2016 Brain Bits, Part 2

  Welcome back for part two of 2016 Brain Bits. I had so much information I wanted to share about some of the new and exciting info coming out of the scientific world, I had to do it in two parts. So here we go again.

  Have you ever been on a diet? Silly question? Maybe, but some very interesting research is being done on brain cells and their function and connection to our appetites.

  Researchers are studying the effects on stimulating the cholinergic neurons in mice, this works because mice have similar brain patterns to humans. They've found by activating these cells the mice lost their appetites, even to the point of becoming borderline anorexic. These neurons use the same pathways that nicotine, an appetite suppressant, from cigarettes use. This is why most people will gain weight when they quit smoking. It's interesting to note that diet research has usually focused on the hypothalamus, but these cholinergic neurons are found in the basal forbrain near the Brochas area. So would you take a pill designed to suppress your appetite by activating your brain cells?

  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an avid dog lover, so I found this next story extremely thought-provoking. 

  The School of Life Sciences at the University of London in the United Kingdom has been studying the effects of what dogs do immediately following their training sessions has on their memory. We all know that memories can be very strongly attached to emotions, hearing a certain song can make you instantly nostalgic and bring back great childhood memories, while another piece of music can instantly have a negative effect, conjuring painful emotions surrounding a negative memory. When we're aroused emotionally, in a positive way, our brain releases a number of hormones that may enhance memory consolidation.

  Fascinating but what does this have to do with dog training? The researchers at The University of London have found that when the dogs were vigorously played with for 30 minutes after their intense instruction, they recalled their training better and faster than the dogs who were not played with. So if we follow up our learning activities with positive emotions, stimulating our brains in fun ways will help our brains recall and remember what we've been taught. I don't know about you but my take away from this? Do my work, then go play with my dogs!

  I hope you've enjoyed my Brain Bits for 2016 and if you'd like the details on my resource material from the studies I've referenced, please feel free to message me directly at info@yourbestmindonline.com Now go play with your dog so you'll remember all of this!

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson


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2016 Brain Bits, Part 1

  With so much information coming out of the scientific community on brain research it's easy to get overwhelmed, so I'd like to use today's blog to cover some of the latest and most interesting things coming out of the field now.

  So here we go with some Brain Bits! We all know how important our vitamins are, one that we need the most is D, which we naturally get from the sun but the sun can cause so many detrimental health issues, like premature aging and skin cancers, we're taught to avoid it. But how important is D when it comes to aging?
  The latest research has shown that vitamin D is connected to the longevity gene. Scientists have found that taking the supplement suppresses and can even prevent the accumulation of neurotoxic proteins that are linked to age related disorders like Alzheimer's. Doctors are looking into what might be able to be accomplished with vitamin D therapy. Exciting information, especially with how sun-cautious, and rightfully so, our society has become.

  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is becoming more and more widely recognized and understood. What was once only attributed to war veterans dealing with the aftermath of trauma experienced in theatre, is now seen in all walks of life.

  PTSD in children has had some new examination involving it's affect on the developing brain. A study was conducted in China, investigating the traumatic aftereffects of a devastating earthquake on the children involved. MRIs were done on 47 children who experienced the natural disaster. 24 youths showed signs of PTSD while the other 23 did not, although they had all had similar experiences during the catastrophe. Additional DTI scans were used to read through the brain's white matter, which showed that the children experiencing PTSD had actual brain abnormalities, where the other 23 children showed no irregularities.

  While the subject of pedophilia is not a fun one to discuss there are some very interesting studies being done that may someday help in the prevention sexual offending from those diagnosed as pedophiles. Researchers are finding that there are certain brain alterations between sexual offenders and those who have the improper desires but don't offend. The author of The Human Brain Mapping Study has found that not all people who are diagnosed with pedophilia go on to offend, just as not all child sexual offenders are diagnosed as pedophiles. With the findings from these brain scans there may a broad spectrum of applications, including a method of prevention.

  Fascinating stuff, right? I've got more Brain Bits for you but I'm going to take a short break here. Come back for part 2!

