Looking after your brain
The brain is such a vital organ that it is important to do what you can to keep it healthy. Here are some everyday things that you can do to keep your brain in good condition:
Diet - Eat a healthy, balanced diet and keep hydrated. Your brain needs the right fuel to keep working effectively.
Sleep – make sure you get enough, but not too much. Lack of sleep can affect your concentration, memory and emotional well-being, while too much sleep can, surprisingly, make you feel tired.
Exercise – this is a big help in keeping the brain healthy, because it increases blood flow to the brain. Exercise can help you to be more alert and improve your mood.
Stimulate the brain – Learning new skills can help keep your brain stimulated, as can mentally challenging hobbies like music or knitting, or puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku.
If you have a neurological condition
If you have a neurological condition, you will be more aware than most people of the importance of your brain. Here are some extra things that you can do for your brain:
Medications – if you are taking medication, are you taking too much or not enough? Is the medication working for you and doing what it is supposed to do?
Alcohol and drugs – These can both have a serious effect on your brain, but if you are already taking medication then mixing it with other non- prescription drugs or alcohol could potentially make you feel quite unwell.
Pace yourself - If you have been ill, the temptation to get back to normal and do everything you used to do can be immense. Nevertheless, do not push yourself too hard – your condition may be “invisible” but your brain is working hard to heal itself, and trying to do everything could make you feel exhausted.
At the Brain & Spine Foundation, we are here to help anyone affected by brain or spine problems, whether you are a patient yourself or perhaps if someone you know has a brain or spine condition. Our specialist neuroscience nurses can listen and talk things through with you, answering any questions you may have. You can call them free on 0808 808 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org