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 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.
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. Keeping our brains in tip-top working order is within our power! This is one of Dr. Daniel Amen’s most powerful takeaway points. “You are not stuck with the brain you have,” he declares!
This week I found a resource that I wanted to share with you that will assist you with this goal. It’s a great guide for anyone who wants to improve her brain health, and it could be especially critical for someone in brain injury 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 my 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 (every bit of data helps, right?). If my experience can help someone down the road, I want to share it, which 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!
I highly recommend doing this assessment. Their graphics help visually represent areas of weakness, and the overall brain health score can be a huge wake-up call! Or, if you get a high score, maybe it’s a pat on the back. Clearly I need help improving my sleep, and their recommendations were spot on.
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 of brain health at once. But I am committed to trying to do a little better each day. I know you can, too, with the right tools.