How Brain Training Can Help Your Mental Health and Wellness

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies in shape. We exercise to maintain our physical health and eat right to fuel our bodies with the nutrients they need. But what about our brains? Just like our muscles, our brains need regular exercise to stay sharp.

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We all know how important it is to keep our bodies in shape. We exercise to maintain our physical health and eat right to fuel our bodies with the nutrients they need. But what about our brains? Just like our muscles, our brains need regular exercise to stay sharp. That’s why brain training is so important. Brain training helps improve memory and cognitive skills and can even help prevent Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias.

Brain training is a popular notion nowadays as people look for ways to maximize their mental performance and keep up with the busy pace of life. With apps that target improving focus, memory, processing speed, problem-solving accuracy, and more, brain training offers a number of potential benefits. A relatively newer type of brain training is one with which you will likely be familiar – it is the type of brain training to keep us mentally strong and resilient. This type of resilience training can help you take control of your emotions, increase your tolerance and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The brain can change over time

Why brain training? Although the brain is considered a static organ, it is surprisingly malleable. In fact, neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change—is one of the fundamental principles upon which learning is based. This means that you can improve your mental health by using simple daily exercises to change your brain’s activity patterns and strengthen specific neural connections. We all know by now that trauma can change our brain, however, we don’t speak enough about the fact that we can also change it in the direction that we want.

What is neuroplasticity in layman’s terms?

Imagine neuroplasticity like a long field of grass with only one trodden-down path that is walked regularly. That is how our brain works – it takes the easy and trodden-down path, even if it is maladaptive. The brain has little judgment on how and what it’s doing, just that it is getting the job done. Our brain keeps us safe in the easiest way it knows how. This is why we may have anxiety responses to non-life-threatening situations and keep reverting back to old and unhelpful habits.

The goal of brain training is to slowly but surely walk a new and more helpful path. With the help of researchers, the more we commit to this training, the more the grass gets trodden down. The less we use the old path, it slowly starts to grow back and soon, the new path is the default one the brain will take as it is the easier way! Makes sense right?

That is the premise of mental strengthening brain training. It teaches our brains these skills in subtle let effective ways that significantly increase our quality of life and reduce symptoms and suffering.

There are many apps on the market for mental health

Most focus on mindfulness and breathing to help regulate emotions and increase our coping skills.

At Mindspace Training we have the app Driven Created by neuroscientists and mental health researchers, the Driven app puts all the brain-training techniques in one spot, so there is no need for multiple apps or subscriptions.

The Driven app has no lock-in and subscription-free options. You begin access to the app by completing a 3-minute quiz. The app then tailors a training program just for you and your needs. There are mounds of research you can find in our resources section of the website – however if you want the TLDR version:

  • Brain training does work and can help improve your emotional regulation, memory, coping skills, tolerance and learning capacity
  • Resilience Brain training can actually stop mental illness from occurring, or reduce current mental illness symptoms
  • This Driven training is based on peer-reviewed research and is always being updated with activities, newer research, and the best and quickest methods to see results
  • Improvement is assessable by a 3-minute quiz so you can track your progress over time
  • Brain training is for everyone – here are some people who can benefit from brain training:
  1. Students – Our app provides brain training for students who want to increase their stress tolerance for assessments and exams, as well as increase the effectiveness of study. Improve your working memory and retention of knowledge under pressure.
  2. Busy people – brain training for people on the go. Commitment is only 5-minutes a day to see results and can be done anywhere, anytime
  3. Parents – these brain-training skills help with your own parenting but are also tangible concepts that can be taught to kids to create resilience and mentally strong children
  4. Business owners – owning a business is a stress like no other, our brain-training app is a small investment in yourself to ensure you are working at maximum efficiency, prioritising correctly, and working efficiently
  5. Military or First Responders – we have a specialised and free embedded course called HART (High Adversity Resilience Training) made specifically for military and first responders. This training, along with the general content allows you to learn the skills required to thrive, not survive in your work environments and at home
  6. Carers – this training for carers is made accessible and achievable to ensure coping skills are built and current symptoms of stress, burnout, and mental illness are significantly reduced. So much of a carer’s life is spent thinking of others, this is an investment in you that you won’t regret.

There is so much on the market. When it comes to the question of what brain training and mental health apps are the best, there are a few things for you to consider like, cost, subscription or lock-in, time commitment, quality of research behind the program and results.

Final thoughts

No matter where you source your brain training, in today’s face-paced world, we all need to be doing it. Everyone can benefit from training their brain to cope better. This allows for reduced suffering, better relationships, better work-life satisfaction, and even better parenting! We know the importance of looking after our body – why are we not looking after our brain the same way?

About the author

Angela Harrisonis the founder of Mindspace Training and has been working in the mental health industry for over 7 years. She is a resiliency specialist and is passionate about changing the way society approaches mental health. Her mission is to move from reaction to prevention; giving people back the power to create wellness for themselves.

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