This year, I think I’ll prioritize brain health.
I’ll sleep a bit more, learn to give it some rest by turning it off for periods of time. Meditation maybe. Or just remember to stop thinking/planning my day out in the shower. Let it do nothing for a little while. I could read more, put down my phone. I might eat less sugar, walk amongst trees, breathe long breaths. Stop asking too much of it.
Watching my daughters brain develop has me thinking a lot about my brain, and how I treat it; the greatest computers ever built.
When I think of my own brain health I feel relieved, first. After 15 years of drinking, essentially poisoning it, I quit. I’ll never know the damage it did, but all I can do is think ahead.
My sisters husbands mother once asked me about my lifestyle, my drinking, and told me if I continued to drink it will rot my brain. No one had ever said it like that, so it stuck with me.
Drinking aside, I’m sure the sugar i eat everyday is not particularly good for it. Nor is the heavy screen use, working on a computer and watching tv. Not prioritizing sleep probably has a huge effect on its functioning power and how it ages.
So why don’t we talk about how to be good to our brains? We all know meditation, yoga, sleep and eating healthy are good for our bodies. We know they’re good for our mind too. But when we speak of our mind I feel like we’re not necessarily referring to our brains, but rather our feeling mind. What makes us feel good.
When speaking about aging and health, I think we should replace mind with brain and consider it when making our day to day choices.