Over the past 18 months, mental health has become a hot topic both at home and in the office. Employers are suddenly more in tune with their employees, and parents are more aware of their own mental health and their children’s. Whether you’ve been dealing with mental health issues all your life or if it’s a recent discovery for you, Grey Matters of Carmel can help.
Neurofeedback training encourages your brain to create healthy, stable neural pathways. During each session, we train your brain using a decades-old database collection of neurotypical brain maps for people your age. These new healthy pathways can help your brain deal with stress and anxiety and help it maintain that balanced, calm state you’ve been looking for. Yet, we can’t do all the work for you, so here are five things you can do to help boost your neurofeedback training.
Allow Yourself to Rest
It’s normal for you to be mentally exhausted during certain parts of your training, which is why we encourage everyone to rest. This means getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night and letting your mind rest whenever you can. If you have to (or can) take a nap during the day, do so. If reading a new book on a Saturday afternoon is your definition of rest – do it! No matter how you define rest, making time for it can be critical for your neurofeedback success. Neurofeedback training is just like exercising your body, and feeling tired is a normal, healthy part of the process.
Journaling your way through neurofeedback is a great way to process many of the complex emotions and feelings that can arise during your training. If you’ve experienced any trauma, your brain is likely to go through emotional boxes on its way to healing. Training your anxious brain against a neurotypical database means that you’ll likely have thoughts and feelings you’ll want to document. Even just documenting your experience before, during, and after a session is a great way to map your progress and see the change in your mental clarity and how you handle any stress from daily life.
We all know that exercise is excellent for the physical body, but it’s also great for boosting your neurofeedback training. Daily stress is unavoidable, so exercise is a great way to clear your mind, boost your endorphins, and remove you from the stress for 30-60 minutes. Time away from the thing or project that’s causing you anxiety can help you see it in a new light or encourage your brain to develop a creative solution. Exercise isn’t just for building muscle mass; it’s also essential for your mental health.
Avoid Caffeine Before Training
Trust us; we get it! That daily dose of caffeine is critical for getting your day started, but it won’t help boost your neurofeedback training. Caffeine will make you feel awake, but it can also make you feel jittery and anxious. When you drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage before your training, your brain is already on a high, making it more challenging to train. This doesn’t mean you can’t train your brain; it just means you’re more likely to feel anxious during your session, and your time in our chair won’t be as effective. It would be best if you came to each session without a brain that’s wired on caffeine.
Train as a Household
Humans are social creatures, and accountability is critical to your success, whether it be with exercise, diet, or neurofeedback. If you’re looking to boost your training, then get the entire family signed up! Not only will you all notice changes in each other, but it will be a more effective way to get all your sessions in. It’s kind of hard to miss your own appointment when you’re the one responsible for getting the kids to theirs.
Start Neurofeedback Training Today!
Stop living with that brain fog, anxiety, depression, migraines, or ADD/ADHD. There is hope, and a better you is right around the corner. If you’re ready to discover a life without medications or mental health symptoms, then call Grey Matters of Carmel for a free consultation and start your neurofeedback training today! Dial (317) 215-7208.