- Build Team: Provide structure during your workday and your family time to allow opportunities for joint problem solving and innovating together as a “unit.” Reinforce the idea that “we are in this fight together” by finding and committing to a common mission. Having structure improves focus and productivity, while innovative thinking increases neural efficiency.
- Flex Up to Challenge: Social connections strengthen areas of the brain related to empathy and understanding. It is more important than ever to identify novel ways to stay in touch with your colleagues, friends or family. Prioritizing connectedness in a time of physical distancing enhances your brain and builds resilience.
- Start with Success: When we accomplish something—no matter how small—our brain releases dopamine, which makes us feel good and energized. That surge fuels more success. As our friend and The BrainHealth Project’s international spokesperson Adm. William McRaven urges, “Make your bed.” (Yes, that starts your day with a small, achievable success!) Please watch his UT commencement speech—it is well worth your time.
Thrive Like a Warrior
Dr. Sandra Chapman
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD
Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project