As a Soldier, your physical and mental health are both critical to being fit for duty. You might spend time at the gym taking care of your body, but are you taking time to guard your brain? Test yourself to see how many of these five activities you do each day.
1. Relax Your Brain
Give your brain a break for peace of mind. Ease stress and help your mind relax with the following tips:
2. Train Your Brain
You work out your body so you can pass the APFT. But your brain can also benefit from training to stay sharp and focused. You don’t have to be in school to train your brain. You can reset your brain to:
3. Feed Your Brain
Did you know that some foods are actually considered brain food? Some examples of foods that contribute to healthy blood flow, which can help your brain function better, are:
- Nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, almonds, and peanuts
- Whole grains, such as oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread
- Black beans
- Dark chocolate (don’t go overboard, of course!)
Caffeine can enhance focus and concentration, too; just limit how much you consume.
4. Give Your Brain Enough Sleep
Just as your body needs sleep, so does your brain. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep to allow your brain time to repair itself, work out problems, and process the day. Learn more about sleep cycles and styles.
5. Protect Your Brain
What you put in your body affects not only your muscles, but your mind, too. Steer clear of harmful substances to keep your brain healthy. Abusing illicit and prescription drugs or alcohol can cause damage to your brain and might impact your military career.
Guard your brain to guard your health!
- Struggling with negative thoughts? Talk to a Chaplain or Psychological Health Coordinator in your area.
- Check out these 10 steps to live in a healthy state of mind.
- Guard your brain (and body) with these superfoods.