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Expanding Our Window Of Tolerance: Using the Healthy Mind Platter

Healthy Mind Platter

In the previous blog post, we talked about Understanding our Window of Tolerance. Now let's expand our window of tolerance using the Healthy Mind Platter.

Developed by David Rock and Dan Siegel, the Healthy Mind Platter is based on social neuroscience, clinical practice, behavioral research, and psychology. It identifies 7 areas that strengthen the brain’s internal connections thus helping us strengthen connections with ourselves and others, and improve integration.

FOCUS TIME- closely focusing on tasks in a goal-oriented way

PLAYTIME- allowing for spontaneous or creative activities, and playfully enjoying novel experiences

CONNECTING TIME- connecting with other people, ideally in person, and taking time to appreciate the natural world around us

PHYSICAL TIME - moving our bodies aerobically if medically possible

TIME IN - quietly reflect internally while focusing on sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts

DOWNTIME- non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax

SLEEP TIME- giving the brain the rest it needs, and letting our body and mind consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

Which among these 7 comes easily for you?

Which among these 7 do you need some support on?

Use the reflection worksheet:

Expanding our window of tolerance worksheet
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