Seven Key factors
1 / There is a reason you love your sleep! That gorgeous deep stage of sleep that you love engages brain regeneration and detoxification through beautiful star-shaped cells named astrocytes. Astrocytes take the metabolic by-products from active neurons in the brain and transfer them to the blood stream for elimination, and thus protect against dementia. How do you achieve that deep sleep? That is something that needs to be well understood. In ILLUMINE wellness planning we’ll teach you how deepne slepe through a variety of evidence-based techniques.
2 / Exercise is such an amazing way to create a strong foundation for health. Exercise improves cognitive processes, helps create and reset your mitochondria, boosts endorphins, clears the mind, cycles anxiety-producing chemicals out of your system, and so much more. Studies have shown that regular cardiovascular exercise reduces cognitive decline, and improves overall health and mood. Exercise is key to creating energy so that your mind can function at peak performance levels.
3 / Nutrition is a significant part of brain health. We really are what we eat. The food you eat - the kind of food, the quality, the way we take it in - supports the creation of neurochemicals, the efficiency of electric signalling in the brain, and the health of your gut and thus the quality of your mood and concentration. We will review some options for nutritional brain support in ILLUMINE wellness sessions, with the option for a referral to some excellent functional medicine doctors should you wish for more detail.
4 / Mindfulness is popular for a reason - it counters the stresses and strains of our busy lives. Did you know that stress actually decreases the numbers of branches on a neuron thus decreases the neurons ability, literally, to reach out and connect to other neurons? This leads to decreased ability to learn and function, and may be the source of the "brain fog" of stress. Mindfulness helps to reduce stress, clear the mind of excess activity, and reset brain rhythms. You then develop a clear focus, and a heightened awareness which leads to more sophisticated decision-making. With this mental balance, emotions become elements that add texture to your life, rather than distractions that pull you off course. Your physiology becomes more balanced, which we call homestasis in medicine. By reducing stress, there is also create a slimmer and trimmer waistline when cortisol levels return to a healthy level.
5 / Psychological health is deeply important. How you see your world, leads to how you react and then choose action. With expert guidance, profound shifts can occur in your conscious and subconscious. Different layers of the psyche hold beliefs about your self and about the world that hinder you or free you to live your dream life. In ILLUMINE sessions, we adventure in the land of your psychological truths, and inquire into beliefs that may be hindering you. Techniques that I have trained for years in then allow you to decide how to shift a belief to create a new belief that supports your personal growth. You literally change the way you brain cells communicate with each other. You create a new architecture in your brain. Neural networks form when you are young, and these act like camera lens filters on the world, without you even being aware of them. In psychotherapy, we help you see these filters for the first time, so that you can identify them, and let them no longer run your life. This allows you to see and act on opportunities for greater success. Although ILLUMINE wellness sessions are not psychiatric care, they incorporate techniques from psychotherapy that help you re-design your mind. This allows you to see new possibilities for success in your wellness, health, personal relationships, career, and life purpose. *
6 / Nature and the powerful beauty of wild places on our planet are potent game changes when in comes to the high performance mind and body. In "Blue Mind", Wallace J. Nichols talks of a state of mind that he calls Blue Mind. The blue mind state, which is evidence-based and supported by science, creates greater peace and clarity. For example, emerging research shows that surfing improves mood, energy, and sleep. The ocean has a powerful ability to settle the mind, even healing those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese name for "forest walking", is used in Japan to reduce stress. Heart and immune health improve with forest walking, to the extent that the Japanese government funds forest walking programs for the general public. Tiny molecules in the forest, called phytonocides, actually trigger our immune system to create more cells that kill off cells that harm our health. For the mind, the reduction in stress allows for more effective work habits and decision-making.
7 / Energy, is the seventh factor. Energy medicine is still considered a non-scientific field; however, studies on the electromagnetic fields of the brain and heart are increasingly finding evidence for an energetic aspect to health and wellness. We are beginning to understand that there are important subtle energies that impact mind and body health. In rTMS research, applying a strong electromagnetic field to the outside of the head, changes mood. rTMS also changes decision making - an applied electromagnetic field actually effects how a person is motivated towards one decision versus another. The field of electromagnetic health is also developing in neurofeedback, energy medicine, biofield healing, vibrational medicine, and shamanic medicine. Although shamanic medicine is far removed from the western model, there are studies showing that shamanic healing treats formerly chronic conditions that western allopathic medicine has not been able to cure. A component of this may be the intermittent fasting and whole foods diet that is part of the programs being studied. For example, Alberto Villoldo works with neuroscientists and shamans, to revitalize the brain and mind, and Stanford and Yale are working with a Harvard-trained physician at two clinics in Peru and Ecuador, to treat illnesses that western medicine can not cure. The world of the more subtle energies of the body, and the blend of ancient practices with cutting edge neuroimaging and detecting equipment, may help change how we view illness and health. However, this is not a yet accredited area, so it remains to be seen how these potential areas of wisdom can heal and optimize your body and mind. Although it will take time to provide enough scientific evidence to use these areas in formal medicine, the opportunity exists for you to try some of the non-harming principles that assist with deeper meditation and focus, and note what benefits you.
The above seven factors, are key to creating that serene state of the clear mind, and learning how to adapt to the waves of different challenges that come your way. I would love to coach you through this journey! If you are interested, book a session and I look forward to meeting you!