BRAIN HEALTH | 11.20.2017 | BY ABBIE ELDRIGE, MS, CCC-SLP
Slowing down and taking breaks may seem like the opposite of what is expected of us during the busy holiday season. There is tremendous value in pacing yourself and finding a healthy balance between activity and rest that allows you to maximize your participation and minimize your symptoms. Whether you are planning low-key gatherings or multiple festive events, it is helpful to understand what helps your brain feel it’s best to truly enjoy all that the season has to offer.
Pacing and Brain Health Tips:
- Plan ahead: Prioritize your favorite activities and schedule around those. Think about the setting ahead of time (activities with more stimulation may be more draining). Schedule rest breaks (or even rest days) between activities.
- Recruit Help: Ask a family member or friend to help you monitor your activity level. They can help with scheduling and give loving reminders when you may be overdoing it.
- Listen To Your Body: Pay attention to symptoms that signal that your brain and body are fatigued. Honor these signals and take the steps needed to help rest and restore your energy.
- Maintain Healthy Routines: Continue all the regular practices that support your wellbeing and give you energy, including rest, nutrition, meditation and exercise.
We hope that these suggestions help empower you to enjoy a celebratory season filled with love, community and health.