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Integrate Your Brain and Improve Your Overall Well-Being

Are you looking to improve your overall well-being and become more resilient? Let's take a look at integrating your brain. Before we zoom in, step back and think about times in your life when you focused on the idea of integrating. Perhaps you were working on integrating into a new community, a new place, or an environment? The commonality throughout is that you were working to unite with something bigger than yourself. In a way, you were working to harmonize and be in tune with everything around you.

According to Merriam-Webster, the word, integrate, means "to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole...to unite." An integrated brain is just that; it's when all of the different parts of your brain can communicate well with each other. An integrated brain determines how you move through the world, work through challenging situations, and become resilient to life's stressors.

Now let's zoom in on the intricate parts of your brain. One, in particular, is your connectome. The best way to conceptualize your connectome is to visualize a complex map or a web of overlapping lines. This intricate web maps all of the neural connections in your nervous system, also known as your body's command center, when it comes to controlling movements, thoughts, actions, and even your automated responses.

However, people don't always realize that you can reprogram your connectome. Do you want to be more mindful and more resilient? Focus on transforming those intricate connections "...to move the brain to a more integrated, harmonious way of functioning."

So how do we do that?

According to Dr. Dan Siegal, the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, one of the best and most efficient ways that you can do this is to practice meditating. This practice not only strengthens the communications between different parts of your brain, but according to the popular meditation platform, Calm, it also "...increases our ability to regulate intense emotions and stress." Additionally, mindfulness and meditation rewires your brain to be flexible and adaptive. We call that resilience.

But wait, it gets better. Training the mind with meditation allows you to be in better physical health, more focused, present in your surroundings, find harmony in the world around you, and experience less burnout. Take it to the next level by creating a daily routine around gratitude and kind intentions.

Don't know where to start? Here's a great tip from our very own, Greg Zlevor, on practicing gratitude.

For more innovative ways to improve your overall well-being, dive into our Leadership Library for tools and more!

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