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson
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How to Survive This Time of Year Without Anyone Getting Hurt

  It's the end of the year again, a time when many people are gathering together with family and friends. Unfortunately, it's also a time when depression, anxiety and stress tend to be very high. One of the biggest stresses can be spending time with loved ones that you perhaps don't always get along with, so I'd like to share some tips to hopefully help you "deal with" those dear loved ones and maybe get through this season a bit calmer and happier.

Now you know I'm the "Brain Lady" so I'm of course going to talk about how to help your brain "play well" with the other brains you will be spending your time with over the next month or so. Something that can help us get alone with others, even those who we tend to get upset with every year, is remembering our BPC or our Brain Personality Connection, the science behind what makes us tick. It helps so much to know that the BPC of individuals are not only made up by their unique life experiences and how their brain's have processed those experiences, but the very way their brains are wired on a biochemical level.

There are five main facets to the BPC. The First is Nurture, the way we were raised, who raised us and what kind of environment we grew up in. The Second is Gender, there is a significant difference between the wiring of the male and female brain. The Third is one's Communication Style, how their brain processes information, whether visually, auditory or kinesthetically. The Fourth is your Introversion/Ambiversion/Extroversion Level, how much stimulus your brain craves. And Fifth is the ever fascinating Brain Quadrant Dominance or BQD.

When we understand our brain's natural gifts and those of the important people in our lives, this can certainly reduce stress. If you know why your cousin points out that the turkey is overcooked, because his brain runs on facts and he is simply stating a fact he believes, not trying to insult you, then you can take his comment with a grain of salt and hopefully not personally.

Another important tip to survive stressful times is to make sure you take care of yourself. We know scientifically that negative thinking and stress in our lives have a detrimental effect on our immune systems, making it easier for us to get sick. So it would stand to reason that the better we handle our emotions the better effect it will have on our physical health. Make sure you schedule time for yourself, whether that's getting a massage or pedicure or simply scheduling time every day to breathe and meditate.

If the stresses are coming from not having people around, perhaps because you don't live near family or they have passed away, then plan activities that will put you around people. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or animal rescue. Don't isolate yourself!

Our lives are full of strife on any given day so hopefully these few tips will help you survive not only the end of 2016 but every year to come!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson
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Use Your Brain in Business, Part 3 ~ Male/Female Brain & Introverts/Extroverts

  Is there really a difference between the way men and women think? Do we have different brains? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? You might easily answer a resounding YES. Although we are not from waring planets there is certainly a difference in the way the male and female brains work and it can absolutely effect us in the business world.

We know scientifically that at conception we are all inherently female. At six weeks gestation when the Y chromosome is present, the fetus' brain receives a testosterone chemical bath, not only changing the gender from female to male but changing the wiring as well.

One of the main differences that affect the relationships between men and women is in our speech. According to one study, men tend to speak around 10,000 to 12,000 words a day consisting mainly of nouns, verbs and shorter sentences, while women speak around 48,000 to 52,000 words a day, including adverbs, adjectives and descriptive words. That's a huge difference! So how will knowing this help you in your business life?

Women, when you are speaking to or selling to the male brain remember they have a single purposed mind, like a one way country road. If you are trying to make your point and you don't have their full attention, they will NOT get your message. Arrange a better time for the meeting or see if they can give you their undivided attention at that time. Stay focused, don't jump from point to point, completely cover one main point before moving to the next one and without a lot of unnecessary words.

Men, when you are talking to or selling to the female brain, remember their brain is like a busy freeway interchange system. They love descriptive words and lots of them. And although the male brain may want to stay to the main point your female counterpart wants the big picture with all the details.

Now you have to remember that this is a general rule. The different BQDs, like The Boss (Anterior Left) for example, are single focused as well and don't like flowery details, even within the female mind. But the outlines for the male/female brains are good general rules.

Now what about your introvert/ambivert/extrovert levels? Almost half of the population run right down the middle, the ambiverts with about 30% either going to introvert or the extrovert sides. This is the reticular activating system in the brain, which sets the volume control on incoming data. Your introverts do not need that much stimulus while the extroverts can't get enough! You can pick up on these differences by studying people, especially when they entire a room. An introvert will almost always choose a quiet seat by the door while an extrovert will head straight for the center of the action.

