We're entering an era called the Epidemic of Overwhelm.
A time when too many people's mental well-being is being stretched through multi-tasking, fragmented attention and information overload.
Optimum mental health and the implications of being out of balance is not taught in schools, colleges or discussed in business.
The result is that we stretch ourselves in ways that may have even bigger implications than an unhealthy physical diet.
The Healthy Mind Platter has seven essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health in daily life.
These seven daily activities make up the full set of ‘mental nutrients' that your brain needs to function at it's best.
By engaging every day in each of these servings, you enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities, which strengthens your brain's internal connections and your connections with other people.
The seven essential daily mental activities are:
When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, which helps make new connections in the brain.
When we connect with other people, ideally in person, or take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, richly activating the brain's relational circuitry.
When we move our bodies, aerobically if possible, which strengthens the brain in many ways.
When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, helping to better integrate the brain.
When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, which helps our brain recharge.
When we give the brain the rest it needs to consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.
Mental wellness is all about giving your brain lots of opportunities to develop in different ways.
The Healthy Mind Platter was created in collaboration by Dr. David Rock , executive director of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Dr. Daniel Siegel , executive director of the Mindsight Institute and clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Why not map out an average day and see what percentage of your time you spend in each area.