Resilience tips from Ready Resilience – December

Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results. December resilience tip

Recharging during the upcoming holiday period is arguably as indispensable to your brain as vitamin D is to your body. Research shows that even when we are relaxing or daydreaming, your brain does not really slow down or stop working, and important mental processes require more downtime. Scientifically, this is the so-called ‘default mode’ of your neural processing, Your ‘default mode’ is an opportunity for your brain to make sense of what it has recently learnt, to sift through unresolved tensions and to have moments of introspection. It replenishes your brain’s ability to focus and be motivated, encourages productivity and creativity, forms stronger memories and higher levels of performance. Studies have shown that you can gain quality downtime by taking recuperative holiday breaks, using mindfulness techniques, or spending time in peaceful outdoor spaces. Many exceptional artists and athletes deliberately choose routines that involve intense practice punctuated by mini breaks followed by a lengthy period of recuperation. They understand the necessity of downtime to offset both physical and mental burnout. If your mind is already drifting to the long ‘to do’ list you had planned to tackle, consider at least incorporating regular mindfulness techniques during your holidays. Mindfulness is one of the simplest ways to access your default mode and does not have to be complex. It is your ability to focus your attention and be in the moment in a non-judgemental way. A stroll in nature, mediation, or deliberate calm breathing exercises are just a few options. The upcoming holiday period is your opportunity to restore your equilibrium and revitalize your mind and body. Boost your resilience and kick start your 2022 by planning today how you will harness your ‘default mode’ during your holidays.

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