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How to give your brain a rest: 4 scientifically proven ways

The brain needs to rest

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The brain needs to rest. After a break, your creative thinking will work better, your activities will begin to bring pleasure again, and it will become easier to make decisions. But what can be done to make the brain still rest? We understand this material.

The brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons (nerve cells), and each of them can have between 50,000 and 100,000 connections to other neurons. The brain sends and receives chemical and electrical signals throughout the body.

These signals are transmitted by neurotransmitters such as endorphin or acetylcholine. The reserves of neurotransmitters in the body are not unlimited – with continuous work they become less, and the brain needs time to rest to replenish the reserve.

The best stores of neurotransmitters are replenished during sleep. According to Rospotrebnadzor, 45% of adults do not get enough sleep.

Although sleep hygiene problems are widespread, they are not that difficult to solve. In order for the brain to fully rest, it is enough to follow the basic principles of healthy sleep: sleep 7–9 hours at night , regularly ventilate the bedroom and make sure that it is dark in it . And if there is no way to curtain the windows, use a sleep mask.

Restoration of the brain, that is, the replenishment of the supply of neurotransmitters, fully occurs only in a dream. But not every entrepreneur can afford to sleep at least seven hours every night. What if you were one of them? Besides sleep, there are other ways to refresh your brain. Ideally, they should complement healthy sleep, but in the realities of modern life, they can be beneficial on their own.

  1. Spend time outdoors

    One of the main causes of fatigue for the brain is chronic stress, which can affect health and lead to psychological problems. To avoid this, you need to spend at least 20 minutes every day on the street, ideally in a forest or park.

    Being outdoors will allow you to get enough physical activity, raise your vitamin D levels, and improve your brain’s ability to concentrate and focus.

  2. Switch to another activity or start something new
    Not everyone likes change, but even a change in daily routine, a new hobby, or a good habit can refresh the brain. The fact is that the brain gets used to the established patterns and, working in accordance with them, gets even more tired. And unexpected challenges, on the contrary, stimulate the brain and thereby reduce fatigue.
  3. Spend less time on social media

    Sometimes it seems that scrolling through social media feeds is a great way to turn off your head and take a break from work. In fact, social networks create a lot of stress for the body, which means they load the brain. A large amount of emotionally loaded information and the flow of news are not always encouraging.

    The best thing to do is to discourage yourself from rushing to check your friends feeds at the first opportunity and limit your time on social media.

  4. Try meditation
    Meditation helps you focus, control work-related anxiety, and get rid of intrusive thoughts that cause stress. They also reduce overall levels of anxiety.