As always, there are so many components that go into how an individuals mind works. Visit my website to learn more and always feel free to email your friendly neighborhood "Brain Lady" directly Julie@brainladyspeaks.com

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson

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Use Your Brain in Business, Part Two ~ Personality & Business

  We all have four main sections in our brains, two in the front and two in the back, two on the right side and two on the left side. Things like words and speech are housed on the left, while pictures and connections to emotions live on the right side. There are also many more neural connections to the limbic system on the right side, which connects our emotions to our immune system, which is the main reason our emotions can have such a strong affect on our health. But that's another blog all together!

Back to our quadrants, according to recent scientific research each of us are "at home" in one of these quadrants. This space is our Brain Quadrant Dominance or BQD. This means that when we are working in our BQD we are using 1/100 of the energy, glucose and oxygen that we do for the remaining three, making the tasks completed there much easier. Anyone can learn to do anything well but there's a big difference between doing something well and doing something easily. But how does this effect your personality and business?

There is SO much information about the brain's quadrants but we're going to do a quick Reader's Digest version here.

Let's start on the left side. The most logical, fact based decision making, non-emotional BQD is the anterior (front) left, the BQD I've labeled The Boss. The Boss is very articulate, literal and to the point in their speech. They are gifted in delegating authority. You need a decision made? Ask The Boss in your life!

Moving down into the posterior (back) left we find The Master Coordinator. This is the file cabinet BQD, the home of spelling and grammar, labels, recalling the names of things and fact based details are housed here. The MC is very good with money, time and the little details in life. They don't like change but love a good, consistent routine.

Jumping over onto the right side and staying in the rear we have the posterior right, The Nurturer. This is home of harmony, the circle of life! This BQD is very connected to nature, is very spiritual, musical and can be seen as dramatic. Connecting all of the things and people in their lives is very important to the posterior right.

Last but certainly not least is the anterior right, The Innovator. This BQD is the BIG picture thinker, this is where imagination is housed, they see the future, everything outside of the box and are innovating inventors, like Leonardo da Vinci. They LOVE change and don't care about the details, they just want to explore the big, wide open picture.

Do you see yourself in any of these BQD's? Have you pegged your loved ones and workmates? Checkout my website to take the complimentary BQD assessment to find out where you are most comfortable and how this information can literally change your personal and work life for the better!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson


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Use Your Brain in Business, Part One ~ How the Brain Communicates

 

  There are five main factors that make up our brains. (1) Nurture, the environment you were brought up in, your parents, your siblings, etc. (2) Gender. (3) Your introversion - extroversion - amberversion level. (4) Your brain quadrant dominance or your BQD, which we will discuss in the second part of this blog. (5) Your communication styles or sensory modalities, which we will focus on here.

  Why is this important in business? Imagine that you send your boss an important note but when you speak to him or her later they have no idea what you're talking about. It's not necessarily that your boss wasn't paying attention, it could be as simple as you said something to him that he needed to see or you showed something to her that she needed to feel.

  There are three sensory modalities, how our brains take in and process information the best. Auditories, making up about 20% of the population, process information best through what they hear. Visuals, which make up the largest part of the population with about 50%. And Kinesthetics, rounding out the population with about 30%. These stats are across the board and don't take gender into consideration.

  Auditories - They need to hear your message. Written messages are good for this modality because reading is actually an auditory source and not a visual. Auditories will notice irritating or odd sounds that others won't pick up on because sounds are amplified for them. Pay attention to their words, make sure the surroundings for your meeting place are free of auditory distractions and use language like, "I hear what you're saying."

  Visuals - This is the majority of the population. Visuals are usually very well put together, their clothing is well coordinated, and they hate things being out of order like a painting on the wall that's not straight. How things look are very important so take care of their visual needs. They will notice things that are out of order on a printed page so put a lot of visual appeal into your presentation or paperwork. Use different kinds of graphs, charts, and colors. Paint the picture for them. Use words like, "I see what you mean."

