How to get the most out of your Neurofeedback Training
Alongside the importance of breaking habits and practising, there are a few things other you can do both during and outside of your sessions so you can get the most out of the training.
(1) Arrive well rested
Try to get a good night’s rest the before your Neurofeedback Training sessions. It is a workout for your brain and you will get more out of the sessions if you’ve had a good sleep the night before. We understand people’s lives are hectic and sometimes people will arrive a bit tired. We can adapt the difficulty of the training to compensate for this, but (as with all training!) the more energy you have going in, the better.
(2) Neurofeedback Training Schedule
Research has shown that a regular training schedule results in more effective Neurofeedback Training. Please read more about committing to your appointment times here.
(3) Be motivated
The training is not a passive experience – far from it! Changing brain function requires a lot of focus, effort and motivation. It can be quite abstract and bewildering at the start, and it can be frustrating. Bear in mind, all of the Actualise staff have been through this process, having done at least 10 sessions each, so we understand that it can be difficult! However, as you move through sessions and learn from the feedback, the whole process will become clearer and easier to understand. We will discuss this during sessions but once you are motivated to change and open to trying, you will make the most out of your training time.
(4) Keep a diary
Primarily we want to change the way your brain works in order to make your life better. We term these changes as changes in ‘behaviour’ (meaning behaviour in the broadest sense; feelings, emotions, general day to day activities etc.). These changes can be very subtle and become part of everyday life quite easily. For that reason we encourage you to keep a diary of your own behaviour, taking note of subtle changes you may observe. This gives us a nice timeline of change across sessions and allows us to compare your behaviours now to what they were like before. These observations can be small things you feel are changing.
Example: ‘X’ happened today. Before, I would have reacted in ‘Y’ way. I noticed today I reacted in ‘Z (a new)’ way.
The input of others around you is also very valuable, particularly if they do not know about the training. Keep note of both your own observations and those mentioned to you by others. A few sentences a day is plenty. A basic summary of ‘How I got on today’ is perfect.
We have received some advice from an esteemed American Psychiatrist colleague of ours who suggested ‘a well-oiled brain is ready to learn!’. We do not offer advice on dietary changes, but this suggestion that upping the intake of ‘brain food’ such as Omega Fish oils to fuel a healthy brain may be useful. Furthermore we recommend our clients abstain from alcohol and recreation drug use during the course of their training.
(6) Ask questions
We want our clients to feel comfortable asking questions if there are things about the training you do not understand or would like to know more about. We will do everything we can to make sure your questions are answered satisfactorily. We appreciate this technology and technique is complicated but we will do our best to ensure you are happy with the explanations we give and that the information we give is up to date and accurate.
(7) Enjoy it!
You are controlling a computer with just brain power (which is pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves!). It’s the closest thing to having ‘The Force’ as you can get! Our staff are friendly and approachable and we try to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. Selfies in our caps are welcomed and encouraged, and we have Facebook and Twitter pages if you choose to share your new powers with the world! Enjoy your time with us and you’ll give Darth Vader a run for his money.