March 1st, 2021
I have chosen monthly themes for every month moving forward to provide a little structure and be able to give you practical ways to enhance your life within the theme for the month. We are starting with a serious topic that hits close to home for me. Brain injuries look different across the spectrum, from concussions to severe open/closed head injuries.
Your brain health is not only affected by concussions and injuries but also by your overall health. I’m sure you have heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Accidents are not always preventable, but there are precautions you can take to protect your brain from injury and keep it in good health. According to Dr. Sears book Prime-Time Health, the following happen if you do not take care of you brain:
~ brains shrink
~ brain traffic slows
~ struggle with repair
~ become stressed out
None of this sounds like fun. Ready for some good news? There are steps you can take to keep your brain healthy, such as:
~ eat smart foods
~ steer clear of additives
~ keep calm
These are easy concepts in theory but challenging in practice. Do you want some more good news? There are small steps you can take today (literally) to begin your journey to keeping your brain healthy! Make a commitment today to a new healthy practice for 30 days and see if you notice a difference. It could be to move your body 30 minutes every day, research smart foods to add to your diet, read food labels to steer clear of additives, eat real foods, or practice deep breathing exercise and/or meditation. Pick just one thing to change and stick with it. Here is a tip: pick an exercise or movement that you actually enjoy, so it will be something that you look forward to and stick with for more than a day or week.
Do you learn something new today? What change are you committed to for the next 30 days? Need accountability? I look forward to your feedback and finding out how I can help you in your self-care journey. Enjoy the sunshine and more spring-like temperatures in the coming weeks!