by Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Psychologist, Instructor, Mom
Who wants a healthy brain? Hope you answered, “I do!” Are there things you can do to keep your brain healthy? Absolutely! By the way, did you know that the brain is the key to mental health? That’s right, mental health is the health of the brain. What makes for a healthy brain? Glad you asked. Read on.
Secrets to a healthy brain:
- Eat fresh fruits and veggies, brain food!
- Practice a regular sleep pattern
- Find some outdoor activities you enjoy
- Get to know your emotions, see them as your friends
- Learn to communicate your feelings calmly and clearly
- Practice controlling your emotional impulses
- Think of ways to solve daily problems successfully
- Ask for help from family, friends and professionals
- Remember, we are all in this together, so let’s help each other out
Even when we think we have it all under control, sometimes things go wrong. That’s part of being human. We all have moments when we need support from each other. We may find our brain crying out in pain. During these times, our mental health suffers. It happens to everyone at some point in life, so let’s not be embarrassed or isolated. Let’s find the courage to ask for help. Fortunately, Colorado has several ways to ask for help.
The State of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners have ways for us to ask for help during a crisis. Their help lines are detailed on their site: http://coloradocrisisservices.org/. They even have phone and text numbers available to all individuals to ask for help. The new text message crisis line is safe and encrypted just like banks encrypt their transactions. The phone and text lines are available to offer help when we need it. The crisis phone and text lines:
Phone: Colorado Crisis Support Line [1-844-493-TALK (8255)]
Text: Anyone can text the word TALK to 38255 anytime, from anywhere in Colorado and ask for help for you or someone you care about.
Remember, brain health is the key to all health, so never hesitate to ask for help to take care of your brain.