KAY COOKE: THE HAPPY BRAIN TRAINER

Luxe checks in with mind coach, brain trainer and author, Kay Cooke, on how to drive creativity in our minds and bodies during these turbulent times...

In these turbulent times it’s vital that we all remember we are in charge of creating, driving and maintaining our minds and bodies. So let’s take care of our wellbeing with a renewed sense of importance and some simple skills that boost our ‘thrive drives’, on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose.

When the brain wants to stay in (predictable) states of stress, a bio-hack is required to boost wellbeing. Sometimes you have to break through stress and teach your brain new patterns. You can influence it your body-mind – here’s how…

 

Happy Brain Training Tip #1:

Boost your natural state of wellbeing with a focus on endorphins.

Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. They work similarly to a class of drugs called opioids, which relieve pain and can produce a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins are often referred to as nature’s ‘high’. If you are an athlete, you may have experienced what is known as the ‘runner’s high’.

Importantly, endorphins help you feel good and we all need some of that right now. Promote your brain’s pharmaceutical capabilities through walking, dancing, exercise and laughter.

 

Music Makes Moods!

Enhance the environmental influence in your home by choosing background music that either soothes or stimulates. You can even get creative with it…

– Foot tap or walk in dance or musical rhythm
– Walk up and down the stairs to different genres of music
– Take a walk (or run) using different foot patterns for example, the ‘fibonacci’ sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34)

Whether you have children at home or not, check out the mind-expanding learning opportunities of foot tapping or walking to the ‘fibonacci’ beat; estimate the angles of footprint patterns and explore the lower body biomechanics of changing footprint angles.

 

Laughter is a gift to others

– Take a daily dose of audio-visual (e.g. movie or TV series) that leaves you laughing. Or listen to humorous podcasts during lunch
Find and dust off that old joke book and dive in to share some humour
– Deliberately mismatch/mis-wear your clothes, especially for those Zoom team meetings!

FACT! Your body and mind is one pretty amazing system that communicates within itself and also with the outside world.
FACT! Sensory experience stimulates electro-chemical signals that cascade throughout your nervous system.
FACT! Your body and mind in ‘stress’ is depleted and reverts to known (safe) patterns of familiarity.
FACT! Your body and mind in ‘thrive’ is filled with amazing capabilities and potentials. 

Take care of your wellbeing with a renewed sense of importance and practise these simple skills to boost your ‘thrive drives’, on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose!

Kay Cooke x


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