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I have a big regret from my youth, but I don’t want to have a future regret with my Brain Health!
When I was in middle school, I had an opportunity to participate in a countywide choir program. I was so excited to be selected since this was for advanced singers, and truly an honor. I registered, and I practiced, but when the day came to perform, I started to let my anxiety get the best of me. So much, that I protested going and ultimately convinced my parents to turn around and head home. To this day, I live with the regret of what might have been, and the chance I had to really show my skills.
This experience has stuck with me ever since, and I have used this story as a way to talk my kids about my own mistakes and missed opportunities. It also serves as a reminder for me and as an adult, I do not want to take on anymore regrets.
Because of this, I try to push myself to try new things, get outside of my comfort zone, as well as make better choices to improve the quality of my life. One of the ways I can do that is making sure to take care of my Brain Health. I learned recently that people can have slower brain function and memory loss if they don’t take care of themselves in their 40s.
I have taken steps to achieve my best mental state (FOCUS!) and work towards my best self from a healthy living perspective. One of these ways has been to walk with a friend in the evenings and get together with friends for play-dates. I am exercising, having great conversations with other Stay at Home Moms, and also being able to communicate feelings to relieve anxiety and stress.
In addition, I have started reading chapter books to my children. This is a WIN WIN for all of us because I get to use my imagination, act out the parts, and entertain my children. Not to mention, I get to spend quality time with them, which makes me feel relaxed and loved.
A long-term lifestyle change for me has been to consume fish like salmon, eat fruits and vegetables, and be careful to not overindulge in fatty or sugary foods. I am a firm believer in moderation. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association defines a healthy brain as a brain that is functioning at its best, free from disease and is receiving normal blood flow and oxygen levels. Healthy behaviors they recommend with both Heart and Brain Health benefits include:
- Controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
- Eating healthy
- Sleeping well
- Being physically and socially active
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Controlling weight and not smoking
These behaviors do not take the place from seeking medical advice from a licensed professional or a visit to your physician for medical issues.
Today is the day to make changes, so don’t miss out due to health regrets. Visit Life’s Simple 7 for more tips and ideas on how to help Heart and Brain function.
I will continue to make little changes for Brain Health and to stay active and clear for my “3 Reasons.”
Carlee @ FLL