Why you should give your brain a spring-clean

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Visualisation

Every day, we’re bombarded with information that competes for our attention and make it hard for us to see the wood for the trees.

Having too much to think about makes us stressed, and in this situation the brain often resorts to survival mode. This instinctive reaction, caused by a rise in cortisol levels, will cause blood to be drawn away from the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for regulating our emotions, thinking creatively and communicating effectively.

If you have a particular goal you want to achieve, simplify things by creating a vision board with visual prompts that reflect that one specific ambition. Research has shown that holding an image in your mind will have a longer-term effect on your behaviour change, because pictures follow different neural pathways than those linked with language and conscious reasoning.

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