Daily mental multitasking and our constant state of busyness can create a chronic level of stress on our brain, causing us to be unfocused, distracted and less productive. This chronic level of stress on our brain is so toxic, that experts believe more than 75% of medical visits are stress related. Honestly, most of us are too busy to notice, and will not realize the devastating impact of stress on our lives until it takes a serious toll on our health, happiness, or performance. For most of our history, scientists believe that this was simply how our brain worked, that we’re hardwired to respond to our circumstances in a specific way, and our only solution was to try to change the amount of mental stress we experience.
While cognitive decline is an inevitable part of the aging process, studies show that we can prevent, or at least postpone, its development through intervention. Our brain is radically adaptable if we train it appropriately – like we do our bodies. The “fitter” our brain is, the more energy efficient it becomes, and the easier it is to do important mental tasks such as focusing attention and being creative.
Update and revised, this interactive edition of SHARP, released January 13, 2012, includes access to real world training exercises and short video discussions on nutrition, fitness, and performance psychology. Guided audio tracks assist readers in practicing concepts of mindfulness in order to relax, rebalance, and recharge their brain for improved health, happiness, and performance. Dr. Hanna discusses how common demands on your time and energy impact your mental capacity, and may speed up the rate of cognitive decline when left unmanaged. Click here, to view the new interactive ePub on iTunes.
• The five most critical components of brain health that provide a foundation for improved cognitive functioning.
• The three key elements of a cognitive fitness training program, including mental strength, flexibility and endurance.
• The three principles of brain training that are required to stimulate improvements in performance and build new habits.
• Instant access to tools such as “Brain Recharge” exercises and guided relaxation tracks.
• The SHARP solution for creating a sustainable plan for improving brain health and fitness.
For every SHARP purchase, SYNERGY is committed to donate proceeds to brain health research and education resources.
“Dr. Heidi Hanna has created an accessible and friendly doorway for her readers into the often complex and confusing world of modern science and “brainpower!” In easy-to-understand and practical terms, in this book, she shows readers how to build on the good news of modern science about the brain’s capacity to change and the power of exercise, nutrition, and self-awareness to promote health and well-being. Any reader interested in boosting their own brainpower and happiness should find something useful here!” – Jeffrey Brantley, MD, Founder and Director – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Duke Integrative Medicine; Author – Calming Your Anxious Mind.
“We all know that stress is killing us and damaging our companies and relationships – Heidi Hanna’s landmark book, SHARP, offers concise intelligent ways to do something specific – now – to reduce our stress levels. She writes with a unique positive verve that in itself is uplifting, and her mental brilliance shines throughout her discussions of new ways to boost creativity, empathy, wellness, innovation and the pure joy of living. This book is stuffed with valuable insights, realistic advice, and serious programs; from my perspective as a cognitive psychologist, Heidi’s text is not only a must-read – for higher health, success and happiness, it’s a must-do!” John Selby, Author – Executive Genius
“Dr. Heidi Hanna draws you in with her fascinating stories and realistic approach to improving your brain’s fitness. Her “Fab 5” strategies are doable and easy to implement, even for the busiest of people. From ways to tweak your diet to learning to relax and create emotional connections, SHARP is jam-packed with useful nuggets of must-do methods to boost brain power and feel happier! ” – Tara Gidus, MS, RD, Team Dietitian for the Orlando Magic NBA Team, The “Diet Diva”, and Author – Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition for Dummies
“What I love about SHARP is the comprehensive approach to health, happiness, and performance of mind and body. We all know we can do better with our nutrition, exercise, and mental health, but time and execution prevent many of us from being the best we can be. I am a big proponent of SHARP, and believe if you have any desire to get change in gear, this is the way to go. It is simple, sustainable, and will change your life. It changed mine.” – Larry Milder, National Sales Director, Legg Mason
“For us business people, 10 per cent of our time drives 90 per cent of our productivity … What Dr. Hanna has done here is show us how to make that 10 per cent of time perform magnificently.” – John Evans, Executive Director, Janus Labs
See a recent BrainWorks speaking engagement by Dr. Hanna (based on SHARP).
Taylor Baldwin of “Taylor Time” interviews Dr. Heidi Hanna on the 3 simple steps to boost your brainpower.
Hear Dr. Hanna talk about her new book, SHARP: Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower
Dr. Hanna interview with FOX5 San Diego about “Tips To Boost Your Brainpower”