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New York Times bestselling author Jay Shetty asks Dr Daniel and Tana Amen, what is the one thing everyone can do today to prepare their brain for the future.
Daniel G Amen, MD:
Welcome to the Brain Warrior’s Way podcast. I’m Dr. Daniel Amen.
Tana Amen, BSN RN:
And I’m Tana Amen. In our podcast, we provide you with the tools you need to become a warrior for the health of your brain and body.
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Tell us, what is the one thing from both of you, this is our last question… What is the one thing that you think people need to do today in 2020? Because the level, like you said, Dr. Amen, we went from 8% to 27% in depression, we were all thrown this curve ball. It was completely unpredictable, it was completely unexplainable and no one saw this coming. Do we have the ability to evolve fast enough to deal with the stress and pressure that’s coming our way and what’s the one thing that we can do to be ready and prepared for them, I’d love to hear an answer from both of you and wherever you’d like to go with that.
Well, that’s why we survived as a species because we can pivot and those people that will thrive during this time will not wish for the good old days, what they’ll do, is they’ll see what are the opportunities going forward. And during this time, they will love and take care of their brains because that’s what’s going to get you, to not only survive but thrive. So it’s back to that one question. What I’m going to do today, is it good for my brain or bad for it? So doing things that help you feel better fast, like alcohol, marijuana, bad food, being sedentary, being addicted to the news, all of those things are going to hurt your brain but I’m taking a multiple vitamin, omega-3 fatty acids, optimizing your vitamin D level, getting out in the sun if you can, exercising, learning how to not believe every stupid thing you think, those things are great for your brain. So back to, is this good for my brain or bad for it will help you not only survive but it will help you thrive during this historic time.
I like that. So one thing that really… Because this has been a stressful time, we’ve got teenagers in the house like everybody else, it’s just, it’s stressful. So what helps me, is looking at things from a 30000 foot perspective. So if I step back, I step out of the picture, take myself out of it and look at it from a distance or like you’re watching a movie.
And then for me, it’s like what part of this is important, what part of it is not, who has our best interest, who does not and then I asked myself, what can I control? Focus on the things I can control, not the things I can’t, because so much of it we can’t. We can’t control what people are saying on the news and the negativity, we just can’t control that. But we can control our thinking and I noticed that when I go in the backyard in the morning, walk through my grass, with bare-feet and watch the hummingbirds with green tea in my hand, nothing is wrong in the world. It’s not until I come back in the house and start watching the news and listening to what’s happening in the world, that it all sounds like doom and gloom. So I focused on what I can control and I always go back to those four circles and I really practice it. Nutrition, diet, meditation, prayer. For me [crosstalk [00:03:59], I have to do all connection, I have to do all of it. I’m not a person who can do one thing.
It’s amazing. Thank you so much, both of you for doing this. If you want more information, please go and grab the books, End of Mental Illness. You can see one of the other books, I don’t think Daniel Amen’s written like…
I think what [crosstalk [00:04:16].
Are you on your 12th book now? [crosstalk [00:04:17].
Oh dear Lord, no. [crosstalk [00:04:19].
42nd? [crosstalk [00:04:23].
You have a way to catch up but I’m also much older than you.
I’ll never catch up but Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. The End Of Mental Illness was the last interview that we did on my podcast and Tana’s new book is available for pre-order, it’s not out yet, it’s The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, so those are the names of the two books. I highly recommend them. Please go and pre-order Tana’s book. Thank you to both of you for doing this and joining our mental health festival and I can’t wait to see you all after this, get my brain scanned finally. I know we’ve been talking about it [crosstalk [00:04:57] hope it’s [crosstalk [00:04:58].
It’s life changing.
It really is.
And you will fall in love with your brain more than ever before and then you will treat it like it’s your best friend because it is your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how it works. So we love you, we’re gratefuL.
[crosstalk [00:05:16] -To be part of your community.
Thank you so much both of you. Please go and follow both our incredible guests today, everyone. Grab a copy of these books and make sure you go to [inaudible [00:05:27] Discourage.com, do not miss out on that. Thank you for joining, thank you so much.
Yeah, I’ll see you soon and thank you.
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