Did you know that March 14 to 20 is Brain Awareness Week? It's the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science and brain health. Read on to learn what you can do to optimize your brain health, starting today.
Caregiving can be a fulfilling experience, but many have to manage multiple responsibilities, including work and other family demands. The increasing pressure on caregivers to “manage it all” can lead to caregiver distress, including anxiety, depression, burnout, and difficulty sleeping.
It may seem counterintuitive to prioritize yourself, you’re caregiving for others after all; but, keeping your brain and body healthy will enable you to show up as your best self for the people you care about most.
You are likely familiar with the healthy habits and practices that are good for your brain and body - for example reducing stress and minimize overwhelm, getting good quality sleep, moving your body regularly, and eating healthy and nutritious foods. However, you may have a multitude of reasons as to why you think you can’t make these necessary adjustments to your lifestyle that will have you feeling your best.
- I’ve never been a good sleeper.
- I’m always stressed out.
- I don’t have time to _____ [fill in the blank].
For Brain Health Awareness Week this year - I invite you to get honest with yourself about the elements of your life that you wish were different and the rationale you have been giving yourself about why positive lifestyle changes cannot be accomplished.