With mental health awareness being such a hot topic, this TED Talk by Dan Banos is a timely reminder of some simple principles for mental health that we can follow.
Grounded in the continually emerging field of neuroplasticity, these ideas pave the way for the brain to create new connections that ultimately help out mental health.
What is interesting around these 8 ideas is that they are all extremely simple. Even the acronym NEWSTART is very easy to remember and can represent exactly what doing these activities could be.
So what are the ideas that make up the NEWSTART acronym?
Have a go, test yourself out. What do you think each letter could stand for?
Then watch the 21-minute TED Talk here to find out and see how many you got:
If you are still reading and haven’t jumped in to check out the talk. We’ll give you some hints on activities that incorporate more than one of these simple principles for mental health. These could include:
- Going for a brisk bushwalk
- Catching up with friends for a bite to eat
- Having a regular sporting interest to take part in
- Having a nice sleep in with a nutritious breakfast
Building these out and following the themes, it’s likely you’ll get 5 to 6 of the ideas. If you get all 8 before watching the video, we’ll be impressed!
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