Losing cognition skills does not have to be inevitable. In fact, by making some simple life changes now you can help your brain stay healthy and focused, regardless of your age!
Chronic stress can damage your brain. Start with a honest evaluation of what stress you can get rid of. For the rest, just remember that you can always learn the skills to manage it better. Try daily meditation and exercise. Time for yourself is one of the most important things you can have for yourself.
Speaking of moving, did you know that regular physical activity is not just good for your body! It is also good for keeping your mind in peak condition! Try exercise that requires you to concentrate for added benefit!
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are good for you. Eat any type of fatty fish 1-2 times a week if you can! Salmon, tuna, or any other fatty fish will do.
It is a known fact that sugar is not good for you. But did you know that eating a lot of it will lead to brain inflammation, reducing brain function? Now is the time to find other healthier snacks, like fruits and veggies.
Getting out of the house with people you enjoy will keep your brain engaged and challenged in positive ways. During the pandemic we are currently in, I know it can be very hard to spend time with your friends. Facetime and regular phone calls will help during these stay at home orders!
Want to stay sharp as a tack in your old age? Audit classes online, try your hand at gardening, learn a new language. Learning something new will keep your brain focused!
Things like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and constant exposure to toxins in the environment will impair your brain function. Clean up your personal environment. Stop smoking, limit the amount you drink. Doing these things will help you to stay sharper longer.
Making sure that your nutritional needs are in balance will keep your brain functioning at its best. The important ones for brain health are B-12, B-6, magnesium, and folate. In a healthy diet you would normally get most of what you need. Although you could add a Vitamin D supplement if your levels are low.
In the end, making sure you get enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your brain, and general health. Make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of restful sleep a night, and an environment optimal for sleep.
Some attention on your brain now, will serve you well later in your life. Do not delay in making these changes. The sooner you begin, the better. Your brain will thank you for it!
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