Can’t remember what you had for dinner last night? Often find yourself forgetting where you put your car keys? Ever find yourself walking into a room and then completely forgetting what you walked in there for? It’s OK. It happens to all of us at the best of times, but never underestimate the importance of keeping your brain fit and healthy. It’s just as important as being physically fit, if not more. Check our 7 top tips for a sparky mind…
1. Eat Fish At Least Once A Week
According to recent statistics, people who eat fish once a week have a 60% lower risk of developing alzheimer’s. This is due to a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain and in cold water fish, such as salmon, cod and tuna. Incredibly, research has found that a weekly seafood-based meal can slow cognitive decline up to 10% per year. So grab a piece of fish and turn back the clock.
2. Take A Daily Break
Suffer from writer’s block regularly? Go easy! Your brain works non-stop all day, everyday so sometimes it needs a rest-break. We are creatures of habit so everyday activities can leave the brain feeling…bored. Try to challenge yourself in different ways, crosswords or sudoku can be good places to start.
3. Keep Your Connections
What does this mean? Stay connected with your family and friends. Research says that regular social activity can keep destructive stress hormones at bay. And no one likes feeling stressed, so start socialising more often. There’s the excuse you needed to go out this weekend – you’re welcome.
4. Work Out At Every Opportunity
That’s right, physical exercise keeps the brain sharp too! Cardiovascular exercise pumps oxygen-rich blood into the brain, strengthens blood vessels and helps prevent illnesses that impair cognitive functions. This means it reduces your risk of stroke. So, the moral of the story? Regular visits to the gym could very well be increasing your lifespan.
5.Think Happy Thoughts
Experts have always known that positive thinking means the brain functions more easily and thoroughly. This means that in the long run positive thinking improves the overall health of your brain. Research over the last couple of years has found that people who regularly experience positive thoughts are 60% less likely to develop any cognitive impairment in the short-term and long-term. If you’re struggling with decision-making, response control and/or planning then try thinking more positively.
6. Don’t Stress About What You Forget
Often forgetting what you had for dinner last night isn’t actually a big deal. Our brains process so much information in one day that it’s always fighting off information overload; in order for it to cope, a healthy brain will filter out the unimportant information from that day. This means that unless you went out to a romantic dinner last night and your soulmate flew you to the top of the Eiffel Tower, then forgetting what you had for dinner is no biggie!
7. Nap Time
Love taking a nap? Now you don’t have to be ashamed to do so. Even a 6-minute power nap on your lunch break is enough to improve your memory in the short-term and long-term. So don’t feel guilty, sometimes sleep is what our brains crave.