Take care of your brain health and well-being
In midlife, many people are faced with competing demands on their time and resources - balancing family and work commitments, the daily challenges of parenting a teen, managing the menopause or caring for parents - with very little time to take care of their needs. We’re here to provide brain health support and guidance to help you enjoy a happy and spirited midlife.
The demands placed on people during midlife create a perfect storm for stress and mental health challenges. But do you know how toxic uncontrolled stress can be? It is literally shrinking your brain. But here’s the good news: there are scientifically proven ways to effectively manage your stress levels so that they never get to a point where you find yourself crippled by it.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Can’t get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night and then can’t get back to sleep. You’re not alone. Most people in midlife have trouble sleeping. Here are four neuroscience-backed methods to help you sleep better in midlife and specific steps that you can take to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake-up well-rested.
Managing Menopausal Brain Symptoms
The menopause opens a new chapter in a woman’s life that can take her on a roller coaster ride of foreign feelings lasting easily a decade or more. From hot flushes to low mood to insomnia to forgetfulness, menopause can be deeply distressing for many women. Let's look at the impact of fluctuating hormones on a woman’s brain health and how to manage well-being during menopause.
How Food Affects Your Mood
Ever wondered why you feel low or lethargic after eating certain foods and invigorated and energised after eating others? I breakdown why certain foods affect your mood and how changing your diet can improve your mental health. When we eat foods high in refined carbohydrates and trans fats and don’t look after our gut health it has detrimental effects on our mood and mental health. Whereas traditional diets high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, fish and seafood lower the risk of depression and enhance mental wellbeing.
Why exercise makes you happy
Anyone who has ever gone on a run will be familiar with that "runner's high” feeling - that euphoric sense you get after a jog where you feel on top of the world. That post-workout good mood isn't just anecdotal: research has consistently shown that, in addition to physical health benefits, exercise boosts your mood and happiness. Let's look at why exercise is such a powerful mood-booster and how it can make you happy now and in the long-term.
Brain Healthcare for Women
Women experience three reproductive stages in their lives - puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause - that change their brain in unique ways. These three critical stages in a woman’s reproductive life are accompanied by huge hormonal changes that have huge effects on her brain. Let's consider how a woman’s brain changes during each of these stages and what she can do to protect her brain health now and for the rest of her life.