Brain-trainer Mohammed Abu Zeinab returned to Education City to explain the value of “mindfulness” to emotional wellbeing
Tapping into our “infinite brain potential” is one of the keys to reducing stress and anxiety, according to a Qatar Foundation graduate who returned to Education City on World Mental Health Day to explain how mindfulness can lead to emotional wellness.
Mohammed Abu Zeinab is the regional director of Brain Education, a Middle East-based brain-training company that forms part of a wider project delivering workshops designed to raise awareness of mental health issues among students.
And the alumnus of Qatar Foundation partner university Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar explained how a combination of physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises and focusing on “taking back your brain” can improve people’s focus, confidence, and emotional wellbeing, while speaking at the 2015 building (Qatar Foundation Headquarters) in the latest Discover QF talk.
During the session, Zeinab explained the value of “mindfulness” – a person’s ability to focus on the moment they are living in, and where they are and what they are doing at a particular time while shutting out other concerns and anxieties. The practice has been used by companies such as Apple and Google as a means of tackling anxiety and depression, as well as enhancing concentration and productivity.
By recognizing how temporary so much of what needs to be removed from our minds is, we can start to become healthy. And, by focusing on our body, we can learn to focus our minds.
“By recognizing how temporary so much of what needs to be removed from our minds is, we can start to become healthy,” Zeinab explained. “And, by focusing on our body, we can learn to focus our minds.”
Among the advice that Zeinab passed on to the audience during his talk was to be “consciously present” in any activity, in order to make reasoned decisions rather than simply reacting to situations; focus on key tasks rather than attempting to multi-task; and recognizing that by slowing down the pace of your daily lifestyle, it can increase your efficiency and productivity, and your happiness in work and life.
He also spoke about the benefits that can result from “responding to stress creatively rather than negatively”, and to be mindful of the opportunities and choices that life presents rather than operating “mechanically”.