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It’s Important to Move: The Brain Broad on Staying Motivated

Lynette Louise aka THE BRAIN BROAD dances with her son, Dar.

It’s important to move.

For some, waking up, getting motivated, and meeting a brand new day with intention isn’t as much of a challenge as staying motivated and clear on goals and intentions throughout the day is. Particularly for folks finding themselves at home and entirely responsible for keeping themselves motivated and clear on their intentions throughout the days, weeks, and months.

I want to step in here and offer a simple but important tip: move.

It will increase blood flow and hence oxygen, as well as the flow of hormones and electrolytes, through your brain and body. Also, movement can help interrupt your perseverative thoughts and bring about a state of emotional/physiological balance.

If you’re sitting all day you will likely become steeped in anxiety or depression which you will crave alleviating with food, sleep, emotional outbursts, or mood altering substances.

But if you move – often and with purpose – you probably won’t swing so dysfunctionally out of balance. In fact, you may fully reset back into comfort every time you move. And even if you don’t you will at least be closer to a state of balance then you are without physical action. So when you feel yourself struggling to focus, when you experience a dip in motivation, or begin to feel anxious leading to a state of overwhelm, take breaks and move. Eat an apple, take a walk, sing a song, dance.

If movement doesn’t solve the problem something else may be going on.

It’s important to know the difference between being stressed due to a psychological issue or a belief-driven psychological one. Knowing your own brain and body is important. If you’re working and you hear or see a piece of news that frightens you, that’s belief-driven. If you’re working and there’s simply a downturn in your mood, maybe you need to eat. Know the difference between your physiology and your psychology. Even though they beget each other, if you practice paying attention to yourself you should come to know what the core issue is.

So, move your body, stop and think about the problem, assess if you’re in an emergency right now – if so, deal with the emergency. If not, let it go and dance a happy jig, get some skin to skin time with a loved one or take a nap.To be honest, most problems are easier to solve than we tend to realize.

It’s important to move.

Move and behave in a balanced way full of social joy, good sleep, healthy food and physical movement. Your brain and body will follow.


Looking for something to dance and sing along to? Let’s sing about finding balance. 😉