Despite the fact that our personal energy is our most valuable resource, most of us fail to manage it efficiently. We know what we should be doing to create an optimal life by eating better, exercising regularly, sleeping more, taking time to relax, and having balance in our life. However, why is it that these activities always seem easier said than done?
According to SYNERGY CEO and founder Heidi Hanna, PhD, the key to sustainable behavior change is to align the heart and the brain. Her book, The Sharp Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-1184-5739-9; Hardcover & E-Book; $15.95) offers The Sharp Solution, a five phase program that has shown to help relax the body, quiet the mind, and reduce symptoms of stress imbalance.
Hanna entered the field of psychology to better understand how her own mind operated. She struggled with depression and anxiety at an early age, and began experiencing panic attacks at age 12.The strategies she shares in The Sharp Solution helped her to overcome personal challenges including the fear of flying and public speaking. Hanna now has a career that requires her to do the things she dreads the most. However, by using brain training techniques, she is able to share her experiences in hopes to help those struggling with similar obstacles.
Research suggests that age-related cognitive decline begins in healthy, educated adults when they are in their 20s and 30s.Hanna constantly stresses the importance of taking time for yourself, "Making sure that you take time to keep your brain sharp is one of the primary responsibilities you have each day."