Feeling Tired and Worn Out or full of energy? Neuroscience will point to how you manage your body budget.
It’s February, are you feeling full of energy or tired and worn out? Perhaps it’s time to explore how you are managing your “Body Budget”?
You may be surprised to find that neuroscience has shown that we are a mind-body system where the body and mind influence each other. https://neuroscienceschool.com/2018/08/20/low-energy-heres-what-you-can-do.
That means to have a healthy mind and sufficient energy we need to have a healthy body.
According to Dr. Irena O’Brien, founder of the www.neuroscienceschool.com , the brain’s most important mission is to predict our body’s energy needs in order to keep us alive and well.
How our body maintains stability is called allostasis or our “Body Budget” as Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett has coined the term.
Your body budget is like a bank account where we are continually making withdrawals and deposits. If we make too many withdrawals and are unbalanced we will experience low energy, fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed and so on.
Our brains don’t differentiate between a physical withdrawal from your body budget – working long hours, running a marathon, disordered sleep or a poor diet – or a mental withdrawal such as fear, worry or anxiety. To our brains it is withdrawal from the same system.
According to Dr. O’Brien, neuroscience research indicates that ground zero for human performance is a healthy diet, good quality sleep and regular exercise. If you are eating a poor diet, not exercising or not getting enough good quality sleep you are going to feel awful no matter what self-help tips you follow.
How to restore your body budget? Simple, start with making sure you eat well, exercise and get enough good quality sleep. Doing something that makes you happy such as time with friends, yoga, reading a good book, getting outside going for a walk or hike.
To maintain my body budget:
- Be sure I cover the basics, eat a healthy diet, get good sleep and exercise.
- Make the time to read and meditate and get enough ‘quiet time’.
- Spend time with friends and family, that makes me happy
- Go to the gym, snowshoe and ski in the winter to keep myself energized.
How do you manage your body budget? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Karen Lukanovich is a certified professional and personal coach, Olympian and sport coach who is passionate about helping women achieve their best performances.