When you’re stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, or under slept a great deal of things happen within your body, and especially in your brain. All of these things can increase symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, OCD behaviors/ compulsions, depression, confusion, and irritability (in addition sudden outbursts of anger). While these are all terrible symptoms of an ‘unhealthy’ brain, there are so many very easy things you can do to turn it around.
Here are some tips for a healthy brain.
First of all, sleep! Not just any sleep though, but deep sleep is so important for your brain’s health. It and during deep sleep your brain will actually shrink allowing more space for the lymphatic system to clean waste products, having a good deep sleep will also protect you against Alzheimer’s and dementia, in addition to transferring memories from short term to long term storage. Finally, sleep takes the edge off of traumatic events and lowers stress because the stress chemical cortisol decreases in your sleep. Cortisol is also related to anxiety disorders, weight gain, and studies have even recently linked it to Alzheimer’s.
When you get at least 6-8 hours of good sleep, your body’s repair happens in two stages. In both of these stages your body goes through cycles of fluctuation in cortisol but overall decreases it to help you be energized and responsive the next day.
Second, nutrition! Have you ever heard the term ‘feed your brain’? That is essentially what you are doing every time that you ingest something. It’s true! Higher blood sugar is linked to shrinkage of brain tissue and inflammation! This is only one more reason that it is important to stabilize blood sugar and keep it at a healthy level! Essential fatty acids are also essential for brain function, and by taking supplements or eating foods high in Omega 3. Omega-3 Fat content that is good for your brain is also known as EPA and DHA – this is found in fish, seafood and fish oils. Essential fatty acids play many fundamental roles in many functions, including building healthy cells , maintaining brain and nerve function etc. because Our bodies can’t produce them we need to ingest them through nutrition’s sources. There have also been a number of studies that have shown that fatty acids (omega 3,6) help lower the risk of heart disease, protect against type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and age-related brain deterioration.
Third, change your attitude: if you have a healthy mind and attitude it will improve your brain health. This means being positive and optimistic, being curious and eager to learn, being empathetic and not apathetic… these are all things that can make a huge difference for your brain power/ cognitive function and mental health. Fundamental attitudinal shift. Making your brain more curious improves brain health. Continuous learning or lifelong learning and brain activity is important for fighting degenerative brain diseases, these are steps you can take to protect your brain.