As we grow older, our memory gets dull. Our memory tends to lapse on time. Memory loss has something to do with ageing. However, it is not the sole factor that makes us forget some stuff. Our brain is our control centre, and it makes us do the things that make us human. Cognitive decline is natural when we mature. The good thing is, we can do something to prevent this from occurring naturally. Here are some efficient ways to keep your mind sharp and healthy.
They say we are what we eat, might as well eat healthily. Anything that we consume influences our bodies and our minds. To build new brain cells and to fight off mental decline, we must consume brain foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, fatty fish, eggs, and drink lots of water. Aside from these healthy foods, we must also consider taking supplements rich in magnesium, Vitamin C, or fish oils with Omega 3 fatty acids. As stated by Valentino from Valentino’s Naturals, fish oil supplements may improve the overall brain function and lessen symptoms of common mental conditions like psychotic disorder. Another thing you should do is quit smoking and limit drinking. These nutritional tips will enhance your brain power and reduce the chance of having dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
Exercising is not only good for your body, but it is also good for the brain. Our mind and body are connected, so whatever’s healthy for the body is additionally good for the brain. When you are physically active, your brain will work continuously. Studies show that an exercise for at least 150 minutes in a week will give you an astute mind and will slow down the mental ageing process. Exercising will hoist the blood flow to our brain and will strengthen us. Engage in a daily workout, and don’t stop moving.
Be mentally active and explore many things. Being active mentally will keep your memory sound. When you persist in learning new things, you exercise your brain to keep remembering things that will enhance your capacity to think. You can try learning a new skill that will challenge you mentally. Try a new hobby like sewing, gardening, cooking. Engage in games like chess, sudoku, puzzle, and scrabble. Play instruments because it will also stimulate your mind. Rehearse familiar information. Don’t stop learning regardless of age.
Get enough sleep
Have you ever noticed having difficulty in thinking when you lack sleep? It seems your ability to think slows down. The National Institute on Aging said that sleep problems lead to trouble in concentration, focusing, and cognitive function. Avoid sleep deprivation so that your critical skills, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities won’t get compromised. Since sleep is essential for memory consolidation, it is also the time memory-enhancing happens. To quickly get to sleep, avoid using your phone during bedtime, cut back caffeine intake, and try to have the same bedtime schedule every day.
Our brains need us, do not abuse it to keep it sharp and healthy. Rest and recharge to optimise your optimal brain health. Set boundaries and give your mind space and time to relax. Meditate and throw away stress to seize a healthier brain.
Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.