  Kinesthetics - These are the most neglected sensory preference in western society because we are such a hands off culture. Comfort is everything to the kinesthetic, so you'll need to make them emotionally and physically comfortable. They always pick their furniture, clothes, and even their homes based on comfort. When it comes to handouts, use higher pound paper so it's heavier and feels softer in the hands. Make sure your meeting place has a comfortable feel with warm surroundings and of course comfortable furniture. Keep in mind that they have a heightened sense of smell and a stronger gut response as well. Try to use wording like, "That feels good to me."

  What if you don't know your client's modality? It's always a safe bet to make a multi-sensory presentation, to become strong in all modalities yourself and become a multi-sensory communicator. Do this by practicing using the right wording, hear, feel, touch, see, picture, sound, etc. Write down all of the words connected to each sensory modality separately and practice using them.

  If you'd like to know what your sensory preference is, head to my website and take the quick assessment that's on my home page and feel free to email me. And don't miss part two of this blog to round out the topic of using your brain in business!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson

 

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Positive Parenting Tips: Help to Foster the Brain Power of Your Child
Can What You Eat Effect Your Thinking and Mood?

  Have you ever gone through an emotional experience where you’ve said, “That makes me sick to my stomach.”? Or get excited or anxious about something and feel butterflies in your tummy? Do you trust your “gut feelings” or intuition? There’s an easy answer to why this is…the very real gut connection to the brain.

  We’ve always known there has been this connection but it’s really just been over the last 10 to 15 years that it’s been scientifically proven and found that we have hundreds of millions of neurons in our intestines, or guts. There is such a strong connection that our “guts” are said to be our “second brain.” Now, it’s not nearly as powerful as its cerebral counterpart, there are a mere 1/1000 neurons in the gut comparably to the brain, but there is definitely a biochemical strength there.

  In 2011, the Brain/Body Institute at McMaster University in Ontario did research on mice and how they dealt with stress. They discovered that having upset flora in the stomach could affect their memory. When the researchers introduced Bifidobacterium longum as a supplement, it seemed to increase memory and help the brains of the mice function better.

  Dr. Meyer at UCLA studied 39 female patients divided into 3 groups. 13 were given a probiotic dairy product, 13 a normal dairy product and the other 13 were given a placebo. At the end of the study, the doctor found that the 13 who took the probiotic showed significant change in the function and structure of their brains! Yes, the kind of probiotics you can find in a dozen different yogurt brands at your local supermarket.

  All the information in your second brain or the “gut” neurons travel directly up the vagus nerve to the brain, so the microflora in the gut will absolutely effect our minds and moods. So what can we do to help this effect?

  A great way to start is with a food diary, not necessarily a diary as in counting your calorie intake but keeping track of what you eat and how it makes you feel. Start recording how you feel after each thing that you eat. Does chocolate make you happy? Do you feel sluggish after eating bread? Do you feel sad after eating peanut butter? Pay attention to how your fuel is affecting your brain.

  It’s also important to note that it has been found that an imbalance of the microflora in your gut can have such negative effects as to cause neurological disorders, such as forms of autism and seizures. So we’re not just talking about your mood, we’re talking about the actual structure of your brain.

  So pay attention to your diet. You can also take supplements to help those good probiotics in your tummy, just make sure to pay attention to how they should be stored and their shelf lives. Some probiotics need to be refrigerated and they are a living organisms so they will die after a certain time frame. Just remember to fuel your body with happy foods and your brain will thank you for it.

~ Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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Music Therapy and the Brain/Interview with Music Therapist Tara McConnell

Music Therapy is defined as the use of musical experiences to address non-music treatment goals, such as pain management and anxiety.

The field of study began in the 1950’s after the end of the Second World War. Musicians realized the therapeutic effect that music had on the soldiers they visited and it was quickly realized that this exciting new field needed development and research. The researchers didn’t have the brain scans and subsequent scientific proof in the 50’s that we have now, but they could see the positive influence music had on those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Tara McConnell is a licensed music therapist with 21 years of clinical experience. She runs the MMTS (McConnell Music Therapy Services) in Auburn California and sat down with me to share some details about this exhilarating form of therapy.

