This is a picture of Annie's Graduation from Santa Clara U. Her face is green due to the green accounting shades all accounting majors wore. I promised to bring you the latest post-stroke research available through this website. Well I found an article recently that was more for the general public, but it really applies to the recovery of the post-stroke survivors.Before I got sick I thought I was smart, healthy and happy, to name just a few adjectives. I mean I have already shared with you my accomplishments as a child and through my school years all the way through college and earning my CPA. And I have also shared with you my accomplishments as a professional and as a wife, mom, aunt and I could (and may) go on.
Here’s a summary and it’s from an article by Deep Patel in entrepreneur.com dated 10-31-18. The title of the article is 13 Things You Can Do Daily to be Smarter, Healthier and Happier. Basically, it says to start working toward building a robust mind and body you need to work with these 13 daily challenges.
1. Increase your brain power by playing an instrument. Research shows that regularly playing a musical instrument may even improve your cognitive skills.
2. Stay sharp by reading books. Studies also show that reading books, no matter the type, increases your language comprehension and vocabulary.
3. Write - it can “untangle” your mind. Writing encourages a lot like vocabulary growth and grammar, but it also untangles our messy minds, allows for clearer thinking, and allows us to learn more by improving our ability to absorb information.
4. Boost brain cell health through exercise. Studies tend to show that people who exercise regularly are healthier and have higher IQ scores, and people who exercise regularly think more clearly and are better at coming up with new ideas. Physical activity has been shown to affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain and even the abundance of new brain cells. This is very important for post-stroke survivors.
5. Socialize to increase intellectual performance. Socializing is an important part of our lives -- it turns out those friendly gatherings actually increase our intellectual performance.
6. Drink plenty of water to fuel body and mind. Staying hydrated with water is crucial to overall health. Drinking water is a natural pick-me-up.
7. Harness the protégé effect to help you learn. Learning by teaching goes back to ancient times, but modern researchers have discovered exactly why it works. It has to do with the “protégé effect,” in which students who teach their study material to others perform better on tests than those who learn for the sake of learning. Teaching improves your understanding, knowledge and retention of a subject.
8. Make smart diet choices to support your body and mind.
Turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
9. Hone athletic skills for improved brain performance.Athletics is not just a good way to exercise your body; it is actually a great way to improve your brain’s performance.
10. Sleep to help you remember.Let us just remember this - it is very simple. In our rushed and busy world, it’s easy to overlook nature’s best (and absolutely free) cognitive enhancer: sleep. But we need it. Sleep is crucial. Good sleep is crucial.
11. Learn a new language to increase problem-solving skills.Knowing how to speak more than one language is increasingly important, especially in our global world. But, knowing and using more than 1 language also has the benefit of making you smarter.
12. Break out of your comfort zone for maximized performance.The trick is to break out of your “comfort zone” and push yourself to do things differently every day. Try something new, but not to the point where you’re on anxiety overload.
13. Adopt a learning mind to broaden your knowledge.Pushing your brain to learn new concepts can be an amazing workout for your mind.
Well, these are the 13 things the article talks about in greater depth. Like I mentioned, you should read it and you will have a chance to be smarter, healthier and happier! And, your post-stroke self will be much better improved!
"Whatever you do, don't wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life." -- George Clooney