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Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

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Why all work and no play make Jack dull and Jill socially awkward: How to get more play into your day without feeling silly.

Why all work and no play make Jack dull and Jill socially awkward: How to get more play into your day without feeling silly.

Play is good for us and helps us be an optimally functioning human being. But too many of us as adults are play deprived.
Play is useful for reducing some of all the seriousness and gravitas that can weigh us down in our quest to fulfill our duties and achieve our goals as working grown-ups.
Even if you can’t remember what it was like to play, your play trunk is still in the attic crammed full of all the fun things you used to love.

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Re-creating the best version of you, by honouring your non-negotiables

Re-creating the best version of you, by honouring your non-negotiables

We all have them. But we don’t always honour them, even though we know from previous experience we feel so much better when we do.

Your non-negotiables. Those lifestyle habits created by experience and practice, repeated daily, that you’ve come to recognise are what serve you the best to be your best bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self.

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Quiet! The Restorative Sound of Silence

Quiet! The Restorative Sound of Silence

Noise is a stressor. Our brain longs for quiet. It helps to alleviate stress, restores cognitive function, boosts brain health and elevates performance concentration and insight. Celebrating silence is something we often avoid, it can make us feel awkward when there is a lull in the conversation, panicky when exposed to silence in an unusual format or even lonely.
In an increasingly nosy world knowing how to find enough quiet can be tricky, but there are a number of things you can do.

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The most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19

The most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19

While not strictly aligned with brain health or mental wellbeing, I chose to write a blog this week, wearing my medical practitioner hat, about how we can best protect ourselves from the risk of COVID-19 If there’s one place that brings out the germophobe in me, it...

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Happy World Brain Day

Happy World Brain Day

Almost every week new discoveries are challenging how we think the brain works, uncovering the aetiology of some of our most baffling medical problems and uncovering the potential for new treatments for those conditions previously thought to be untreatable.
Here are just five from 2018.

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Five Things You May Not Know About Your Brain

Five Things You May Not Know About Your Brain

It’s brain awareness week and while the irony of the need for the reminder to be aware we have a brain is never lost on me, it’s a great time to celebrate the remarkable discoveries that continue to be unearthed about this remarkable organ that provide us with conscious thought, the ability to love and laugh and to continually challenge and explore our knowledge of how we think, learn and remember.

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