Contrary to popular belief our brains are not ‘hard-wired’ as adults – in fact our brains have an innate ability to adapt and change themselves by creating new neural pathways and over-writing others throughout our lives. This process is known as neuroplasticity and means that we can train our brain to lose old habits and behaviours, as well as developing new ones. Harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, you can guide your brain to be more adaptable to modern life and realise its greatest potential. Our brain’s inherited wiring has changed so little over millennia and was designed for us to survive as cave people, however by breaking free of this you could exceed your current expectations and evolve in a way you might not have considered possible.
After the natural physical and hormonal changes to your brain slow down at the age of approximately 25, only proactive stimulation will maintain your brain’s flexibility and growth. Taking up new hobbies or practicing new behaviours will strengthen new pathways whilst weakening old habits. Training your brain to adopt a new skill, for instance learning a new language or musical instrument, might seem difficult and tiring at first but is a great way to develop these new neural pathways and keep your brain more plastic and flexible.
By encouraging our brain’s neuroplasticity, we can not only learn new skills and habits, but actually teach ourselves to become more emotionally intelligent, open-minded and intuitive, overcoming our unconscious biases. For example, by practicing mindfulness regularly you can train your brain to better control emotions and thought processes, helping you focus better.
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