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Resilience: What Neuroscience Teaches Us

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By giving us new insights into the brain, neuroscience can help us rebuild after a trauma or a psychic disorder, and develop our ability to be resilient. Discover 6 lessons of experts to value daily.

Lucien Fauvernier

1. Genetic determinism does not exist

Decryption

This is the first neuroscience teaching about our resilience capabilities: genes are not inevitable. "Even if you're genetically sensitive to a particular disease or Depressive state, you can take action to suppress the activation of the genes involved, in other words, it is your behavior that will have the power to activate or deactivate them "explains John Arden, American psychologist, in his book Les Key to Resilience (Dangles).

In practice

By structuring our way of life around 5 pillars - physical exercise, continuous learning, balanced nutrition, adapted sleep and frequent social exchanges - we can protect ourselves from certain depressive or anxious tendencies.

2. We make new neurons all our life

Decryption

Until the 1980s, the scientific body assumed that we had all of our brain cells for our whole life right from birth. The goal was then to protect them to age in better conditions. "With the discovery of neurogenesis, we now know that it is possible to make new neurons in specific brain areas throughout life", says John Arden. We can then take advantage of this neuronal renewal to protect our mental health, including ensuring the integrity of a particular brain structure: the hippocampus. This one has a very important role of regulating our mood and partly controlling the balance of our psyche.

In practice

"It is possible to increase neurogenesis by having regular physical activity, absorbing fewer calories than in the typical Western diet and increasing its consumption of omega-3 fatty acids" indicates the American psychologist. The ideal is to rebalance your diet, eating lighter and enjoying foods rich in omega 3 such as nuts, lamb's lettuce or herring.

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