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Brain Awareness Week. Invest in your brain.

High chronic stress is another brain burden.  Take time to relax – even if you have a lot to do – as pausing will improve your performance. Your brain works best when not overwhelmed by stress. Pausing allows de-stress, shifting thinking processes from being reactive to proactive, allowing time for connections to be made, the development of solutions and an integration of internal and external experiences at a deep level.

Day six.  Make sure you have some down time. Too many of us have forgotten the basic human need to be just be rather than do.  Sit outside, walk in a park, stop in your garden, look at a view, day dream, gaze out a window, simply be in the world. Your brain will function so much better for it.

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