The goal of my brain classes seemed simple: look at the five areas of brain health, brainstorm what youâ€™re currently doing well, what youâ€™d like to add/change and how youâ€™re going to support those changes.
It always seems easier in theory.
Then I went to an old friendsâ€™ website (Barbara Sher) and was struck by how one of her four principles to â€œgetting everything you wantâ€ so aptly fits with our brain challenge: â€œIsolation is the dream killer, not your attitude.â€ In other words, simply thinking positive can not replace encouragement, accountability and support.
So get a buddy. Someone you trust and tell them what youâ€™re trying to do. Check in once a week and celebrate the changes youâ€™re making (even the small, itty bitty ones).
One of my brain health changes is to add two pieces of fruit into my daily diet. Seems simple, but I forget. So now I announce to my housemates when Iâ€™m cutting up fruit or eating a banana. I make a conscious effort to seek out support.
Youâ€™re in this for the long haul. Donâ€™t get discouraged. Let me hear from you.
P.S. If you need help to get out of ruts and think more creatively, I highly recommend the Mental Fitness card deck. This tool will help you open your creative brain and support your brain health. It is one of the best tools I know of.
Be sure to tune into Kare 11 on Tuesday, November 23 on Showcase Minnesota.Â I will be discussing National Family Caregivers Month.