– Ways to Improve Neurological Wellness at Home –
In support of National Wellness Month, Florida Neurologist Dr. Deborah Boland is offering ways to improve neurological wellness at home. A healthy diet, exercise, and mental health are wellness essentials, but other factors contribute to neurological health.
Practice Self-Care to Boost Immunity and Promote Neurological Health
Dr. Boland’s team at Florida-based Be Mobile Neurology often touts the positive benefits of self-care and healthy lifestyles. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies reasons for practicing self-care at home to boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and support neurological health. Here are simple suggestions:
- With safer-at-home guidelines, now is a perfect time to enjoy the art of cooking healthy recipes at home with vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, lean proteins, and fresh herbs.
- In addition to nutrient-rich foods, the body needs water to function and fight off illnesses. Set a daily minimum of 48 to 64 ounces. While in hot environments, aim for 8 ounces of water every hour.
- For flavor, add fresh lemon juice or cucumber slices to your water. Avoid sodas, sugary drinks, and junk foods that can deplete energy and increase inflammation.
- Physical exercises at home can support cognitive functioning and memory, while also helping to manage or prevent neurological conditions.
- No need to leave home or hit the gym. You can find fitness benefits and therapeutic value in exercises like Yoga, Tai chi, and Pilates. Start with an Internet search for introductory videos.
- Stress-reducing physical exercises may help ease symptoms related to neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Tourette’s, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Headaches, and other conditions.
Follow a Wellness Plan for At-Home Neurological Care
Undeniably, stress management exercises like meditation and mindfulness are helpful, but stress relief is only one part of a wellness plan. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Movement Disorder Specialist, Dr. Boland recommends designing a personal health plan and daily schedule for healthy activities. Consider these suggestions:
- On a daily basis, enjoy three nutritious meals, 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, fulfilling work or chores if appropriate, social interactions (in-person or virtual), brain-stimulating playtime (reading or games), meditative relaxation, and at least seven or more hours of quality sleep.
- Stay up-to-date with CDC guidelines, and browse for helpful videos and neurology articles, such as the COVID-19 and Neurologic Disease Resource Center at Brain & Life Magazine.
- Remember, at-home medication management, therapies, and medical evaluations are vital for neurology patients. Rely on personalized treatment strategies or a neurological care plan set by a licensed neurologist.
- Setting a schedule, calendaring reminders with alerts, and keeping a diary to record symptoms or other information to share with your neurologist will help support positive outcomes.
Be Mobile Neurology makes it easy for patients to ask questions and access care via in-person home visits or through telemedicine appointments using a phone, tablet, or computer. Dr. Boland provides compassionate telehealth consults for patients spanning from Tampa to Bradenton and Sarasota areas, out to other metro and rural areas of Florida, and far beyond to places like Asheville, NC.
Contact Be Mobile Neurology at (813) 981-4403 to schedule an appointment to support your wellness goals and improve your neurological health. Be sure to ask about our Direct Pay Care program for affordable payment options.
Reducing Risks During COVID-19
Consider this Medical Association “Risk Assessment” Chart when practicing self-care and assessing your day-to-day activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.