Four Best Ways To Depression-Proof Your Brain

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Four Best Ways To Depression-Proof Your Brain

Four Best Ways To Depression-Proof Your Brain:-

Depression has become a global epidemic, and the outlook for the future only gets worse. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, depression will be the second-leading killer only surpassed by heart disease.

Here are some ways to depression-proof your Brain:

1. Slow Things Down.

Learn to slow down and breathe before responding to the stressor so the prefrontal cortex has time to get on board.  This can help for many different types of stressors like when a colleague or partner criticizes you, when you open an unpaid bill, or when you are waiting for a medical test result.

2.  Mindfulness.

It means you deliberately redirect your mind from automatic worries and fears to a compassionate, accepting  “observer”stance. You may think: “Hmm, what’s happening here. Anger is arising in my chest.  I’m tempted to say something mean.  Would that be a helpful thing to do right now?”  Mindfulness works best when you have learned the skill by meditating regularly and practicing a mindful state of mind when you are not stressed. Brain studies show that  more mindful people have better communication between amygdala and prefrontal cortex when reacting to an emotional stressor.

3. Play an Instrument

Whether it’s the saxophone, the piano, or a ukulele, researchers found that playing an instrument for 10 or more years was correlated with better memory in advanced age compared to those who played music for less than 10 years (or not at all). Other research shows that even listening to music can help boost your brainpower. A study from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that listening to baroque music (Vivaldi, Bach) leads to changes in the brain that help with attention and storing events into memory.

4. Find a Sense of Control.

Studies in rats, monkeys, and humans show that our brains and bodies get more stressed out by uncontrollable, unpredictable events than by events we can anticipate and control.  So think about which aspects of this situation you can control and which you can’t and focus your energies on trying to effect change in the things that you can actually influence (while working on mindfully accepting those you can’t).

 

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