The human brain is the most intricate and complex organ there is. It’s the body’s control centre and affects every part of life. So it follows that for optimum life prospects, brain health and functioning must be increased.
Brain health itself relates to how our brains function across many domains. For example, motor and sensory function, cognition, and social, emotional, and behavioural domains. Indeed, whether disorders are present or absent, if good brain functioning is realised, life potential, and therefore prospects, are improved.
Our experience of the social environment, physical health, close attachments and relationships, as well as the services we have access to, all influence brain development. This impacts how we respond and adapt to stress and hardship, and the kinds of strategies we might use in situations that can affect the life course.
Therefore, optimisation of brain health is necessary. By nurturing brain health, we enhance not only our physical, mental, and emotional health, but we can also create feedback loops. That is, we think, feel, and act in ways that have positive impact on social and economic aspects of life, which in turn boost overall well-being.
Impact to any of the brain’s processes and functions might be a sign of sub-optimal brain health. For example if any of the following are detrimentally affected:
As sure as there are many signs of sub-optimal brain health, there are just as many possible causes. This highlights the complexity of the brain, and its needs.
Some factors include:
There are also a number of lifestyle factors that can impact brain health, including:
At Phinity, we believe in the power of the brain-mind-body connection, which is why we focus on all aspects, taking a truly holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing. If you have concerns with brain functioning, and health, we will work with you to help increase brain health.
We do this by taking a thorough psychological assessment at your initial session. This allows us to understand the contextual and lifestyle factors that may need to be addressed. Once we have this information, we will create a treatment plan, factoring in your needs, for emotional, psychological, brain, and therefore, even physical health.
Your treatment plan may include information about nutrition, supplementation, exercise, as well as talking therapies, depending on your particular needs and goals.
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