything (lol)

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  10. Craig | UK TV Services Abroad

    Hi Helen,

    Wow! This is interesting. This book, The Biology of Belief sounds like it applies to me. My scenario over the last few years has changed due to several factors. One factor is due to lack of work. We used to call it going “brain-dead” when the grey cells are not exercised appropriately. It could be stress coming from lack of work which in turn is affecting me. I like the re-training ideas I’ll definitely try and make some time to try these. Are these ideas from the book?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Hi Craig, thanks for your comments and yes the book is amazing. As they say if you don’t use Not all the ideas are from the book.

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  11. Hannah

    Hi Helen.

    It makes so much sense that keeping your mind occupied keeps stress and anxiety at bay. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been more busy with work that somehow I’ve been LESS anxious. You would think it would be the other way around that more work would mean more stress, but not at all!

    These are some great tips. Keep up the good work!
    Hannah.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments. Keep your mind occupied does sometimes relieve anxiety, remember there is a difference between anxiety and stress. I am glad your anxiety has become less. Now you know one thing that works for you.

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  12. Sharon

    I agree, I find that my brain constantly needs something to do otherwise I fall into thinking patterns that start to cause me stress (e.g. my very long and ever growing to do list!). I find it challenging to re-train my brain especially when stressful habits are so ingrained and it’s just so easy to fall back into the habit. I think it can certainly be done though as you said!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It can be done. It is a belief system.If you believe it is challenging then it will be. If you believe your brain can be retrained then it will.

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  13. Jeff M.

    I can relate to stress. I have been working on new strategies all the time. I started going to the gym again during lunch and it really breaks up the day and leaves me refreshed to finish the last few hours. I also found that simple breathing techniques can reduce stress and bring a calming feeling to your body.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Going to the gym is a great way to relieve stress and keep yourself healthy. Breathing techniques are also good. Mindfulness breathing helps you focus on what you are doing and not what your brain wants to think about instead. Thanks for your comment.

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  14. Lawrence Gregory

    Hello there

    Such a helpful post.

    It’s great that we can train our brain to relieve stress.

    I have heard of that book but have never read it so I will definitely check it out =)

    Thanks

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It sure is and you will love the book.

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  15. Hal's Review of Body Weighing Scale Ebsite

    Hi Helen,

    I enjoyed this article. Very well written and researched as is the rest of this site. As the son of a man who died of Parkinson’s, I saw first hand how devastating this condition is. So, naturally, I am iterested in learning any way to keep such diseases as Parkinsons, Alzheimers and Dementia – at bay.

    I routinely use several of the methods you have listed with the sole exception of Sudoku. I’m at a totla loss with numbers. But I do enjoy word games, brain teasers and other creative word puzzles. My own website is aimed at baby boomers, so I find articles like this very relevant to my own audience. I’ll bookmark your site and perhaps add a link to it from my site, as you have a very useful resource here for seniors.

    Thank you,
    Hal C

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    1. Helen Vella

      Excellent you would probably also enjoy Bruce Liptons book as he mentions how to avoid getting any type of brain disease. Glad you are keeping your brain active. Like any muscle if you stop using it, it will diminish.

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  16. Rachel

    To be honest, some games are actually stressful -coughs-

    Multiplayer games that encourage competition between players/groups of players are actually stressful. On the other hand, simulation/role-playing games are usually the prime de-stressing games because they are interesting and does not encourage competition.

    Personally, I love solving puzzles as a way to destress. Grid puzzles are my favourites 🙂

    And you forgot to share your favourite way to destress 😛

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    1. Helen Vella

      My favorite way to de stress is to read. The games I were referring to was not the competition games I was referring to Brain Games. Thank you for the feedback and Solving puzzles is a great way to keep your mind challenged and engaged. No time for stress while solving puzzles.

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