She began her career as a young musician and although she loved the effect playing her music had on people, she didn’t enjoy preforming very much. She combined her love for psychology and music and at the last minute chose music therapy as her major in college.

So just what is involved in training to be a musical therapist? Firstly, you need to be a trained musician with skills in varied instruments with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. After completing your education, you must complete a 1,200 hour clinical internship in a clinical or medical setting. Finally, there is a certification board exam and to keep your certification current you are required to complete 100 continuing education units (CEU) every 5 years.

The work of music therapy in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) with preemies is remarkable. Therapists have been using live music near the premature babies and have found it to decrease heart rate and increase their oxygen intake. Their suck response was faster and their stays in the NICU were shorter, all because of live music!

With adults, there is a lot of work being done to help with pain management and decrease the need for pain medications. It also addresses mental health issues, helping with anxiety and depression.

The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, is offering advanced education for music therapists to become neurologic music therapists. Their focus is on stroke patients, Parkinson’s patients and those who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). They use Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) to help patients develop physical stability using music. The results are astounding, people who can’t talk can sing, people who can’t walk can step out of a wheeled chair and balance or even dance, and people who can only shuffle because of the damage from Parkinson’s can take full strides.

Through brain scans we have found that music will connect the damaged pieces of the brain to the healthy pieces. It can actually block pain perception as it will distract your brain from pain and stress.

Music is innate in all of us and is continuing to be further proven to enhance our lives and help us deal with stress, anxiety and even physical pain. So blast your speakers, sing and dance to a healthier you!

Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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Suicide Prevention/Interview with Sarah from Team Meowtones

  The topic of death is never an easy subject to consider.Discussing death caused by suicide is even more taboo and is not often found in daily conversation. However, in 2014 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that there were over 42,000 deaths contributed to suicide. That’s 117 lives a day, an average of 1 person every 12 minutes, just for that one year. In the U.S alone there are over one million suicide attempts annually and is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24. Clearly, it’s something that needs to be discussed.

I interviewed Sarah, a family survivor of suicide. Her brother suffered from depression and anxiety which cumulated in him committing suicide in October of 2012. She now helps others learn how to be proactive in helping those who suffer from clinical depression.

Sarah helps to bring awareness to decrease the stigma surrounding suicide and is helping it become something people talk about more openly. We as a community are willing to talk about cancer or diabetes but we don’t talk about depression and mental illnesses as readily. We often discuss what medications we’re on for high blood pressure or diabetes but find it shameful to admit we take anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medicine. This needs to change as silence is a large part of the problem.

Sarah and her family had so many questions after losing her brother but quickly found help from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in turn now help to educate others. For the survivors, it’s important to know how to care for and deal with the loss. There will be grief, likely a feeling of letting your loved one down, disbelief, feeling that there was something more you should have done, shock, and living with unanswered questions that you will never have the answers to.

It’s important for survivors to connect with other people who have suffered this same loss, such as within a support group. Therapy for yourself is also an option, everyone grieves differently but it is often helpful to speak with a professional.

To help prevent these devastating situations it’s important to remember that people want to stay alive and they often look for opportunities to invite people in to help them. There are signs, cries for help, saying things like “everything will be okay soon” or “it will be over soon.” If you fear for someone you love, use empathy and tact and simply ask if they are contemplating suicide. If they are, be as nonjudgmental as possible, listen, make sure they know you want to help, help them find the proper assistance and know that you can’t take it on by yourself, they most likely need professional help. Don’t avoid those who cry for help, be there, hold their hand and don’t dismiss them as being dramatic or needy.

Help is available, there is the suicide prevention hotline at (800) 273-8255, there are local groups and within the U.S you can always call 911.

~ Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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How What We Eat Effects Our Brains

I was able to interview the amazing Kelly Hill, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, who suffered a stroke at age 44 and was able to make a remarkable recovery because of her nutrition. What a wonderful example of how our diets can affect our brains.

