I read a lot of magazine articles and blog posts about looking after your body by eating right and exercising regularly along with the suggestions to go vegan on Monday, vegetarian on Tuesday, drink a hundred juices on Wednesday… you get the picture. There seems to be a strong focus on what you are putting into your body and how we need to be thoughtful about that in order to look after ourselves. For the most part, people share good advice and helpful insight, I love a new recipe to try or face mask to cleanse my skin. It’s just that there doesn’t seem to be as much emphasis on caring for your brain, which in my opinion is just as important as the rest of your body.
What we eat affects how our brain functions and how long we have that handy mind of ours ticking over as it should. Foods rich in antioxidants and gallic acid like blueberries help protect the brain againat disease, whilst coconut oil has been linked to helping with memory loss. It may seem a bit early to be thinking about your brain health whilst we are young and seem to be functioning fine with high pressure jobs and busy social lives but just like looking after the rest of your body sets you up for a healthy life, so does looking after your brain.
If you are eating clean anyway, then no doubt you are part the way there already to caring for your brain. However, the other piece of the puzzle is being kind to yourself. Avoid looking at what others seem to have and punishing yourself for not living up to your perception of others success and just enjoy the great things about you and your life. Your brain needs nourishment from food and love.
It’s really important to build time into your schedule where you give your mind a break from stress, the pressure of work and social obligations to just be relaxed. Almost like a mini mental detox. The challenge, should you choose to accept it is simple – give yourself just 5 minutes a day of guilt free, stress free space for your head. If you can be kind you your body, you can afford to be kind to your mind.