Ep. 039 – Stress Management: Do Something You Like to Do

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 039 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

In Episode 039, Dr. Trayford talks about one easy and fun way to engage your brain. This tip will also ease your stress levels. It may seem basic, but so many aren’t implementing it enough. Dr. Trayford advises us to do something that we enjoy doing. How’s that for homework? Listen to find out how doing something that you like to do can help your brain. Join us!

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Thanks for listening.

While it might seem a little obvious but for stress management you want to do something you like to do. When you talk about the realm of stress management you would think you’re managing stress so it shouldn’t be stressful right?

Well many people are doing things that are causing them a great amount of stress. If people don’t like to sit in a dark room and meditate and focus on something other than the thoughts that are going through their head. That could be overly stressful for that person.

This is my wife, for example. She does not like to get into a dark place and try to cut out thoughts coming into her head. She’d rather go for a walk or maybe write some things down.

So if something is creating too much stress, it will exceed levels of what we call therapeutic stress. Now certain things should be stressful enough to make certain changes in the brain. Whether it’s stress management or learning a new skill like playing guitar, or learning math. We want a certain level of uncertainty and stress to help our brains to reach a little bit and get to the next level.

When something become cumbersome and becomes something we don’t like to do, then your stress level goes to a whole different place that you don’t need it to be.
So we’re going to talk about, I felt it was important to talk about this before we went any further with these smaller tips, because we’ve talked about journaling, hand warming biofeedback. We’ll talk about another 20 different types of stress management.

The bottom line is finding something that you like to do and then being consistent with it. Something needs to be enjoyable and honestly something that you can do repetitively to gain the benefits that you need to get from it.

Doing something one time, will usually not produce the benefit you’re looking for. So it has to be something you can engage in, enjoy and continue to enjoy as time goes on, finding something that you like to do is really important as we move through these episodes and talk about the various aspects of stress management that you can incorporate into your life.

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