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05
Feb

Mental Health Awareness

Imagine working 24/7, no breaks. The body will shut down very soon, probably within a few days.
The mind which multi-tasks day and night does not stop when you go to bed. In fact, your sleep state is affected by the continuous multi-tasking. This causes what we call ‘poor sleep’, ie sleep which does not enter a deep theta/restful place.

Do you regularly wake up tired?

If you answered yes, take stock of how much you multi task during the day and/or night.
In our fast paced society it can be seen as an accomplishment to be a serial multi-tasker.

Fact: multi-tasking is brain damaging.

Reason: The communication between the different brain hemispheres becomes chaotic and fragmented.
Result: Brain fog, indecisiveness, irritation, fatigue, poor physical health.

The art & science of improving mental health

  1. Become aware of the times of day you multi-task the most and note what you are multi-tasking about.
  2. Look at options to minimise the multi-tasking, eg:
    – plan your day before you start your day. Prepare as much as you can prior to commencing your day which will help your flow. This may mean waking up 30 minutes earlier. Do it! It’s worth it.
    – make a priority list. Return to this list throughout the day to keep you focused.
  3. Commit to continue to manage multi-tasking. Some days may be easier than others. Persistence is key.
  4. When it feels like your brain wants to explode….. breathe. Long, slow, deep inhalations and exhalations calms the mind, emotions and heart rate and will allow you to think clearly in a few minutes.
  5. At the end of the day take stock of what you have achieved that day. Have a self-worth journal and write down a few things, no matter how small or large. This act of self acknowledgement is scientifically proven to release up to 1000 stress releasing hormones.
There is no health without mental health” – David Satcher

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