When we were little, sometimes a band-aid and a kiss were all we needed to make a boo-boo go away. Solutions were simple. Sadly, solutions aren’t always so simple for anxiety, depression, and all the other things that hound us as we grow up.
But what if there were some simple things we could all do to give each of us a healthier mental edge?
You can take care of yourself with 3 basic contributors of brain health (that are often overlooked): sleep, a good diet, and regular exercise. 
And here’s why:
- Healing things happen while we sleep: most of the production of our neurotransmitters and brain cells occurs while we get shut eye.  To maximize the healing process, establish a calming bedtime routine: reduce evening consumption of caffeine and other stimulants, stop using digital devices about 1-2 hours before bedtime, and choose quiet activities that help your mind and body unwind. 
- Since the body has to process whatever we put into it, eat well and regularly, balance food groups, and try to avoid excessive sugar and stimulants to help diminish mood swings.
- Last but not least, aerobic exercise releases endorphins that promote brain growth as well as counteract a down mood.
So now you have 3 ways to take care of yourself and move towards a healthier future: proper sleep, a good diet, and regular exercise. They don’t provide a panacea, but they may give you a leg up.
How are you challenged to take care of yourself?
 Daniel Siegel, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2010), 87.