A little bit of the facts first. Over 610,000 women die a year from stroke because of heart disease. That’s more than ALL the cancers combined! Wow! This is obviously something we should be aware of and do all that we can do to prevent. So it’s good for us to know, if we or someone we love suffers from a stroke, how can our diet make a difference?

A little bit about Kelly’s story. She was getting ready to leave her house one day and went to call her dogs into the house. When she shouted for them, all that came out of her mouth was jumbled words, not thinking much of it she continued on with her day. After dropping her child off at school she was suddenly unable to swallow. Not knowing what to think she decided to record her voice but when she played it back she sounded drunk. Suddenly the entire left side of her face began to droop, soon after she was at the E.R. amidst the aftermath of a stroke.

When an MRI was first done on Kelly after her stroke, her doctors found several “dead spots” on her brain but only 1 year later an MRI showed new neuron growth with very little residual results left from the stroke. Kelly’s story has been studied by doctors worldwide, not only because of her survival but because of her rapid and complete recovery. They all attribute her recuperation to one thing…her diet.

So how did she do it? Kelly believes that 80% of our health is based on our diet and the life choices we make, leaving only 20% to genetics, chance, accidents etc. Something that cannot be understated is the importance of water intake, that all important H2O. If fact, by the time you feel thirsty, you are ALREADY dehydrated. Yikes! I agree with Kelly, water really is a “miracle cure” and is essential to a healthy body and brain.

Kelly is also a whole food expert and is certain that “real foods create real results” and that by giving our brain the type of food it needs it is then able to set what the body needs. She teaches about the biochemistry of the body and why some diets work for some people and not for others, what cravings are, and ways to create hormonal balance using nutritious foods. Something else she has discovered that helps a healthy brain is magnesium, just 100mg a day can help decrease the chances of a stroke by 10%.

Kelly has put together some great videos for my followers on her website, therightplan.com/brain. Check them out and learn more about how what we eat can have a positive effect on our brains!

~ Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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Autism Awareness ~ Caring for the Caregiver

What is autism? It’s categorized as a developmental disorder defined by profound impairment in social behavior and communication. Subjects have a hypersensitivity to the information coming into their brains, their volume control is always turned way up so they can be easily overwhelmed and stimulated.

As of 2008, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has classified autism as the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world. In March 2014 in the U.S., it was estimated that 1 out 68 children fall somewhere on the autism scale. It’s very interesting to note that neurological disorders are more common in boys with 1 out 42 boys effected versus 1 out of 89 girls. There are many theories as to why this may be the case. One thought is that male fetuses are more likely to evoke mom’s foreign body reaction because of the presence of the Y chromosome. I won’t get on my soapbox here but there is also the heavily debated vaccine issue. Whatever the causations, autism is dramatically on the rise internationally. It is estimated that 1 percent of the world’s population suffer from autism.

Autism is not only mentally and emotionally draining but financially as well. Statistics show that autism services cost 236 to 262 billion dollars annually. That’s billion with a B!

With all of the stress associated with autism a constant tension can be created on the parent or caregiver, the marriage, and the other children in the family. This anxiety is very bad for the mind and body, it can actually change the structure of the brain. When your brain has the “fight or flight” response it can save your life, but when you’re continually producing this response because of relentless stress, your brain doesn’t have time to recuperate and the stress has an extremely negative effect, it can actually cause cell death in the brain.

So how do caregivers conquer this constant worry? As a caregiver, the first thing to do to improve the situation is to acknowledge is that you have to care for yourself. Secondly, put together a plan on how to deal with the pressure, take breaks for yourself. Make time for each other in your marriage. Never underestimate the power of dating each other. Also, remember to take time for the other children in your family. Network with other parents with similar circumstances. It has been found that being part of support system can slow that stress causing cell death in the brain.

Take time for yourself, take time to move and breathe. It’s scientifically proven that just 10 to 15 minutes of exercise will boost your immune system. Breathe in fresh air and breathe out stress, literally. Set alarms to take breaks just to be breathe. Introduce laughter therapy into your life. YouTube funny TV show clips, your favorite comedians, and small clips from funny movies.

