Training your brain requires practice, just like any form of exercise. Imagine trying yoga for the first time. Your form at the start is most likely not going to feel comfortable. But that doesn’t mean that your initial effort is not integral to your future yoga practice. You can’t become a yogi without an awkward beginning.
Neurofeedback is individual to everyone’s brain. What you feel and when will depend on your goal, where you start, and the consistency of your practice. The most efficient way to measure progress is to track one of your behaviors. For example, if you’re focusing your neurofeedback practice on attention, try reading for 15 minutes everyday without interruption, and track the ease with which you can do that over the course of your Mendi practice.
One immediate benefit for many Mendi users results from increased awareness of your brain function. We generally move through the world thinking that our thoughts are just there. When we know we can exercise our brains, they are no longer out of reach. Take notice of how much fun it is to play with your brain! You’ll reap those benefits early on.
The neural networks in your brain that support your current ways of thinking have been trained over the course of your entire life. They are incredibly strong. They are your thought patterns and habits. Changing your patterns of thoughts is really hard, especially when you don’t know what those patterns look like. Neurofeedback helps, a lot, by making the feedback you continuously experience with your body available to your brain. But it’s science, not magic - it’s a partnership between you and Mendi!