It’s never too late to love your brain!
While you’re snacking on a bit of chocolate from your Valentine, watch this music video by NPR’s science show Skunk Bear. It has me completely cracking up, and I guarantee it will crack you up, too. I’m going to have “Oxytocin is the potion of devotion” stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
On Valentine’s Day we lavish loved ones with presents and thoughtful messages to show them how much we care. We know that those relationships are priceless. The people we love really are irreplaceable.
The same is true of our brains. We only get one, so keeping it healthy is among the most important aspects of our health for our entire life. Many people today, though, still don’t know to take care of their brains until they break down and they start having health problems.
I am one week from my third Brainiversary.
I experienced this breakdown in vivid and horrific detail when I had a brain injury in 2015. But years of weakness both genetically, environmentally, from lifestyle and previous injury and chronic health conditions had stressed my brain to the max. It could not recover quickly with the additional brain damage from the injury.
The past three years I have dedicated all my energy to rehabilitating my brain health. Health is a continuing concern for all of us, but without a healthy brain, life completely breaks down. It becomes impossible to do even the most simple basic tasks.
Although I have experienced incredible progress, I am nevertheless looking for answers and solutions to getting my brain back in tip-top working order. This week I found a resource that I wanted to share with you. It’s a great guide for anyone who wants to improve her brain health, and it could be especially critical for someone in recovery.
The Cleveland Clinic Brain Health Index will help you score your brain health and identify areas of improvement.
The Cleveland Clinic website called Healthy Brains collects research and shares information about brain health. I participated in the free assessment they offer on the site to grade your brain health in the six areas, or pillars, they are concerned with.
The assessment took less than 10 minutes. I opted in to offer my information for their research because we still know so little about the brain. If my experience can help someone down the road, I want to share it (and that includes sharing with you on this blog!). By the end of the assessment, I had personalized scores in the 6 areas mentioned above with individual recommendations for how to improve.
My scores. My sleep score was the worst of all!
Maybe in a future post I’ll go more in-depth into my results and share their recommendations. But I highly recommend doing this assessment. Wherever you are with your brain health, you can always improve and it could save you a lot of brain-ache in the long run. Believe me, I know how overwhelming it is to fix multiple areas at once. But I am committed to trying to do a little better each day. I know you can, too.