An Introduction to Neuroplasticity

Welcome to my first post! Today we'll cover a basic overview of one of the main topics of this site- Neuroplasticity

What is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to rewire itself through recognition, growth, and the formation of new neural connections.

“Learning is forging new connections. Every time you learn something new, your brain physically changes.”- Dr. Joe Dispenza

Neuroplasticity can be caused by...

- Stress

- Learning new concepts

- Directed Focus

- Emotions

- Trauma and PTSD

- Mindfulness Practice

Think of it as a 4 step process

1. Forming a New Mental Activity

Is this a thought? A hobby? An emotion? An exercise?

2. New Neural Networks are Formed

The neurons in your brain fuse together to create a connection. These neurons convey their messages and release neurotransmitters through small gaps which we call synapses.

3. Repetition Phase

The more you do this activity, think this thought, and practice this idea, the stronger those networks become. And just like how repeated thoughts lead to more stable connections, those that aren't use in turn become weaker.

4. Neural Bonds are Reinforced

The same neurons will strengthen their bonds, thus creating connections that are long lasting and more stable.

Here's The Catch...

Your brain cannot differentiate between positive and negative- whatever you feed it, it will absorb. It is constantly in a learning state and the more an activity is repeated, the more embedded it becomes into your mind. Unfortunately in many cases, this is what could lead to depressive state of minds, overly anxious thinking, and consuming thoughts.

So How do I Change My Thinking?

Luckily for us, this process goes both ways! Just like it goes negative, it can go positively as well! Neuroplasticity can potentially defeat these various forms of mental illness and their effects on us. Additionally, our cognitive abilities intensify, leading to better reception and comprehension. In my next post, I'll teach you a few ways on how you can use neuroplasticity to create better, newer, thought patterns!