UNDERSTANDING NEUROPLASTICITY AND 4 BASIC STEPS TO APPLY


The human brain, the most important control center, allows man to do live his life, to do his work and to make the steps towards his future. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change and strengthen neural networks in response to repetitive stimuli. Due to this property, the brain is able to achieve serious changes.


Neurology tells us that neurons can change shape, create new synapses, and build new pathways in the brain to allow adaptation to continue throughout life.


Neuroplasticity can be reduced or supported based on a range of interacting factors, including physical and psychosocial stimulation in the environment, medications, diet and exercise, stress, growth factors, training, and the aging process.


Defining, but also stimulating and inspiring in itself is the definition of neuroplasticity, namely the ability of the brain to constantly change in response to all our experiences.


We can look at the most practical methods used by people interested in self-improvement of neuroplasticity.



1. Identify the sources of stress in everyday life and determine who you can deal with, who you can reduce and what are actually problems that you need to pay attention to and take steps to solve it.


Chronic stress has a toxic effect on the brain.


One of the most visible effects of the environment on neuroplasticity is the well-studied phenomenon of dendritic contraction on neurons in the hippocampus as a result of exposure to chronic stress. There are stressors that affect complex parts of our lives and that deserve special attention to be resolved. But there are also many stressors that are difficult to spot, slow to recognize, but easy to reduce.


2. Reevaluate your relationships with loved ones and the people who surrounds you.


Better and harmonious relationships lead to improved neuroplasticity. Is there anything you know that you can change in your behavior and bring with it better understanding and better communication with others?


Traumatic relationships create unfavorable conditions for brain change. The feeling of being understood by others creates very favorable conditions for the brain to learn and other mental activities.


First of all, let us look at the Brain as a social organ for which all negative social interactions will reduce its ability to respond productively in every area of life.


3. Meditate.


As the choice of technique is fully consistent with your understandings and values. Studies show that people who engage in various meditative techniques enjoy improved attention and memory, concentration, and reduced stress levels.


4. Welcome the new, the unexpected and the unknown.


The ability to learn, to absorb new information, to get excited about new, unknown things, is one of the most effective ways to provide the brain with a favorable environment for development.


Learning new skills, such as a new language, a new dance, a new musical instrument, leads to the creation of new pathways, connections and the connection to new neurons.


It is not necessary to make general changes, sometimes it is not even necessary at all. Even small steps, steps and changes in daily life are important elements of the path to health.


Purposeful and conscious consistency will be rewarded and is very likely to lead you to the desired cognitive benefits.