Make time to breathe, move, love, and never estimate the power of laughter!

 

~ Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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Communication Problems? Use Your Brain to Build Your Relationships

If you Google, “solving communication problems” you will get over 240 MILLION results! Amazon has over 401,000 books on communication. Do you think communication issues are common? I think we can all agree that at one point or another we’ve all had some kind of issue communicating with others. But why do we have these frustrating problems? Are we that difficult to understand? Are our loved ones, employees, or work mates that confusing? Surprisingly the answer is simple…no! Our brains just communicate differently.

As always with yours truly, it’s all about the science of the brain, realizing that most of it is just in the way our brains are wired differently and how we see things from different perspectives. When we look at each other this way it can solve a lot of frustrations.

I often talk about our sensory modalities that is how our brains take in information the most efficiently and effectively. There are three modalities, Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. All of our brains process information the best through one of these methods. We all of course process information in many ways but our brains have a strength in one of these manners.

The visuals in our society are in the majority, taking up about 50% of the population across the board. Visuals pick up on those optical ques immediately and are often distracted by them. They often use speech like, “I see what you mean.” They’re usually very well put together, very neat, clean clothes and like their surrounding clean and organized.

Only about 20% of the population fall into the auditory category. These are the readers in society, they love to read! These are the people who will often say, “I hear ya.” Or “That sounds great!” They’ll pick up on things that are said that others won’t or will be tortured by that faint clicking sound in the background that no one else hears. Words are very important to auditories. They need verbal affection (I love you) and instructions, you can’t hint at what you need done you have to say the words and tell them exactly what you need them to do.

Rounding out the categories are your kinesthetics with about 30%. Personally I believe this number is actually much higher. When I do this experiment with a group the number is usually about 50%. This is hard to measure because kinesthetics aren’t honored in American society, they are actually shamed, especially men.

Kinesthetics live by what their guts tell them, they often say things like, “That doesn’t feel right.” Or “My gut is telling me…” Their brains bring in information through all of their senses. They will choose their wardrobe based on comfort and not necessarily style. They’re great at reading a room and getting a sense of someone before even talking to them.

So if we’re able to determine the sensory preferences of those in our lives and learn how their individual brains converse, we may began to do a lot less of just talking and a lot more communicating!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson

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Does Thinking Positive Really Have an Effect on You Physically?


Laugh Is it possible for you to improve your health by just thinking the right way? Well that might just be possible. For the last three decades or so the field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed some very interesting research. Scientist such as Dr. McCelland found that students who watched a 50 minute film designed to induce positive emotions also resulted in a rise in the sigA (Salivary Immunoglobulin A) just through feeling good. Another researcher, Dr. Kathleen Dillon who conducted research at the Western New England College of Medicine found that when you experience humor, for example by watching 30 minutes of humorous tapes, you can actually experience a rise in the sigA. This means that you immune system actual produces a greater number of disease fighting cells just by laughter.

Laughter has also been found to reduce heart disease and has the ability to destress your brain. One hospital conducted research on pain medication and its patients. Patients who had gone through painful knee surgery were split into 2 groups. One group was only allowed to view laughter inducing television while the other group was not allowed to view any funny shows. Over a period of 24 hours the “funny television show” group experienced less pain and pushed the pain killer button less than the “non-funny television” group.

The studies go on and on. Too many to list here. Do a little research. Look up studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology and read some of the results for yourself. I am sure that you will find it quite interesting. In the end whether you believe it or not really, what can it hurt? At the very least your life will be a lot more fun if you laugh more. In closing I quote the words of the very intelligent Elle Woods, the main character in the film Legally Blond. While defending her client by stating that exercise creates endorphins, laughter by the way does the same thing, and “endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands-they just don’t!”

*Laugh, Laugh, Laugh*         

Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson

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Is It Possible to Train Your Brain for Success?

