Brain Health and Attitude
What does attitude have to do with brain health? Actually—a lot! Our emotions are expressed biochemically. There is a connection with the hormones in our brain, body, and neurotransmitters to each other and our emotions. Our feelings, our outlook on life, our stressors, all impact our body and brain function. Therefore, how we relate to one another-all our relationships-effect our brain health. Being happy and light-hearted or sad, angry and uptight all play a role in the well-being of our brain. We all need to strive to maintain a positive attitude for the sake of our health.
How can we achieve a positive attitude when we are feeling down or frustrated? The first step is recognition. As we feel ourselves slipping into a negative frame of mind – do something positive. Exercise is an excellent way to switch up our mood. Exercise not only helps us to de-stress, but it also perfuses oxygen to the brain and promotes new nerve growth. The source of our emotions comes from our brain’s neurotransmitters. Maintaining a healthy brain helps us sustain a healthy attitude.
In addition to exercise, getting a good night’s sleep is essential for a positive attitude. Our body produces serotonin, which is a crucial mood transmitter. Sleep restores and rejuvenates our body and brain cells allowing us to increase our resilience and ability to handle problems and challenges that we may face throughout the day.
Finally, surround yourself with positive people. Who we associate with also impacts our mood. Want a more productive and positive outlook on life? Add exercise, a good night’s sleep, and hanging out with positive people to your daily routine.
Liz Tuttle, MD
Columbus Wellness Medicine, LLC
3807 Attucks Dr. Powell, OH 43065