Brain health is critical. What you eat and drink, how much or how little you exercise, and how you sleep, socialize and manage stress impacts your brain's cognitive functioning.
Take our six-question quiz and find out if your brain is healthy or needs a little dose of TLC:
I exercise regularly to stimulate chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood, and thinking. ___ T ___ F
I eat food rich in antioxidants (dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, goji berries, raspberries, kale, etc.) that help fend off the harmful effects of oxidation in my brain caused by exposure to harmful stress. ___ T ___ F
I control and reduce the risks of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, head trauma, higher cholesterol, and smoking by getting my annual check-up, following my doctor's recommendations and taking medications as prescribed. ___ T ___ F
I use sleep and relaxation techniques to energize me, improve my mood and immune system, and manage stress. ___ T ___ F
I stay mentally fit and promote new brain cell growth by continuing to learn, embrace new activities, and develop new skills and interests. ___ T ___ F
I protect against memory loss by spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends. ___ T ___ F
6 True: Your brain is healthy! Keep up the great work!
4-5 True: Good job, but maybe it's time to implement some healthy new habits.
2-3 True: Some healthy habits are easier than others. Make some additional time in your day for your brain. You may need to make some intentional habit changes, and if that seems challenging, bring a friend or family member along and make healthy changes with a supportive loved one.
0-1 True: Your brain needs some TLC. If you're not engaging in any brain health activities, now is the time to re-calibrate. Select 1 brain healthy activity and start small. Now is as good a time as ever to think smarter.
Sometimes, students that score high on this quiz still struggle with cognitive functioning.
Often, this is caused by test anxiety.
To find out how to manage your test anxiety symptoms, schedule a free consult with our test prep specialists and request a copy of our initial diagnostic evaluation and test anxiety symptom checklist.