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A grid with 9 sections - the three columns are headed activity, attitude and lifestyle - Activity has 3 sections Get physical (a cartoon of a women on a treadmill). Stay Social - 3 characters together, Go Mental 2 chess pieces. Keep smiling ( a cartoon character smiling) Manage stress ( a cartoon character meditating) Be PResent a cartoon character leaning o a map drop pin. LifeStyle: Love your heart a stethescope in shape of a heart, Cherish sleep a( a cartoon character in bed) Choose balance (a cartoon character balancing on words)Activity – Attitude – LifestyleThe small things you do each day can make a difference. Think about it – as a kid you most likely started brushing your teeth every day because you knew that the time that you invest in cleaning your teeth today extends the life of your teeth, protecting against tooth decay and dental pain in the future.

Of course even if you do everything that you are supposed to, your investment doesn’t come with an absolute guarantee, rather it reduces the risk of pain and delays the onset of decay. Still, the benefits are well worth the time invested.

The same applies to brain health.

Certain things we do like mental stimulation, being socially connected and even taking physical exercise can offer protection against the impact that disease, injury or even ageing can have on our cognitive function (being able to pay attention, remember, plan) at some point in our future.

However, as is the case with our teeth, developing good brain health habits is not an absolute guarantee but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is definitely a worthwhile investment if you fancy holding on to important brain functions like memory and attention for as long as possible.

Everyone with a brain needs to consider brain health because we lose a little brain volume each year through a process called ‘atrophy’ or wasting, and some of our life choices increase our risk of developing diseases that impair cognitive function in later life. So it is important to adopt brain healthy habits to maintain your brain reserves and indeed to boost your cognitive reserves so that your brain has the best possible chance should disease or injury strike.

In Multiple Sclerosis atrophy can take place more rapidly. In fact, people with relapsing-remitting MS can, on average, lose brain volume faster than people without MS who are the same age.

So it is even more important to adopt brain health habits as soon as possible. The important take-home message is that key lifestyle changes, small attitude adjustments and activities that reduce risk or offer protection can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.


Dr Sabina Brennan explains why everyone with a brain needs to consider brain health

Check out the brain health hacks below to get you started

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