Segal and Rock argue that seven daily essential mental activities (not necessarily required in equal proportions) are required in order to optimise brain matter and create well-being. In their own words, they describe each as follows ...
When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain's relational circuitry.
When we move our bodies, especially aerobically, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.
It seems for a normal healthy person, this balance is not difficult to achieve. How do you compare?