Do you want a younger thinking brain?
The gym trains your muscles. You may go for a run or go for hikes to train your endurance. Maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more. Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain. All parts of our body age. And our brain does too. Perhaps you have witnessed the natural deterioration of brain functions in older relatives?
Here are 7 easy ways to a younger thinking brain:
Focus on what is important and de-clutter
Like if you have a computer and have too many programs open at once, it will slow down and work less effectively.
Tip Turn off your mobile, laptop and focus on one task
Manage your stress levels
Some stress is good; some people thrive on it but most of us don’t function well on it
Tip Sit quietly for 10 minutes a day, concentrate on breathing and allowing your thoughts to enter your mind.
A multi-million-pound business, there must be something in it right?
Tip if gaming just isn’t you try more traditional ways to challenge the mind, word searches or Sudoku.
Re- Skill or Re-Train
Doing something new, especially if you enjoy it can change the structure of the brain. Expand that Hippocampus!
Tip Enrol on a college course, online if you haven’t got the time, do something you enjoy in your spare time.
We all know we should but how many of us do?
Tip Write down your current diet each time you eat something, then start making a few swaps. We think you’ll be surprised at what you eat that you think you don’t!
Take an exercise class or go on a walk
What is good for your heart is often good for your brain. Research suggests that those who exercise regularly perform better in cognitive tests than those that don’t.
Tip Even if it means taking a brisk walk around where you live or dusting off the cross trainer in the corner of your room, you know the one that has been holding up all those clothes you have been meaning to hang up!
Get a good Night’s Sleep
Rest and recuperation, sleep deprivation can affect our memory and performance.
Tip if you are getting less than 7 hours’ sleep take some measures to address this, make that bedroom dark and comfortable, develop a relaxing bedtime routine.