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  • Writer's pictureTashya De Silva

Rewiring your brain

We are instrinscally connected to our brains. We perceive, feel, think, and do things as a result of our brain; the structure, how its organized, the wiring and chemicals all play a role. Yet, we often take for granted the significance and relevance of our brains in our daily lives. Many of us may believe our brain is fixed in its capacity but years of research and observing humans would prove otherwise.

Consider a stroke patient who loses his ability to speak. Brain imaging scans show severe damage to the part of the brain involved in speech. Yet a speech therapist may work with this patient regularly, introducing language with increasing intensity and repetition that there is a possibility for them to learn language once again. This is because not only can your brain learn and unlearn skills throughout your lifespan, but if a part of your brain is damaged, it can also adapt and recover by building new connections in a different part of the brain that will enable that skill.

Phrases such as 'practice makes perfect' or 'consistency is key' are very true from a neurological perspective. The more you engaged in a certain behaviour, thought or feeling - either in intensity or frequency (ideally both), you are strengthening those neural connections, making it easier for your brain to enable that behaviour, thought or feeling. In some instances, these can be so ingrained that they happen automatically without your consciousness.

This is why it is so important to constantly review and become aware of your self - what are your daily habits?? Are these healthy and beneficial to you? What are your most frequent thoughts - and do they uplift and inspire you or criticize and distress you? What emotions do you cultivate - and do you cope and express them healthily? Ask yourself these questions and make a commitment to change.

Remember your brain is incredibly flexible and you can rewire it to your benefit. Your environment, your daily habits, what you read, see and experience, your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, your skills - these all influence your life for better or worse. So what are you going to change and how will you do it? Seeking the support of a friend or professional will be important in supporting you and keeping you accountable. The time, effort and support required will vary depending on the changes you desire. In instances related to medical concerns (brain injury, mental health disorders, addiction) or processes ingrained from childhood (trauma, abuse, belief systems) a professional may be necessary to guide you.

Disclaimer: The following information is not a suitable replacement for therapy or professional help. Mental health is very complex and there are various individual differences due to circumstances, genetics and life experience. All information published has been generalised and done in good faith. However, we will not be liable for any actions taken as a result of this website/post. If you are facing mental health concerns, it is important you reach out to a professional. You may also contact us at for further support.

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