Dr. Jim Hudziak, a pediatric neuropsychiatrist at UVM’s Medical School, started the program about two years ago. His message is clear: Take good care of your young mind. “The most critical part of the brain, for paying attention, for regulating your emotions, for making good decisions, has not even been organized yet,” he says, talking about the college-age brain.
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Give your brain permission to unwind
- Wrap up your day — Take five minutes to capture any loose ends on your to-do list and calendars. This can help reassure your brain that it does not need to keep scanning to remember these tasks.
- Practice “going neutral” during the day — Set a reminder to cue yourself to pause. Find ways to renew your energy by taking deep breaths, stretching and moving.
- Create a “relax time ritual” that trains your mind and body to let go — Pick a routine that will help you unwind at the end of the day.
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