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Healthy Brain Function

Knowledge Building:

“Feel good hormones” are hormones and neurotransmitters that are nicknamed because of the happy and euphoric feelings they produce. They affect your mind, mood, and body.

  • Dopamine: helps people feel pleasure as a part of the brain’s reward system. Connected to learning and attention, mood, movement, sleep, pain processing and heart rate
  • Serotonin: responsible for boosting mood and also connected to memory, fear, stress, digestion, sleep, breathing, body temperature and addiction. 
  • Endorphins: are released in response to pain or stress so they are known as the body’s natural pain killers. Released by exercise, meditation, laughter and music. 
  • Oxytocin: is released during intimate social interactions with loved ones. It stimulates relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, and fosters trust and psychological stability.

-Source: Harvard Health

In today’s video, we’ll explore 3 key strategies to help leaders develop practices for healthy brain functioning:

Strategy 1: Prioritize Self-Care

Make self-care a priority by ensuring you get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated, and manage stress effectively. Healthy bodies promote mental clarity, productivity, and quality of work.

Strategy 2: Regular Exercise

Incorporate regular physical exercise into your routine to boost mood, improve cognitive function, and enhance overall brain health.

Strategy 3: Stimulate Cognitive Function

Consistently challenge your brain with activities like reading, puzzles, and learning new skills to boost cognitive function and enhance leadership effectiveness.

By prioritizing self-care, regular exercise, and cognitive stimulation, leaders can support healthy brain functioning and improve their overall well-being and leadership capabilities.

Activity

Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment:(Required)
Rate your current ability to cultivate flexiblity 1-5 (5 highest).

Challenge

Complete 2 Cognitive Check In Exercises this week. Upload your worksheet to the Fusion LMS.