If you think of your body as a computer of sorts, your brain acts as your operating system. It helps you to navigate and make sense of the world around you. The term “brain health” refers to how well your brain is able to perform such tasks as learning, concentrating, remembering, playing and managing your bodily functions.
During times of stress, including during toxic relationships – along with aging and other particularly stressful periods in your life, your brain will work at differing capacities. A number of factors influence your brain’s health or how well it functions and performs its necessary duties. In addition, there are habits and activities you can engage in that can improve your overall brain health.
Your memory is another component that makes up brain health and influences the ways in which you navigate the world. Your memory acts as the filing system of your brain, storing and organizing information learned for later retrieval. Everything you’ve ever learned is stored away in your memory.
Approximately 100 billion neurons come together to form your brain. Over time, the neurons form pathways and connections. These connections occur through synapses, which allow the neurons to communicate with each other. Memories are made as the pathways between neurons are strengthened.
In order to keep your brain and memory functioning in tip-top shape, you need to exercise them and take good care of them regularly.
It’s true. Though the brain isn’t technically a muscle, it has to be taken care of in a manner similar to the ways you work out your muscles and care for the rest of your body.
Over the next 30 days, we will address these methods, along with other information pertinent to getting the most from your mind. It is my desire that, by the end of this month, you’ll feel enthusiastic about the potential your brain holds and will be eager to put your newfound knowledge to work for you.
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This video offers some explanation on how trauma bonding in narcissistic abuse affects our brains.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.