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12 age-reversing habits: How I made my brain 10 years younger

By | Brian Pennie |

Ever since I was a child, I was consumed by anxiety and tormented by my mind. As I got older, my anxiety got worse, and so did my urge to escape it.

I began using drugs when I was 14 years old, and by the time I was 20, I was a heroin addict. I spent the next 15 years destroying my body and mind. But I was lucky. Pummelled into submission by the most painful night of my life, I was forced to look at the world from a completely new perspective.

Life gave me a second chance, and I devoured every second of it. Some might say that I switched addictions. But I like to call it intense curiosity, as I was bitten by the bug of life.

That was in October 2013, and since then, I’ve become a Ph.D. student, an author, a life change strategist, and a lecturer at the top two universities in Ireland, all in the areas of neuroscience.

My newfound curiosity also introduced me to the world of personal growth, where I designed a program to help me to navigate my new life. The habits from this program have not only helped me to achieve outward success; they’ve changed my physical, emotional, and mental health too.

As luck had it, I was part of a brain imaging study while I was in detox. Using scans from my addicted brain, we compared them to scans of my brain 5 years later and the differences were incredible.

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