So many people suffer from feeling down, are anxious or suffer from memory lapses. Mental illness is still such a taboo subject and no one wants to admit their memory is an issue. Often, memory and mood go hand-in-hand. Brain health is so misunderstood and currently is in such decline. COVID-19 has shut down our country to a large extent, affected our finances, is causing social distancing to create a new ‘norm’ that is not normal at all for social creatures like us humans. There is less physical activity and worse food choices being made now than ever before, which is adding excess pounds of fat to our bodies. Extra fat cells on a body lead to inflammation, dis-ease, and a malfunctioning brain. As a result, many people’s brains are feeling sadder or more anxious and memory lapses are increasing. At Oasis Family Medicine, in Montrose, we are already seeing more of these situations and complaints from local clients. The CDC has an article on coping with stress during this pandemic. You may google “CDC Coping with Stress” or go to this site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.
See a healthcare provider to help decide your options and if you need further evaluation by a therapist. Failing to recognize or admit that there is a problem is super common. Often, it takes a close family member or friend pushing the person see their current issues and then to seek proper evaluation and treatment. Both proper evaluation and proper treatment are hard to come by unfortunately. Optimal treatment usually requires thorough evaluation and multiple therapeutic options. Taking psychiatric drugs is not usually necessary either. Other useful options often include optimizing your physiology, often by having a thorough blood evaluation including lipids, inflammation, hormones, blood vessel health, organ health, vitamins and minerals. One blood test that can be super useful to get is the Omega-3 Index, which measures the red-blood-cell levels of DHA and EPA, which are two of the most critical fatty acids for brain health. Neurofeedback can also be quite useful. In addition to some type of therapy or life-coaching, having a gratitude practice where you write down three things you are grateful for every day is simple and quite amazing when done consistently. Take daily walks, preferably in nature. Learn to meditate and, yes, even the most ADHD folks can meditate. No excuses 😊 Discover and use healthy food. If you need guidance on the food front, ask a health coach or health-conscious friend.
Getting your mind right and creating optimal brain health is critical to achieving the return of your ideal mood and memory. Your entire life will benefit including your energy, self-confidence, and your life-view.