Today, we’re talking about something that I think is fairly confident is universal for most of you who are tuning in — and that is this concept of having a busy brain. How do we shut off the constant firing? The input? The inboxes?! All of these pieces of information that our brains are handling on a daily basis?
To help facilitate this conversation there are a lot of experts that we could have brought on, but I believe there is no better expert suited to this discussion than Dr. Romie Mushtaq! Dr. Romie is an expert on brain health and a triple board-certified neurologist. As someone who is traditionally trained, Dr. Romie has been frustrated by what she has seen over and over again in clinical practice when it comes to the intersection of our hormonal health as women and how that influences the performance of our brains. In particular, she is focused on functional and integrative medicine, the intersection of our hormones and our brains, and how the choices that we make on a daily basis influence what’s happening above our shoulders.
In this episode, we’re approaching this conversation from an entirely different angle than we ever have before. Dr. Romie breaks down the concept of a “busy brain,” how we can begin to address it, what a “sensory reset” is and how it can lead us down the path of “turning off” our brains, and everything we need to know about the patterns of inflammation in the brain and how they show up.
This is a deeply fascinating conversation and I cannot wait for you all to tune in!
[1:21] About today’s episode with Dr. Romie Mushtaq!
[3:00] Welcoming Dr. Romie Mushtaq to the podcast!
[4:03] Dr. Romie shares about her career, her story and path to integrative medicine, and why she is so uniquely positioned to speak about the topic of busy brains!
[6:55] How Dr. Romie began to recognize the connection between hormones and women’s brains in her practice.
[11:39] Dr. Romie speaks about where we are, in terms of acknowledging the intersection and influence of hormones on the brain.
[12:37] Do hormones influence the brain or does the brain influence our hormones?
[14:45] What is the “Busy Brain”?
[17:30] The patterns of inflammation in the brain and how to begin addressing them.
[23:36] You don’t have to be stressed in order to be successful as an entrepreneur!
[25:37] Dr. Romie shares about her recent launch, “brainSHIFT,” at Evolution Hospitality.
[26:11] Dr. Romie describes a part of the “brainSHIFT” protocol called the “sensory reset.”
[28:41] How to assess and address your Busy Brain!
[31:24] How to “turn your brain off.”
[34:24] The connection between our sense of smell and our lifelong memories and encoding.
[37:07] How to do a sensory reset that is perfectly aligned with what you need.
[37:32] Why Dr. Romie recommends we stay away from caffeine and alcohol.
[38:55] What to do at night to sensory reset.
[40:45] Why mindfulness is so key to alleviating a Busy Brain.
[43:58] Dr. Romie’s KPIs!
[50:22] Where to learn more about what Dr. Romie Mushtaq is up to!
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More About Dr. Romie Mushtaq
Do you have trouble focusing on your to-list? Are thoughts racing through your mind when you try to fall asleep? Have the usual stress management techniques stopped working for you? These are all signs you have a Busy Brain.
Dr. Romie Mushtaq is here with a cure for your busy brain called “brainSHIFT.” She is a triple board-certified physician, award-winning speaker, and national media expert. She mixes her unique authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to transform cultures and teams.
Dr. Romie currently serves as Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality where she has scaled a mindfulness and wellness program for over 7,000 employees. These days, her most underutilized pre-pandemic talent is running through airports in high heels.
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“In our world of social media and repeatable, tweetable sound bytes, you want this one ‘aha moment.’ But here’s an important lesson: … it doesn’t happen like that. There is no lightning bolt that comes down from the sky. … It was doing 10,000 hours of work.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
“Our body is a beautiful ecosystem. … It’s one entire ecosystem that must be balanced.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
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“It’s the cycle of a busy brain and a busy life that we need to break.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
“Assess; don’t guess. It’s so important.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
“The guilt and shame cycle is one of the most toxic and undiscussed problems in holistic health.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
“Meditation is medicine for the mind.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq
“We get a busy brain because our brain needs boundaries and we don’t do that. And one of the things we also need [to do is to] feed that brain with compassion.” — Dr. Romie Mushtaq