10 Ways to Help Your Brain Heal

10 Ways to Help Your Brain Heal

Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be in a car accident or get concussed on a football field to actually injure your brain. A brain injury may also result from a sports injury or a knock to the head from a seemingly innocuous fall.

Brain injuries can also occur from the sudden, jarring movement of the head and neck (like whiplash).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur each year in the United States, in addition to hundreds of thousands of unreported incidents of head trauma, including undiagnosed concussions.

You Really Aren’t Hard Headed, So Be More Careful

Your brain is not a hard, fixed substance- it is soft and Jell-O-like in consistency, composed of millions of fine nerve fibers. Your brain “floats” in fluids within a hard, bony skull containing multiple sharp ridges.

Often, brain injuries that don’t result in a loss of consciousness go unnoticed and are never treated. Unfortunately, research shows that undiagnosed brain injuries are a major cause of anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, ADD/ADHD, and suicide.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Brain injury symptoms often include:

  • Cognitive changespoor concentration, memory problems, learning issues, poor judgment and impulsivity, and difficulty putting thoughts into words.
  • Physical complaints – dizziness, fatigue, headaches, visual disturbances, trouble sleeping, sensitivity to light and sound, poor balance.
  • Psychosocial concerns – depression, anger outbursts, irritability, personality changes, anxiety.

Symptoms can last for hours, days, weeks, months or longer. Ignoring your indicators and trying to “tough it out” with any brain injury can often makes symptoms worse.

Prevention is the Best Option for Brain Health

To help keep your brain safe and prevent TBI:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Always buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child’s height, weight, and age) in the car.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications that can impair the ability to drive.
  • Avoid high risk sports and activities where you can hit your head. 
  • Always wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets during contact sports, bike riding, horseback riding, skateboarding, snowmobiling, skiing or snowboarding. 
  • Do not dive in water less than 12 feet deep or in above-ground pools. Check the depth and check for debris in the water before diving.

How to Avoid Falls in the Home

  • Using a step stool with a grab bar to reach objects on high shelves
  • Installing handrails on stairways
  • Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows
  • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around
  • Removing or securing tripping hazards such as loose electrical cords
  • Using non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  • Putting grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower

If you or someone you love experiences an impact or violent shake to the head, seek medical advice immediately.

How Can I Help Myself Recover from a Brain Injury?

There are a number of self-care techniques you can use to help your brain heal.

First and foremost, you should protect yourself from injuring your brain again. People who have had repeated injuries to their brain (like professional football players) may experience serious long-term problems and, in rare cases, it can cause brain swelling and even death.

10 Ways to Help Your Brain Heal

  1. Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day
  2. Increase your activity slowly
  3. Write down the things that may be harder than usual for you to remember
  4. Avoid alcohol, drugs and caffeine
  5. Eat brain-healthy foods
  6. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  7. Ask your doctor when it’s okay for you to drive a car, ride a bike, or operate machinery
  8. Avoid activities that are physically demanding (sports, and housework, for example)
  9. Avoid activities that require a lot of thinking or concentration (like playing video games or balancing a checkbook)
  10. Be patient because healing takes time


With targeted treatment, you can change your brain and change your life. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation, contact the Amen Clinics Care Center today online or call (888) 288-9834.

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  1. John Dolan says:

    Great post. Thank you!

  2. Mitchell Ferguson says:

    Thanking you so much, Dr Amen what you have done for me. I had a physical strike to my brain by a parent and I had no idea this could be as traumatic as it has shown to be. Later in life, I had problems with memory especially in my 50s. I the ‘brain smart’ supplements I have regained much of my memory loss. Very helpful with work and with the kids. Blessings to you.

  3. Tracey Mullen says:

    The ABC’s of a healthy brain. Thank you for the simplicity of the most complicated part of our bodies.

  4. Mary Beth Underwood says:

    So do you have any charitable programs that can help diagnose and treat patients that have had multiple brain injuries and are chronically affected? I’ve had six since 2005. Two TBIs, three whiplash concussions, and one aquired during a second brain surgery to “remove” a secondary arachnoid cyst caused by a TBI. The surgeon nicked a vein causing hemorrhage and resulted in encephalomacia.

  5. Yolanda says:

    My son in law suffered a brain aneurysm and a stroke. Part of his brain that gave him empathy was removed. He never received any rehabilitation . This happened because of drug use. He is now extremely aggressive and hostile, dresses up in women’s clothes, is verbally and physically abusivevto my daughter who is his caregiver and suffers from Parkinson’s. Had been hospitalized twice, but released within two days. Nobody wants to deal with him. Now and again my daughter suffers the consequences. What can be done? We are at the end of our rope

    • Dalvir Bachra says:

      Hi, you could try hyperbariatric oxygen therapy, it increases oxygen to brain and could heal your son in law.

  6. Ita John says:

    Thanks, Dr. Daniel Amen of Amen Clinic! Care for your brain

  7. Virginia White says:

    My husband had a tree accident that knocked him unconscious and gave him a neck Injury, concussion, several small skull fractures. He was in a neck brace for two months. He has healed but seems to have delayed responses and difficulty with following directions. Any suggestions for help7

  8. Myrlaine says:

    I am 39 and Recently diagnosed with spontaneous subdural hematoma. The first sign was a really sharp headache that lasted off and on for days until I couldn’t take it and went to the er.

    I am now off pain meds and and have frequent episodes of headache and ringing in ear. They last for about 4 min.

    I am not experiencing any other symptom and have another cat scan scheduled in a few days to see if there is further bleeding.

    My question is does this eventually heal? Please send all the prayers you can my way. I have 3 daughters and not ready to leave them.

  9. Hema Kanojia says:

    I am 29 years old. I feel weakness in my whole right hand and i also feel very anxious about my future like marriage etc

  10. kolly says:

    a glassy door fall on my head resulting to a cut nearthe side of my fore head after sometimes since then have been having troubles with the above listed problems what can I do I hardly remembers my dream now and now am now that Kind of dull person which I don’t really like

  11. Muhammad Asghar says:

    Sir my uncle brain totaly damge he is talking alone we are famiily ofset ..
    Doctr told him brain not recover please tell what i do

  12. Cheryl Simmons says:

    Dr Amen,
    IS it possible to have a personal conversation with you? I am in serious trouble mentally and I feel I have no where to turn. I have tried all kinds of help and it has not worked. I have insurance but I dont think it will work out of my state. I am on limited money right now. Thanks I sure hope that you can reply.


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