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Health Tips to Know for Anyone with a Neurological Condition

Health Tips to Know for Anyone with a Neurological Condition

You may feel overwhelmed if a doctor diagnosed you with a neurological condition. You could face one of thousands of diagnoses, including epilepsy, an autoimmune disorder like multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson's disease.

Any of these disorders could bring you sorrow, grief, and anger. They can make it difficult to live life as you used to, depending on the symptoms you experience. Thankfully, there are health tips you can follow to help you deal with your diagnosis. The five options below will strengthen your brain and give you the best possible life despite your neurological condition.

1. Exercise Every Week

One of the best things you can do for your neurological condition, if you are able, is to stay active. You will receive brain benefits when you engage in exercise and other physical activities.. Any mental decline will come on slower, and you have a lower risk of getting dementia. Exercise increases the blood flow to your brain, and it reinforces connections in neurological pathways. Try to engage in some type of physical activity at least two to three times a week. Go on a 30-minute walk or play a round of your favorite game.

2. Get Regular Sleep

If you have a neurological condition, you need to get regular sleep. Getting ample rest clears any abnormalities in your brain and can boost memory reception. Most experts agree that you need at least seven or eight hours of sleep per night, and it should not come in two to three-hour increments. If you struggle with something like sleep apnea, you will not get these consecutive hours. Talk to your medical team about this condition to get treatment so you can heal your brain through sleep.

3. Talk to Your Doctor About a Wireless EEG

Depending on your neurological condition, you may have to regularly go to your neurologist to get an EEG done. This diagnostic tool monitors brainwaves to determine if there are changes with your diagnosis. Unfortunately, these EEGs take hours out of your day, as the neurologists have to see what happens in your brain over an extended period. Set up an appointment with your doctor so you can discuss the benefits of a wireless EEG. This can be greatly beneficial to your health and is also more efficient to use. This is also true especially if you are someone who remains active despite your diagnosis or condition. You can perform your daily tasks at home or in your office with this device monitoring your brain. Your neurologist will receive reports from the machine to help them detect any changes.

4. Remain Mentally Active

You do not only need physical exercise, but you have to stay mentally active. If you do not use your brain, you will lose more of its functioning, especially if you have a neurological condition. You can do something as simple as reading a book, or you can put together a puzzle with your loved ones. Incorporate as many ideas as possible to keep your brain guessing about the mental activities you enjoy. You do not have to pay for a brain-training program, as you will receive many of the same benefits from the activities mentioned.

5. Connect with Others

Finally, you should maintain a sense of connection with others. Regularly socialize with your friends and family members and do some of your favorite things with them. Engaging in these activities with the people you love most will ease some anxiety, stress, and depression associated with your condition. There are also support groups for individuals who suffer from similar conditions as the one you have. Go to some of their meetings and meet others in the same circumstances. These people will understand what you have to go through more than anyone else.

Helping Your Neurological Condition

If you have a new diagnosis of a neurological condition, you may feel hopeless. There are steps you can take to continually improve your brain health, though you will likely never get rid of the disorder. First, you need to engage in physical and mental exercise. The former types of activities help to stimulate blood flow to the brain, while the latter keeps the connections strong. You should also frequently connect with others to help alleviate some of the stress of your condition. Finally, get regular sleep every night to ensure your brain has a chance to reset each night.


This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Rayanne Morriss.

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