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Four Simple TIps to Improve Your Brain Function

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (June 17, 2015) – Ruth Curran knows a great deal about brain health, function and recovery. 10 years ago she was in a major car accident where she suffered a traumatic brain injury, her brain basically ping-ponging around in her skull. Her 18-month recovery was a journey of science and the mysteries of the brain.

Four Simple Tips to Improve Your Brain FunctionIn Being Brain Healthy (www.rollingmulliganpublishing.com), Curran shares her path to recovery along with the techniques she used — and continues to use — to amplify her everyday experiences with the goal of maximizing brain health and function. Her book is one of hope, not only for those whose brains have been compromised through injury or illness, but also for anyone who wants to think better and improve their cognitive abilities.

Curran has the unique ability to share her insights on brain health and healing in a manner that simplifies complex neuroscience matters and turns them into real-world applications. Convinced that everyone can build better thinking skills through neuroplasticity and work their way out of what she calls “the fog” regardless of its cause, Curran shares how she did exactly that and made her entire life more fulfilling. Part of Curran’s quest for knowledge on the topic included a return to school to earn a master’s degree in psychology.

“The brain has an amazing ability to adapt, heal and stay healthy through the concept of neuroplasticity, literally meaning being able to change,” said Curran. “People may not realize they have all the tools they need to exercise the brain and ensure brain health now and in the future — we just have to tap into them and recognize them as such. You don’t need to add to your life; all you have to do is turn up the noise on what you already do by making small changes, adding sensory experiences, looking at things from different angles and adding quality through things like music and laughter,” she added.

Being Brain Healthy outlines several methods used by Curran, including ‘Be Active,’ ‘Be Social,’ ‘Be Engaged,’ ‘Be Purposeful’ and ‘Be Complicated.’ Each section is filled with background on the science behind each method and why certain activities enhance brain function. “It’s key to keep your brain firing,” Curran said.

For example, in the ‘Be Complicated’ section of the book, Curran discusses how to challenge your senses in new ways by changing simple elements of routine activity:

— Change your shoes: Switching up what you normally wear changes the way you feel the ground, balance and walk

— Try having a deep conversation while working out: Forcing your brain to do two things at once helps focus

— Listen to an audio book or podcast while cooking

— Blindfold yourself while tying your shoes

The entire point of each ‘Be’ chapter is to identify and use new techniques to force your brain to work, encouraging neuron health and function. With large groups of Baby Boomers retiring and increased life expectancies, the need to maintain brain health is greater than ever.

About Ruth Curran, MS:

Ruth Curran drew on her experience successfully overcoming a traumatic brain injury suffered in an automobile accident to become an expert on maximizing brain health and function through lifestyle modification and “turning up the noise on life.” Passionate about the connection between the brain and daily functioning, she believes everyone — regardless of age or stage of life — has the ability to use neuroplasticity to live a richer, deeper, more fully engaged life.

Curran has a master’s degree in psychology as well as more than 28 years of experience as a strategist, business development executive and organizational behaviorist. In addition to authoring Being Brain Healthy, she has created a series of photo-based thinking puzzles, games and apps that help players work on cognitive abilities such as attention, memory and executive functioning at www.craniumcrunches.com.

Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

Lois Alter Mark

Monday 3rd of August 2015

These are great tips. Ruth's book is a must-read for all midlifers, and I love that she gives such practical, easy to follow suggestions. She is truly an inspiration.

Carol Cassara

Monday 3rd of August 2015

This book makes an excellent gift--I gave it to my BFF who suffers from chemo brain & aftereffects of brain radiation, and she told me just today how much the tips and tricks have helped her. If you want to give a sick friend something useful? this is it!

Tam Warner Minton

Monday 3rd of August 2015

I love it. I am sharing it with Randy right now!

Nancy Hill (@nerthus)

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Changing things up is essential to good brain function, brain injury or not, I know that this past 13 months have been extremely challenging for me thinking-wise due to preoccupation with the slow passing of the last two of my siblings, both with dementia. If I had not started a new business, taken a new job, and undertaken a couple new projects I would have completely sunk into despair. Brain activity and creating new neural pathways, so says my neuro-chemist hubby, is essential to a healthy brain. Ruth's book is GREAT by the way.

Estelle

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Ruth, I didn't know you wrote a book. How fabulous. I am sure that you will help so many people through your writing and experiences from going though traumatic brain injury and finding your way back.

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