 

If you are active on social media you have most likely noticed that hardly a day, no really hardly an hour goes by without seeing someone post an inspirational or positive thought quote from some key figure from history or a wildly successful person from today. What effect do they have on your brain? Do they really affect your brain in a positive way? Are the highly successful people of the world to credit a measure of that success to their power of thought?

One quote that I am particularly fond of is by Oprah Winfrey who said"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."

If you have read my other articles or listened to the podcasts you know by now that I am a fan of brain power. Now understand that I am not saying that you simply have to "think" success in order for you to have success. Success takes a ton of work. I really do not think Oprah Winfrey gained her level of success by just changing her attitude. I am however saying that by controlling her attitude and maintaining one that is powerfully positive has helped her reach the level of success she has. Look at her life. Did you know that she was at one time fired from her job as news anchor because it was said that she was "unfit for television"? True story! Oprah Winfrey unfit for TV!? Had she allowed that set back in her life to stop her from moving forward in the television field she would never have reached the level of success she has now.

Here is another good example: Walt Disney. I am using him because heis one of my favorite people from the past. He built an empire on an idea that was so innovative and so unique that most people could not even grasp his vision. Yet just a few years before he started to build on his idea of Disneyland, (with its key character a mouse that wears gloves and pants) he was fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas. Yep that's what happened. Again had he allowed this set back to change his attitude from one of vision and determination to one of failure and settling, we would not have the greatest amusement park in history! Okay well at least I believe it is.

The point I am trying to make is that there is a HUGE power in having the right mindset in life and business. There are actual steps that a person can take that will train their brain to think with success in mind. You can train your brain to think in such a positive way that despite the setbacks or disappointments in life you can overcome, learn from, and train your brain to work its way through it!

So I challenge you to start out every day with a positive thought. Put uppositive sayings of success allover your home. Repeat those statements of success every day and your brain will get it and support you in your journey to the top of whatever mountain you wish you climb.

Think Positive-Be Positive-and Positive Things WILL happen!

Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson 

 

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Is Negativity Killing You???

Can your thoughts actually have a negative effect your health? Science says yes. Through the study of psychoneuroimmunology science helps us to see just how devastating negative thoughts and persistent stress will undeniably have on your health. From the reduction of white blood cells to the damage that can take place to your DNA strands. The effect that negative emotions can have on you physically can be devastating.

For example, take a look at what happens when your brain senses fear. A message goes to the amygdala that induces the fight or flight, conserve or withdrawal response in the brain. When this happens the body gets flushed with adrenalin and glucocorticoids. As a result the body can respond quickly, move fast, and flee from or protect itself from danger. This is a good thing-in the moment. The interesting thing is that the brain cannot distinguish from real or perceived danger. It will react the same way if you are nervous because you need to stand in front of a room of people and make a presentation.

According to Robert Sapolsky, a neuroendocrinology from Stanford University, this constant action in your body can have a devastating effect on your physical health. Even leading to premature aging of the brain.

Other researchers, like Elizabeth Blackburn, a biologist from San Rafael, CA has noted that extreme prolonged stress can greatly increase the aging and deteriorating of the telomeres that protect your DNA.  This can cause for each year of chronic stress to equal 6 years of cell aging. Imagine that! This means that if you are under 10 years of high stress that produces negative thoughts and feelings your cells can actually age up to 60 years!

Hopefully this is enough evidence to encourage you to make active changes in your life. Here are some tips to get going in the right direction.

1)      Take stock of the things in your life that induce negative thinking and stress.

2)      Once you have identified them make a plan for reducing or getting rid of the source all together.

3)      For those things that can’t be removed design a plan for how to deal with them in a positive way.

4)      Join a support group or group with like-minded people who share similar circumstances, somewhere you can go to be understood and supported.

5)      Surround yourself with positive thoughts and things that make you smile.

6)      Take a break! Sometimes the greatest thing you can do to help you deal with stresses in your life is take some time to do something fun or relaxing to give you a recharge.

In the end, realize that maintaining a positive mindset is not just about making life more enjoyable, it’s also about making it last! 

*SMILE*

Julie “Brain Lady” Anderson

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