All of us probably want to live a dynamic, energetic life for a long, long time, and this is highly dependent on brain health. There isn’t a full-proof way to avoid dementia, but there is increasing evidence that practicing a healthy lifestyle may tremendously help you achieve that goal. This is backed up by a study done in 2015 on older adults as participants. They were asked to eat healthily, regularly exercise, and socialize periodically. The outcome was positive, with most of these seniors improving their cognitive skills and showing a lowered risk of decline in memory.
Have you experienced losing your keys only to find out that you’re holding them in your hand, or finding your sock in the fridge? Or running to your bedroom but not knowing what to look for when you’re there? Yes, we all have these memory gap moments, no matter how old we are. So whether you’re 20 or 80, it would be wise to find ways to keep your brain from crippling you. Clinical trials have proven that you can help yourself avoid the likelihood of dementia and brain deterioration by practicing a healthy way of life, like getting enough sleep and eating right. Ben Martin, Psy.D suggests “Get a reasonable amount of sleep (around 8 hours) nightly. If you are suffering from insomnia, seek treatment, since chronic insomnia is thought to be a risk factor for depression.”
You can try doing these interesting techniques to help sharpen your brain and keep it as healthy as possible.
Shuffle Your Morning Ritual. A routine can be important, especially if it’s what you’re used to doing before going to work. But just for the fun of it, try rearranging your morning ritual a little bit so you can use your brain when you wake up. If your usual step one is taking a shower before having breakfast, try eating first before that bath. Read your paper in the toilet instead of doing it on the table. Imaging studies revealed that performing new activities or shuffling your usual activities once or twice can stimulate the larger parts of the brain, further increasing brain level activity. “Eating healthfully, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep are all important elements in a mentally and physically healthy life.” That is according to Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT.
Play A Game Of Tactics. Have some friends over for a snack and play Scrabble after. You can also try chess or bridge to challenge your brain.
Learn A Foreign Language. Regardless of your age, you can learn a new language. It is fun to do and very stimulating too. According to research, a delay in Alzheimer’s symptoms was seen in bilingual individuals. Enroll in an actual class or study online. Both of these options can certainly help in sharpening the mind.
Memorize A Favorite Quote Or Verse. Isn’t it encouraging to be learning and memorizing a quote that you like so much? Let it be a motto of some mantra that you can live by. Choose a paragraph from a book that you love or something spiritual, like the Bible. Once you have memorized one quote, you can do another. Recite these quotes out loud while you’re driving or just sitting down.
Solve A Puzzle. Don’t do the simple ones. Rather, try the bigger crossword puzzles or, the more interesting Sudoku. When you’re finding it easier to answer, increase the challenge by trying out the expert level brain teasers online. Jigsaw puzzles improve memory and problem-solving skills, keeping your mind snappy and alive. Answer new puzzles every day.
Go To Class. Educating yourself is one of the best ways to keep your brain sharp and healthy. It also arms you with more knowledge and more confidence. Perhaps you want to discover more about things that you’re not very good at, like science, information technology, or vocational studies. Better yet, take your expertise to the next level and enroll in a master’s degree. Whatever it is you’re trying to achieve in class, you are doing yourself a favor for your future and, of course, for your brain health. Remember “Happy people do things differently. They make their emotional wellbeing a priority and practice daily and weekly habits that help them create joy, happiness and satisfaction in their lives.” Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC said.