Time to get a Brain Wash...
What do you do with the time that you spend in a car? If you are in a car with someone else, you are probably having a conversation. Most people, if they are alone in a car, are probably listening to music. Some may be catching up with friends or family with a quick phone call. For as long as I can remember I spend the majority of that time with a podcast or an audiobook.
Earlier this week I finished listening to a great book called Brain Wash, by Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter. The focus of the book is on teaching people how they can break some of their daily habits that have a negative impact on their brain and body.
In this book, the Drs. Perlmutter discuss a syndrome that they have labeled Disconnection Syndrome. They discuss the paradox of having constant access to an infinite number of things that should make us feel happier and more connected, yet we, as a society, are more stressed, anxious, and lonely.
In Brain Wash, the authors explain that Disconnection Syndrome is comprised of 8 characteristics - impulsivity, instant gratification, chronic inflammation, chronic stress, loneliness, mindless activity, narcissism, and poor relationships.
The authors discussed the impact that the constant bombardment of negative news can have on our mental health. They talked about the impact that refined carbohydrates can have on the inflammation in our bodies. In short, they really discussed the impact that the 5 Pillars of Health (Sleep, Nutrition, Hydration, Exercise, Mental Health) that I wrote about earlier this year and how each of them has a direct impact on our mental health, which has a direct impact on our physical health.
The authors discuss a simple plan to start the process of resetting your mental health. Their 10 day plan focuses on decreasing our digital consumption, practicing empathy and gratitude, getting out and spending time in nature, taking control over your nutrition, improving your sleep hygeine, exercising more, meditating, and spending quality time with family and friends. Does this stuff sound familiar? This list seems pretty simple, but if you can improve one, or all, of these areas, you may just see a positive change in your mental health.
Start with one and see how making a small change can have a big impact!
Movement is my medicine,