Sculpting Project 24: 7 Essential Brain Nutrients Week 1
I spend a good part of my day in a focused attention finishing a writing project. I am in ‘flow’, lost in time. It is largely satisfying, but I emerge in a fog. What does mind need to do to reach equilibrium?
This focused time is an essential nutrient for my brain, but not the only nutrient I need. My foggy brain is craving the 6 other essential mental nutrients.
The field of interpersonal neurobiology has developed a recommended daily activity diet necessary for optimum mental health .
The 7 Essential Mental Nutrients.
Focus time: When we focus closely on tasks in a goal oriented way and take on challenges that make deep connections in our brains.
Play time: Time to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, makes new connections in our brains.
Connecting Time: Connecting with other people, ideally in person, connecting with the natural world and connecting with God activates and reinforces our brain’s relational circuitry.
Physical Time: When we move our bodies, aerobically if possible, we strengthen our brain in many ways.
Time In: Quiet reflection internally, meditation helps integrate our brains.
Down Time: Time to be non-focused, letting our mind wander and relax helps our brain recharge.
Sleep Time: Giving our brains rest we consolidate learning, embed memories, and recharge.
Q. How often do you need each nutrient/activity?
Q. How much of each nutrient/activity do you need?
A. Amount varies from person to person and from day-to-day. You decide what amount fits your needs.
Tip 1: Some nutrient/activities can be combined. Ex. Connect time and Play time and Physical time.
Tip 2: Even a few minutes of a missing or low nutrient/activity can help your brain.
Sculpting Project 24: 7 Essential Brain Nutrients: Week 1
1: Observe the 7 nutrient activities in your day. Especially note which ones are low or missing.
2: Add a few minutes of a missing or low nutrient/activity to each day.
Check out: The Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr. Daniel Siegel and David Rock.
I finish my focused nutrient of writing and I get up to get some of the physical nutrient. My mind and body want to move.