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Newsletter #17 - Fall (Autumn)
The N in NeuroLanguage Coaching
"- Qu'est-ce que l'automne?
- un 2e printemps où chaque feuille est une fleur”
"- What is Autumn? - a 2nd spring where each leaf is a flower"
― Albert Camus (le Malentendu)
Autumn is a season of change not only for the nature around us but also for our body and most interestingly, for our brain.
Read and learn :-)
We (want to) sleep more
As the days grow shorter and sunlight decreases, our circadian rhythms can become disrupted. Many people sleep more (up to 2.5 hours more than in summer). Unfortunately, this biological need for extra sleep is linked to reduced exposure to ultraviolet rays, which affects the quality of our sleep - causing feelings of fatigue when we wake up.
We're (kinda) depressed
Changes in daily routines, such as returning to school or busier work schedules, increases stress and anxiety.
Reduced sunlight can trigger symptoms resembling depression, referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
We eat more (comfort food)
Our bodies instinctively crave energy-dense foods like fats and carbohydrates - also known as comfort food yummy.
This is a normal reaction to prepare for the leaner winter months. Staying physically active is particularly important to maintain health during autumn.
And more surprisingly and interestingly for us...
Our brains are on fire!
Did you know that the size of our brains - more specifically our cerebellum - increases or decreases in size depending on the season?!!
Other then that (very) surprising fact, Fall could possibly be a great time of year for learning and producing.
In a couple of studies about how seasonality affected our cognitive functions, fall was associated with
a better working memory (shorter term memory)
improved cognitive function in older adults in late summer and early fall compared to winter and spring.
an increase in productivity at work - cooler temperatures and shorter days make for less distractions by non-work related outdoors activities.
Changes in brain functions in autumn are in fact likely influenced by :
alterations in sleep patterns
changes in diet
shifts in hormonal levels
changes in social life
It's now or never folks: work on that language, your brain is prepped, your body wants to stay put :-)
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The Neurolanguage Coaching® certification is accredited by the ICF
La certification est accreditée par la Fédération Internationale de Coaching