In our latest e-newsletter, we ask this question:
What does self-care mean?
What does self-care mean to you? What does it mean to our community? What does it mean for healing after brain injury?
We explore these ideas (and more) and we invite you all to participate in the conversation. Click here to read more.
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Brain injury changes the lives of individuals, families and communities. At BEST, we believe that in the waves of that change we will find our true direction and journey forward after brain injury through empowerment and self-care.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Let’s take awareness to superhero status by supporting each other to live our BEST lives possible.
We invite you to peruse the rest of this website and join us. All are welcome!
Here’s a list of just some of the key elements of why people use social media:
- To keep in touch with family and friends.
- To connect with others.
- To have conversations.
- To find information and resources.
- To promote businesses, products and services (if applicable to them).
Needless to say, social media is important and is deeply ingrained in our community and cultural landscapes.
For those of us in the brain injury community, whether we’re survivors or caregivers, social media can serve an even more vital purpose. Not only can it serve us well in the six items noted above, it can be a terrific and helpful way to connect to other brain injury community members across the world. For some of us, social media offers hope, community, and even a lifeline.
So, social media is pretty perfect, yes?
Unfortunately, no. In fact, it’s far from it.
While social media can bring out the best in people, it can also bring out the worst.
Arguments. Ugly and/or uncomfortable posts and tweets. Negativity.
So, what does a social media user do to balance the good and the not-so-good things that come with social media use?
We’ve broken down some helpful tips and strategies to help you manage social media successfully, safely and positively. We have even provided personal tips from a social media expert at the end of this article.
Let’s get started.
But 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.
So, why is this?
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:
So, now that we know some of the top brain super-powered foods for our brains, how can you prepare and enjoy these foods?
Well, the good news is that recipes needn’t be complex and fancy to do a brain good.
We found a terrific website, bebrainfit.com, that features not one, not two, but 50 (that’s right 5-0) recipes that feature the brain healthy foods above and so many more to boot! The recipes are broken down by meal and category to make it easy to search for great healthy food that makes your brain happy and healthy!
Check it out by clicking, here.
Have a favorite brain food you like to eat (or in some cases, drink)? Do you have a recipe using any of the foods above that you love? Tell us all about it here!
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that’s not associated with fireworks or heavy drinking. It’s a holiday about loving your loved one and giving flowers, candy and jewelry. I wonder whether it would exist without those industries or the companies that make Valentine’s Day cards. It’s also the only holiday that uses an internal organ for a symbol; at least the only one I can think of. Maybe there’s a holiday symbolized by a liver or a spleen or something and I’m just drawing a blank here.
It’s also a holiday I always thought didn’t need a special day, as every day is an opportunity to let your loved one know you think they are special. And since I’m not in a romantic relationship at this time, it’s just another holiday that leaves me out.
I figure I’ll just focus on myself that day, as I do every other day of the year. After all, I really do love myself, as well as the idea of living as long as I can. I will continue doing what I usually do, which is to treat myself the way I treat other people I love.
I will continue to stick with my prescribed medications and eat healthy food. I’ll get some exercise and do some reading to try to keep my mind sharp, and probably get a lot of sleep, because my mind and body keep telling me I need to do that to fully recover after my stroke.
That’s what I would advise and urge somebody to do that I love and who had had a stroke. And since I’m incurably in love with myself and being alive, I think it’s worth doing.
There will be no exchange of gifts or intimate, romantic dinner for me this Valentine’s Day. I will be spending some quality time alone with the person I love most–myself. I’m just lucky I enjoy my own company.
Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He also doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab. Peterson also welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.