Healthy Brain Tips


Protecting Brain Cells

  • Eat a heart healthy diet
    • Fresh vegetables
    • Fresh fruits
    • One or more servings of fish each week
    • Less processed sugar
    • Less saturated fats
    • Limit alcohol intake to small daily amounts.
  • Manage cholesterol through diet, exercise and medications
  • Keep high blood pressure well controlled
  • Quit smoking and avoid second hand smoke
  • Exercise regularly
  • Value Sleep
    • Make certain that you obtain enough sleep each night to feel refreshed upon awakening.
    • Treat sleep apnea if present

Increasing Cognitive Reserve

By learning something today that makes you smarter than you were yesterday, you build the brains cognitive reserve.

  • If you have an interest in history, start reading more history.
  • If you have a hobby, take it to the next level of difficulty or become an expert in it by studying its origin and variations.
  • If you are mechanical, take apart and reassemble a bicycle, watch, computer, etc.
  • If you enjoy cooking, find a new recipe with unfamiliar challenges.
  • If you enjoy language, now is the time to buy a computer-based language program or enroll at your local college.
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle, Sudoku, or crossword puzzle daily.




Maximizing Your Abilities

  • Stress Reduction
  • Treat Depression
    • Consider bright light therapy
    • Laugh therapy
    • Counseling
    • Prescription Medications
  • Treat Anxiety
    • Meditation/Biofeedback
    • Counseling
    • Yoga/Exercise
    • Prescription Medications
  • Avoid unnecessary medications
  • Treat pain syndromes adequately
  • Simplify your life
    • De-clutter your home
    • Streamline your daily schedule
    • Take a break when tired
    • Engage in meaningful activities