Neuroscience and positive psychology, we learn a lot about how our habits influence our well-being and our relation to happiness. To shake up our routine, not always beneficial to our psychological health as physical, Elisabeth Grimaud, a phd student in cognitive psychology, has created the method Beautiful, Well done, Good and explains how to cultivate the habits that are good.
By Elisabeth Grimaud
Updated February 7, 2019 at 11:44
Practiced daily, the Beautiful Good offers a true spa for the brain and the body. Mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy body and a healthy mind. Many are familiar with this expression, which dates from the 1st century after J.-C. Its author, Juvenal, encourages the men not to wait for things to come from the sky, but to help themselves in becoming responsible for their mental and physical health. This is what I invite you. The mind and body are linked. Medicine chinese and ayurvedic, have a global vision of the functioning body-mind and offer a nice complementarity with western medicine. Connect the mind to the body is essential. The Beautiful Well-Good is an integrative approach. It incorporates the body, it integrates the brain, it integrates the soul and connects the whole. It offers a makeover to be in its entirety. It feels lighter, more authentic, more alert also. The mechanisms of fundamental workings are strengthened and the brain is protected by a better cognitive reserve. The tools of openness to the world are expanded, it feels in its place, in tune with the world.
Reconnect you with your body
Create a link with the other is essential to the human being, reconnect with his body. You stretch when you wake up ? If this is not the case, try it ! Stretch, it is connect with each member, each muscle, feel her body from the top of the head to the tips of the fingers and toes. What a wonderful feeling ! The rise of the practice of yoga attests to this need to reconnect to self. Physical activity is essential to the well-being both physical and psychological. It helps to maintain the link between the body and the spirit.
The sense of self is essential and it is even an issue that is very current, because the immediacy offered by our lives hyper-connected goes against the natural functioning of the brain, which needs a certain slowness to integrate feelings and emotions. Do an activity centered on the sensations of the body helps to reconnect to self and to live better in their body.
The sport also contributes to the sociability. A lot of sports are practised in a collective manner. One learns to overcome oneself, but also the overcoming of the failure. This builds resilience, the ability to bounce back after a failure.
On the biological level, physical activity has a great benefit. According to some studies, thanks to a regular practice, 25% of cancers could be prevented, especially those related to tobacco, and it would reduce by half the risk of relapse in cancers of the breast and colon. But more generally, physical activity contributes to well-being in the sense that it participates in a good state of mental, physical, and social.
To take advantage of its benefits, there must be a certain intensity in practice. From 30 minutes of physical activity high, but comfortable, there are changes in the biological mechanisms and the benefits are quickly felt. The practice should be regular (every week) and maintain in the long term.
The regular practice of a physical activity develops the respiratory system, maintains muscle mass and preserves permanently the bone, helps to regulate diabetes and high blood pressure, protects against cancer and risk of relapse, helps fight against chronic disease, increases well-being (through the secretion of endorphins), reduce stress and anxiety.
Protect your cognitive reserve
The cognitive reserve is the brain’s ability to protect themselves from suffering (aging, stress, trauma, lesions, etc). It materializes in the brain by compensation circuits (connections) that are being put in place when there has been a breach. The cognitive reserve can prevent the decline associated with aging and contributes to improving the functioning of the brain. It influences the plasticity of the brain and helps us to adapt to overcome a trauma. The protective factors of cognitive reserve are sleep, and more broadly, the report to light, physical activity, a healthy diet and contact with nature, that need to be put in place in the daily life.