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This April, we’re teaming up with Women’s Health. All month long on our blog, the mag’s editors will be sharing tiny tweaks that produce big results—meaning tips on easy ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.
You know your mind is great at solving complex problems and daydreaming about Ryan Gosling, but it can do a lot more than that. Your brain can actually control everything from your PMS to your weight. But there’s a catch: If you’re not taking care of it, your brain can throw all these areas out of whack. Here’s how to maximize your mind to reap big benefits in all areas of your life:
Switch Off Stress and Anxiety
Here’s the good news: Women’s brains are significantly more active than men’s brains, especially in the prefrontal cortex—the area involved in judgment, impulse control, planning, empathy, and more—says Daniel Amen, M.D., author of the new book Unleash the Power of the Female Brain. But a super-active prefrontal cortex comes with its own set of challenges. “Because of that increased activity, women also worry more and have trouble letting go of things,” Amen says. His advice: Give your brain a break with regular stress-management techniques—like meditation, guided imagery, or even a massage. “Just ten minutes a day to take your brain somewhere else will decrease cortisol production,” says Amen. And cutting that stress hormone will make you happier, wiser, and more productive.