Enjoy your Monday morning cup of personal empowerment! ☕❤️
“Eating healthy food fills your body with energy and nutrients. Imagine your cells smiling back at you and saying, ‘Thank you!'” (Quote from Karen Salmansohn).
Let’s take it a little further: imagine your brain smiling back at you and saying, ‘Thank you!'”
We know that our bodies thrive on healthy foods, right? However, did you know that healthy foods also help our brains thrive, too?
And it’s not just any healthy foods. Our brains love particular healthy foods.
Certain foods feed our brain the essentials to keep it protected, healthful and functioning at its best. And having the healthiest brain possible is important for everyone.
Below are some of the top foods that are good for your brain:
On the BEST blog, we’ve been fortunate to have some amazing food and nutrition experts, along with some access to other great resources, to help us serve up healthy food ideas and other delicious inspirations to keep our brain and bodies healthy and energized.
Following, are some links to various topics related to brain food right here on this blog. Just click on the highlighted word, here, to view. Enjoy!
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
This special month marks an opportunity for the brain injury community and the community at large to share awareness, knowledge, support, education, care and conversation.
As we kick off March 2022, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) warmly invites you to join us online this month for some brain empowerment!
As individuals and as a community, as we learn to empower our brains, we are able to move forward towards our goals of brain health, healing, wellness, and so much more.
Empowerment comes in the form of knowledge, support, conversations, education and even having some fun along the way!
At brainenergysupportteam.org, we offer:
You may have heard the old saying, Membership has its perks. We know you’ll find the resources and other membership benefits available to you both useful and valuable. You can further support BEST by letting others know about our membership opportunity and sharing your ideas for new perks with us. Check out memberships here.
Not ready to join BEST, yet would like to help? Your donation makes a difference in the lives of those impacted by brain injury. Any amount helps. Click here to make a fast, easy and secure donation today.
BEST in Second Life
Second Life is a virtual experience where all things are possible. It offers us the chance to engage in things individuals with physical and cognitive challenges might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy; live music, long walks on the beach, bike rides, shopping malls, sailing, dancing, and more.
Along with entertainment and socialization opportunities, there are activities such as support groups, workshops on health, presentations from noted institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University, opportunities for small business development, learning a new language, even taking classes and finishing a degree.
BEST has created a virtual presence for reaching out to those with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST hosts a variety of social events, small group discussions, workshops, and skills training. Our trainers also work with nonprofit leaders, businesses, artists, and educators.
There’s no cost to join us in Second Life. Click here to learn how to get started quickly and safely.
Here are just some of the activities and events offered in March 2022!
1 March – Phat Tuesday is a favorite at Etopia and this year we’re decked out to celebrate Mardi Gras. Whether you come with BESTies from around the world or on your own there’s plenty of fun to be had. We’ve even got a Habit Hunt to kick off Brain Injury Awareness Month.
13 March – Join all our BEST friends and colleagues for the monthly Nonprofit Commons Common Ground party. We’re hosting this green themed scene starting at 11am PST. Music to dance to by one a favorite BESTie; DJ Tori Landau.
17 March – Green Beer, Pizza, and Irish music are the theme for today’s dance at Etopia. Bring your favorite Leprechaun and enjoy the fun and tunes by Etopia’s own DJ Dani.
For additional details on these events and others, click here to reach out calendar.
We cordially invite you to visit our Education section here. You’ll find video courses, webinar archives, and more on a variety of topics!
Our website blog boasts a rich library of articles, essays, infographics, quotes, community profiles, guest bloggers, and more, on a wide variety of topics: empowerment; self-care; brain health; mental health; food wellness; caregiving resources, tips and strategies; peer support; and inspirational stories are just to name a few. Click here to check it out!
BEST Brain Games
Have fun and help your brain! Play BEST Brain Games anytime, anywhere, right from the comfort of home. Click here to get started!
BEST Covid-19 Resource Page
BEST has a dedicated Covid-19 resource page with news you can use to keep yourself healthy and safe. Click here to learn more.
Looking forward to a month of sharing and caring. Welcome!
We are reaching out for your help.
We know that COVID-19 has touched all our lives in profound and unimaginable ways.
We know you’re worried, and we’re worried, too.
Our team knows from years of personal experience that navigating a brain injury or other cognitive challenges is hard on individuals, caregivers and families.
It’s without saying the pandemic adds more difficulty.
From having to cope with stay at home orders, to navigating online and new technology now more than ever, the pandemic has upended how we all live and work.
Those in our community have shared with us that while they are trying to stay positive, there’s still tension, anxiety, sadness, and loss. We want to continue to support our community and need your help.
As the pandemic hit, we were able to adapt online quickly with information, educational opportunities and more.
Most importantly, through out these difficult months, we have been providing valuable support for brain injury support group facilitators to continue their efforts to support the community and those who are hurting and need help.
We are deeply determined to reach out in love, care and support to make sure our community isn’t overlooked and forgotten.
Despite our hard work, efforts and intentions, it’s not enough financially.
The facts are clear.
We need your urgent support by September 30, 2020.
Following are ways you can help us TODAY:
What’s in it for you?
Helping a large, and often overlooked, community network with the lifelines and resources that they need, in a time of great need.
And supporting a creative organization to expand their offerings and capacity to welcome and embrace more community members, and to continue to offer free and reduced-cost activities and education.
Click here to help.
There’s more: you don’t have to take our word for it. Take theirs (see graphic below).
Thank you, for your time, attention, and sense of urgency. You will make a difference as you are the difference.