Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness around the benefits of good brain health. From the 13th of March we are encouraging all Queenslanders to #loveyourbrain, as part of a social media campaign to get people actively thinking about simple and easy ways to look after their brain.
With some simple changes you can potentially reduce your risk of conditions such as dementia.
#loveyourbrain focuses on 7 simple things that you can do every day!
Start a food diary. Writing down everything you eat and drink takes the guess work out of reaching a healthy weight. You might be surprised at how those extra handfuls throughout the day add up! Keeping track keeps you accountable and shows where you can improve next. Keep a diary in your phone throughout the day.
Day 2: Move it
It doesn’t matter how, just move! Integrate things into your daily routine.
- Take the long way whenever you can.
- If you commute to work every day by public transport, get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Take the stairs at work instead of the lift, or walk to your local shops.
- Use a pedometer and try to beat your steps every day.
- Rack up more exercise minutes per week by adding 15 minutes to your current exercise routine.
Day 3: Be a social bunny
Our brains love socialising, by keeping us stimulated and connected with the world around us. Try committing to meeting up with a friend, family member or work colleague at least once a week.
Day 4: Challenge yourself
You are never too old to learn something new. Every time you learn something new, you’re strengthening your brain. Learning a new language for example can change both the structure and function of your brain network. Plus going outside our comfort zone can help to build self-esteem and confidence.
Day 5: Dose of nature
Make sure you connect with nature at least once a week. It would be your local park, creek or beach.
Connecting with nature can help to calm down your brain, reduce blood pressure, anxiety and improve mental health. The Japanese have known this for a long time and refer to this as “forest bathing”. Proximity to water can be particularly good for your well-being.
Day 6: Get enough shut eye
Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep helps to rest the brain and make us feel recharged the next day. Aim for seven to eight hours per night. Make sure you put away all your electronic gadgets half an hour earlier than normal to help you wind down and don’t be tempted to check your work emails before you go to bed.
Day 7: Alcohol Free Days
If you drink alcohol, reduce your intake and aim for at least two alcohol free days each week. Try a wine spritzer (wine diluted with plain mineral water) instead of a glass of wine and use a smaller glass. Choose light beers over standard ‘heavy’ beers.
So what are you waiting for? Get your friends and workmates involved today and start sharing.
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