Increase Happiness Through Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis with Dr. Rabea Akram
Dr. Rabea Akram is a medical doctor and entrepreneur who began her career in neurology treating patients with all sorts of brain diseases. This is where her passion for brain health began, and she went on to form Brainvincible, based in Germany. This company helps you take human consciousness to the next level through brain training programs and other means.
How Can You Train Your Brain To Be Happier?
Doctors used to think that the human brain could not change after a certain point. They also believed that learning and intelligence was fixed. However, modern science suggests otherwise. Neuroplasticity is the reason for this. People can have objective, measurable changes in the brain structure and function and much of this depends on how you treat your brain (what you put in your body, the environment you live in, etc). This ability of the brain to be malleable and change is called neuroplasticity.
When the brain continues to develop and change (even in adults), we see new brain cells forming. Of course, this process in adults is not as robust as in children, and some areas of the brain are incapable of this neurogenesis. What scientists have found is that neurogenesis is very much dependent on external factors, but it is very possible to change your brain for the better over time.
Genetics plays a large role, but so can your environment. And this begins with the very thoughts you think. If you’re engaging in repetitive negative thinking or feelings, these connections in the brain become stronger over time. This is an example of a negative habit, but the same goes for positive habits. The best way to treat your brain well is to engage in happiness promoting activities - anything that helps your brain engage with your environment.
For example, this could be engaging in meditation or prayer, practicing gratitude, getting together with friends or family, listening to a podcast or reading a book, and exercising daily. These are very powerful things! In fact, the size of the hippocampus can actually increase in people who are engaging in mindfulness activities during each day. After 10,000 hours of meditation, you can have measurable changes in your brain. This seems like a lot of time, but it takes as little as a few minutes per day.
How The Brain Gets Stuck In The Negative
A positive environment is so important for brain health. For dry eye sufferers, anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with the condition. There’s a feeling that the disease will never get better, and this seems true for many chronic diseases. Negative trauma loops occur not just for those with intense trauma such as war or death. People can become traumatized by even small things in life.
Even things as simple as an argument with your spouse or a bad experience at the doctor can feed negative energy. Unprocessed negative events can affect how you show up in life, even at an unconscious level. It is normal for people to have small traumatic experiences, but it’s important to have an outlet for trauma so it’s not building up over time. The limbic system processes emotions, and this system activates when you come into contact with any type of trauma (large or small). Your body can begin to get into a state of fight all the time, increasing cortisol and adrenaline. And there needs to be an outlet for that and a way to get back into a restful state.
For dry eye, this negative loop can occur when you’ve been experiencing a period of time where your eyes feel great. Then, all of a sudden, you begin to have irritation. It’s so easy to fall into a negative mindset at this point because you’re so used to having bad eye days in the past. If you can overcome this negative thinking right from the start, you can help your eyes reset and get back to baseline.
Rewiring The Brain For Positive Habits
It’s easy to get caught up in a negative loop, especially with how much we’re on social media today. Things like this can feed negativity. However, there are a few things you can do to combat negative thinking.
First of all, consider keeping a gratitude journal each day to remind yourself of the things in your life that are going well. This will help you look for the positive instead of the negative. In addition to this, practicing meditation can be a wonderful way to enhance your brain health.
Connecting with others is also incredibly important. Even if it’s with just one other person on a regular basis, having meaningful conversations in a social setting can help your brain.
The Future Of Brain Training
This is Dr. Akram’s passion. Brain training can be as simple as meditation, but there are ways technology is coming into the picture. For example, there is technology that can measure your brain waves. True neurofeedback practices can help you attain states of brain waves that are similar to that of monks and zen masters. In real time, you can see what happens in your brain when you get into a meditative mindset, and this helps your brain change at a more rapid rate.
Neurofeedback has been shown to be very helpful in treating conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and similar conditions. It can definitely help you move away from negative trauma loops and engage in more positivity at a rapid rate.
With Brainvincible, Dr. Akram has a 90-day brain training program which takes you through many different steps for brain health and overcoming negative patterns. We all have small, negative traumas that have not been properly processed. Her programs help you remove these subconscious blocks so you can increase abundance and positivity in your life. If you’d like to learn more from Dr. Akram, check out their website for her 90 Day Brain Transformation. Make sure to listen to her podcast and YouTube channel. She’s also on Instagram @doctorrabea.
About Dr. Akram
Rabea Akram is a licensed medical doctor, neurofeedback specialist, aspiring neurologist, research scientist, and public speaker. She studied medicine at the Georg August University of Göttingen, a leading university of the German Excellence Initiative. After acquiring her medical license in 2016, she worked in the field of neurology in several teaching hospitals of the Technical University of Munich between 2017 and 2019. She did extensive training in the field of neurofeedback, dementia, cognitive enhancement, and prevention in world-class institutes such as the University of Cambridge. In her time working as a doctor she came across hundreds of patients with preventable symptoms and diseases. This motivated her to focus on prevention and pursue technological innovation in enhancing brain health. She is also Co-Founder of Brainvincible.