Our brains are considered the most outstanding organ and the greatest bio-technological achievement on the planet.
The problem is, our brains are bombarded with billions of bits of information every single second, but it can only process about two thousand.
Brain on Stress
Did you know that stress can cut your IQ in half? Makes you think eh? Well technically it doesn't.
When we're stressed, our bodies are not in a learning state. Quite the opposite actually. Our bodies stress response begins by releases cortisol and all sorts of other hormones into our blood stream and then sends that blood to our extremities in order to run away from or fight back to the threat. As much as the mind wants to pay attention, our body has other plans. The brain has already begun shutting down the network of brain regions that are responsible for cognitive functioning, including the hippocampus and pre frontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that's most recently developed by humans. It's responsible for our creative mind, and our idea of self.
By now the brain's energy is focused on the amygdala, which is also known as the fear centre.
serves as the central hub for our fear response and .
This is our bodies default mode where the subconscious rules
Meditation is not new. It's an ancient technique that has been around for centuries, just like our ancestral brains. It has been shown to not only help with our state of mind, but can also have serious benefits for our physical bodies and brains.
The use of rosaries, and prayer beads have also been around for centuries as well. They're also known as malas. A mala by definition is a string of beads or knots, used in praying and meditating. Some people like to use prayer stones as their mala. One of the many reasons they are used is to stimulate the nerve endings in your hands in order to help bring the body and mind's awareness to the present moment. When we meditate, the goal is to bring all of our senses and awareness to the present moment. That's why people will lite incense for our sense of smell or use buddhist gongs for a sense of sound. These methods can help regulate our senses and also help concentrate our awareness to the present moment. That's how the bracelet works.
Try meditating with an old soul bracelet. Just consider it a mindful moment. Find a nice spot to sit. Place a bead between your index and thumb or simply put any beads between your fingers, and notice how it kinaesthetically stimulates your touch senses and helps bring your awareness to the present moment. Close your eyes. Focus on how you feel. Take deep, controlled breaths. Relax all the muscles in your body and face. Give it a few minutes to start and see how you feel. Try practicing a few minutes everyday!
Think of it like a tool that can help with mini meditations throughout your day wherever you are.
A great way to get kids excited about meditation!
Everybody knows we need to exercise more in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But we tend to forget that our brains need exercise too.
Movement facilitates learning. It strengthens synapse connections and fires motor neurons in your hand and all the way to your sensory cortex, which physically helps the brain with learning, memory, and proprioception. So when we exercise or do a cognitive demanding task, we are actually strengthening the brain much like a muscle.
Try old soul exercises to not only relieve stress, but help build a better brain, so you can get better at doing what you love. Great for musicians, artists, athletes and anyone looking to improve fine motor skills in a fun new way.
Fidgets are being seen to be a very effective brain tool for certain types of people, especially people with ADHD. They act as a (secondary function) self-regulation tool so that a person can cope with stress levels in order to apply their mind on a cognitive task (primary function).
Fidgets have two main purposes. They can can help with overstimulation, acting as a catalyst for excess energy. Having something to keep your hands busy in an overwhelming environment can help calm the brain down.
And secondly they can help with understimulation. This is important because if a brain has become accustom to high amounts of artificial stimulation, understimulating environments like a class lecture will be even more unbareable for the brain.
There has yet to be a fidget product that offers a practical approach towards cognitive enhancing - until now. Try an old soul bracelet when reading, learning, thinking, traveling, watching netflix, surfing the web, or when hanging with friends and family.
A great way to stay off your phone when you should be concentrating on your surroundings. Think of it as a reminder!
We are spending on average 7 to 9 hours looking at screens. This amount of artificial stimulation can have real effects on how our brains function, especially when it comes to the release of dopamine. It's not easy getting your brain off phones, but it's not by any means impossible. Our brains are plastic, meaning they're capable of being rewired over time. Around two months to be more precise. If you think you need a digital detox, you probably need to start being more conscious of when and how you use your phone. Try not to look at it for the first two hours after you wake up or the last few hours before you go to bed. Too hard for you? Try giving it 30 minutes. Another good discipline to practice is to decide what you're going to do on your phone before you mindlessly open it just to pass the time. Maybe try asking google a good question ?