Show Your Brain Some Love is our annual campaign that was launched to coincide with Action for Brain Injury Week.

From 14th to 20th May 2018 we ran a campaign to highlight how and why it is important to keep your brain healthy. Take a look at the wonderful videos that were sent to us on Facebook and Twitter. Below you can view details of the challenge...

We want you

This year we wanted to hear how you show your brain some love. We asked you to view our six top tips and then create a short video explaining and/or showing one (or more than one!) of the tips that you practise regularly.

Our six top tips to help keep your brain healthy are:

1) Protection

Wearing a securely-fastened helmet helps give you protection from serious head and brain injuries.

2) Nutrition

A balanced diet can prevent age-related cognitive decline and help preserve brain function.

3) Learning

Practising new skills will have a positive impact on your brain and help improve memory retention.

4) Exercise

A daily brisk walk of one mile can change the size of your brain and help improve memory retention.

5) Mindfulness

Daily experiences of positive emotions and relaxation build personal resources and increase well-being.

6) Awareness

Chronic heavy drinking can make your brain shrink and drug use can affect your decisions.

All the top tips are based on academic, peer reviewed research. Sources for each tip are listed below.

How you can take part

Share your videos on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FromMyBrainToYours and tag the person you want to nominate to make a video next.

Don’t forget to tag us too so we can share your videos on our pages! (Please note, if you want us to see and share your post on Facebook you'll need to make that post public.)

  • Twitter: @theDTgroup
  • Facebook: @DisabilitiesTrust

If you’d like to donate to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) when sharing your video, please use our campaign text code. Your money will go towards helping those who are in the process of rehabilitation after acquiring a brain injury. See examples of what your money could be spent on.

To donate text SYBL18 £2 or SYBL18 £5 to 70070 .

Or donate online or by post.

For any questions please email info@thedtgroup.org and subject your email Show Your Brain Some Love.

Terms and Conditions

  • By submitting a video on social media and tagging The Disabilities Trust or using the campaign’s hashtag, you are consenting to featuring on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website.
  • Please avoid featuring other people in your video unless they have consented to participate. We will assume all people featured in a video have consented to featuring on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website.

Sources
1) Yu, W. Y., Chen, C. Y., Chiu, W. T., & Lin, M. R. (2011). Effectiveness of different types of motorcycle helmets and effects of their improper use on head injuries. International Journal of Epidemiology,40(3), 794-803.
2) Gómez-Pinilla, F. (2008). Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9(7), 568-578.
3) Bak, T. H., Nissan, J. J., Allerhand, M. M., & Deary, I. J. (2014). Does bilingualism influence cognitive aging? Annals of Neurology,75(6), 959-963. Park, D. C., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A., Bischof, G. N., & Aamodt, W. (2014). The impact of sustained engagement on cognitive function in older adults: The Synapse Project.Psychological Science,25(1), 103-112.
4) Erickson, K.I, Voss, M.W, Prakash R.S., Basak, C., Szabo, A., Chaddock, L., Kim, J.S., Heo, S., Alves, H., White, S.M., Wojcicki, T.R., Mailey, E., Vieira, V.J., Martin, S.A., Pence, B.D., Woods, J.A., McAuley, E., Kramer, A. F. (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,108 (7), 8017-3022. Erickson, Raji, Lopez, Becker, Rosano, Newman, Gach, Thompson & Kuller (2010). Physical activity predicts gray matter volume in late adulthood: The Cardiovascular Health Study. Neurology, 75(16), 1415-1422.
5) Fredrickson, B. L., Cohn, M. A., Coffey, K. A., Pek, J., & Finkel, S. M. (2008). Open hearts build lives: Positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(5), 1045-1062.
6) Bjork, J. M., Grant, S. J., & Hommer, D. W. (2003). Cross-sectional volumetric analysis of brain atrophy in alcohol dependence: effects of drinking history and comorbid substance use disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160(11), 1-8. Yücel, M., Solowij, N., Respondek, C., Whittle, S., Fornito, A., Pantelis, C., & Lubman, D. I. (2008). Regional brain abnormalities associated with long-term heavy cannabis use. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(6), 694-701.