Making Brain Healthy Decisions Part 2
Previously, we discussed how the quality of your decisions determines your success in all that you do. That is why one of the steps of our online program focuses specifically on improving your decision-making abilities.
As promised, here are 6 more helpful tips you can use to make better brain healthy decisions every day:
1. If we want our children to make better decisions for their lifetime we need to do a much better job of taking care of their brains.
The brain is not fully efficient until we are twenty-five years old. To avoid disrupting early brain development, help young people avoid smoking, substance abuse, brain trauma, a lousy diet, stress and poor sleep.
2. People who struggle with addictions may also have ADD or ADHD. When left untreated, a person has less ability to control his or her impulses, setting them up for significant health problems, poor decisions, and early death.
Natural ways to treat ADHD, include intense aerobic exercise, a very healthy diet, a multiple vitamin, fish oil, and supplements (such as green tea, rhodiola, l-tyrosine) or medication to enhance prefrontal cortex function.
3. Being overweight is damaging to your prefrontal cortex, and can have a negative impact on the decision-making part of the brain.
Getting your weight under control, starting now, will help you enhance your health and longevity.
4. Practicing self-control is a good exercise to strengthen your prefrontal cortex. The more you use it the stronger it gets.
To develop your prefrontal cortex, you can practice saying no to the things that are not good for you and over time you will find it easier to do.
5. Low levels of omega three fatty acids have also been associated with ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity – all brain issues that lead to poor decision-making.
You can optimize your omega-3 fatty acid levels by eating more fish or taking fish oil.
6. Keep a journal. On one piece of paper write down the specific goals you have for all the main areas of your life. Then ask yourself every day, “Is my behavior getting me what I want?”
This simple but profound activity can be of tremendous help in encouraging better daily choices that add up to a better life.
You have a choice about how you respond to life and the decisions that are a part of every day. Amen Clinics has helped tens of thousands of people improve their brain health. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation, contact us today or call 888-288-9834.