With technology use increasing day by day, we are faced with the fear of a diminished sense of self. These psychological problems can be related to whether our mind is healthy. The Healthy Mind Platter, created by David Rock and Dr. Daniel J. Siegel provides a baseline metric on what a healthy mind constitutes.
Based off of the concept of a healthy meal plan, David Rock and Dr. Daniel J. Siegel point out that it is essential for us to spend our day doing seven crucial things that will result in optimal brain matter. Doing these seven things will lead our mind to “integrate” which refers to the different parts of our brain connecting. This will, in turn, provide us with optimum mental health as well as stronger connections with people and the world around us.
The seven daily essential mental activities for the Healthy Mind Platter:
Focus Time: By focusing on tasks in a goal-orientated way, we take on challenges that create opportunities for us to make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time: By allowing ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, we help make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time: By connecting with other people, ideally in person, and by taking the time to appreciate our connections to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.
Physical Time: By moving our bodies, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In: By quietly reflecting internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts, we help to integrate the brain better.
Down Time: By doing something that requires no focus, without any specific goal, and letting our mind wander or just relax, we help the brain to recharge.
Sleep Time: By giving the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.
~Written by Mahida Saifi and Tanya L. Hilber, PsyD
Reference: “The Healthy Mind Platter” http://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/healthy_mind_platter/