While some of our brain health is predetermined by genetics, research increasingly suggests that there are practical things we can do on a daily basis to help maintain a healthy brain. We're sharing our favorite tips to maintain a healthy brain on this week's Brain Waves.
Eat Your Vitamins
Because our bodies can’t produce every vitamin we need to live and operate at our best, we turn to a healthy diet first. We do this by eating a balance of fruits and veggies, healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins. However, it can be very difficult to rely on diet alone for our recommended daily intake of nutrients, especially for those who have restricted diets or are vegan or vegetarian. That's why we suggest taking your vitamins, too!
It’s true, exercising regularly is the single most important thing we can do to improve our overall health and wellbeing. Even just 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day may increase levels of brain chemicals that encourage the growth of neurons, which can sharpen memory and enhance learning. Whether it's going for a walk on your lunch break, a bicycle ride after work, or spending some time in the gym – make getting active a priority.
Research suggests that self-efficacy—feeling that what you do makes a difference—maintains cognitive capacities. People who believe their lives have purpose stay sharp and live longer. One way to find some purpose? Give back to the community by volunteering.
Researchers have linked stress to a variety of health issues, and suggest it can have impacts on memory. How do we suggest reducing every day stress? Find strength in stillness – just 5-10 minutes of meditation can do wonders for your cognitive health and daily wellness. We've got some tips for meditation here.
Make Sleep a Priority
Getting restorative sleep is critical to the health and well-being of our brains and bodies. Need some resources on how to make the most out of your sleep? We've got our favorite bedtime routine practices here, everything you need to know about your sleep cycle here, and why you should be prioritizing your sleep here.
Connect with Others
A strong social network that includes close relationships is linked with better overall health and longevity. Just interacting with a variety of people and their unpredictable nature is great mental exercise. Stay social by getting involved in your community, catching up with friends and family members, or joining a group or club that fits your interests.
How do you prioritize your brain health? Share your favorite tips with us by tagging @TakeYourLiveli or leaving us a comment!