The key to lasting improvement in mental health and well-being, based upon scientific research and personal experience, is all about improving our brain. Specifically, the logical portion, the part responsible for planning and action, self-control, and decision making. And that is the prefrontal cortex. It’s all about using greater logic with our minds to improve our health… hence the name of this platform!
If you think about it, life is all about our thoughts – our decision making. We all know how to be healthy. We know what is good for us (diet, fitness, nutrition, sleep, hydration). So why aren’t we all healthy?
Most of us have heard that chronic stress is bad for us. And we probably know a few ways to reduce our stress. Or know where to learn some stress management techniques (see “Google”). So why are we the most stressed out we’ve ever been in history? Especially when there are so many tools and resources out there that can help?
It’s because we don’t make healthy decisions. We know what to do, but we don’t “feel like it”. Or maybe it doesn’t “feel good” to practice things that are healthy for us. We decide to ignore our bodies’ subtle warnings and to focus on other areas in life that are “more important”.
Or maybe we just don’t have the time. Maybe we just can’t because of (fill in excuse here). Or maybe that line of thinking isn’t based in logic and rationality and that thinking itself is exactly what needs to improve. Or maybe we can find the time. Maybe initially it doesn’t feel good, but it gets better and maybe the pain’s good for us.
Logical Decision Making
The key is to start thinking and behaving more rationally. It’s to make better decisions that aren’t about feelings, assumptions, or prior beliefs, but rather about what’s right, what’s good, and what’s healthy. The key is to work on our brains and our thinking as much as (if not more than) our bodies and muscles. The key is to develop a consistent training routine that improves the brain region responsible for better thinking, rationality, decision making, focus, self-control and planning. It’s like going to the gym. We need to consistently exercise our brains, specifically, the prefrontal cortex.
Everything in life, including health and wellness, boils down to our thoughts, our brains, our decision making. Deciding which action to take, which thoughts to create and accept as beliefs, which emotions to create and hold on to. Work to improve the part of the brain responsible for this, and you will improve your overall mental health and well-being. There are numerous resources on this platform that do just that.
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