For many people, summer means beach trips, vacations, camping and warm weather. For children, teens and college students, summertime is associated with freedom from school, as well as positive vibes and emotions. The last day of school is a day of celebration for most. The famous song, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper illustrates this excitement: “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks; out for summer, out ’til fall, we might not come back at all.”
Summer can also be a time when certain mental health issues need to be tended to even more than usual. During the summer, kids no longer have a structured daily regimen, which can cause even more anxiety and depression, not to mention the intense burden this can bring to the parents.
With summer shining brightly and longer daylight hours, reading can be even more educational and fun. It can also help prevent the summer “brain drain.” Cognition and mental wellness are popular topics among mental health professionals as well as the general public, making them great subjects for summer reading. Instead of getting into the summer “brain drain,” focusing on cognition can actually help memory and prevent mental disorders.
As people seek to become smarter and expand their brain power, more research and books are becoming available on this current topic. “The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life” is a great summer read that focuses on brain power and brain wellness. Exploring the latest neuroscience discoveries, this best-selling book reveals how to increase brain power, enhance memory and increase brain fitness through tested brain exercises. The book also recommends brain food, brain vitamins, brain supplements, memory vitamins and memory supplements, which gives new meaning to the phrase, “food for thought.”
This self-help book focuses on diet, nutrition, delaying cognitive decline, spirituality and preventing depression. It encompasses a holistic approach and provides evidence-based data that focuses on mindfulness. Readers have rated this book with 4.5 stars.
According to one reader review: “I believed that this is the most important book I have read so far. So profound, so helpful, so full of facts, and so useful. I have [never] read a book yet that told me so much about health, the brain, the heart, the mind, the spirit–everything! What is so amazing is that it has introduced a new lifestyle that each of us can have, the Neurogenic Lifestyle. It has also given me the idea of a four-point program of diet and lifestyle that will:
– Improve my memory and brain power
– Inoculate me against stress and depression
– Prevent or delay cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s
– Enrich my relationships and sex life
– Help me connect with your loving center of peace”
Take advantage of reading in the sun this summer and learn how cognition can impact mental health throughout all four seasons.
Brant Cortright, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, owns a consulting practice that specializes in neuroscience-informed brain health and depth psychotherapy. The author of two previous books, Cortright lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Written by Kristen Fuller, M.D., Sovereign Health Group writer