Your Healthy Brain

Would you agree that your brain is your most important tool that you will use today? Now, if you are a manual laborer, you might argue that a strong body, controlled by your brain, is your most important tool. But, for most of us that live in the “knowledge worker age,” our brain is vital as we are paid to think, innovate, create and execute.

So, what are you doing to keep your brain healthy and sharp? Napoleon Hill said, “You are more apt to ‘rust’ out your brain from disuse than you are to wear it out from use.” Your brain grows stronger and healthier with use. What can you do today to stretch your brain, improve its health and ensure that it grows rather than rusts? Here are some ideas:

  • Read. Continue to learn. Sign up for online university classes. Acquire a new skill. Pick up a new hobby.
  • Eat the foods that properly feed your brain. Drink water. Beware of caffeine and stimulants.
  • Get the proper sleep that you need, relax, meditate, and reduce stress.
  • Exercise and move! Your brain thrives on the increase of oxygen.
  • Develop friendships and interpersonal relationships. Rich relationships are key to a sharp brain.

Pick two or three ideas to strengthen your brain and schedule them throughout your week!

Contributed by Todd Musig, Productivity Practice, FranklinCovey

Are you “Wired” and “Tired”?

As our work becomes more “global” and our “work/life balance” becomes more blurred and integrated, we must not forget that our bodies and brains need to be recharged with sleep whether we believe that our not.  Click here to read the Wall Street Journal essay, “Decoding the Science of Sleep”.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, Global Practice Leader – Productivity