How To Overcome Feelings Of Anxiety And Depression
Posted on 12th June 2023
Did you know that, as adults, we continue to produce new neurons in the brain?
🧠 This process is called neurogenesis; it helps us to form new connections and plays a key role in:
▶️ Retaining new information and recalling it later on
▶️ Forming new neural pathways, improving our ability to process information and make decisions
▶️ Boosting our mood and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety
Moreover, studies have shown that adults who engage in activities that promote neurogenesis, such as exercise and cognitive training, have a 𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀.
So it’s worth investing a little but 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀. Here’s how:
👉 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆: physical activity increases the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for memory and learning
.👉 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻: engage in activities that challenge your cognitive abilities, such as learning a new language or taking up a new hobby.
👉 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽: sleep is crucial for the formation of new neurons and the consolidation of memories.
👉 𝗘𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁: a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids promotes neurogenesis.Let's be honest: nothing new here, you've heard that these activities are beneficial for you a million times.
What you might not have considered before, though, is the direct impact that these highly recommended practices can have on your ability to 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻, 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿, 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆.
So if you're lost, stuck in your career or in crisis with important business decisions, add more neurogenesis-promoting activities to your daily routines and 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗰𝗸.
So what little practices can you add (or replace) to your routine to promote your neurogenesis?