Do you forget what you are talking about mid sentence?
Can’t remember names?
Most of us experience this and usually it is just because we are stressed or over worked. Our minds get tired and why wouldn’t they when they have so much information – most of it trivia – tucked away making our brain cells work overtime.
We have all heard the saying ‘Use It or Lose It’ and this is not only true for the body but also the mind.
As we age it is not unusual to have a lapse of memory and this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are suffering from something more sinister such as Alzheimers Disease. Some medications can also affect our mental abilities.
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Like your body, your mind needs to be kept fit and healthy as well.
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Did you know that an older brain can create new connections between neurons if given the opportunity? (Source: Better Health Channel, Vic Gov.)
Here are 7 easy ways to keep your mind fit and healthy
Whether it is crosswords, suduko, cards or cards, these pastimes not only help with relaxation but they make our minds work, so set aside some time each day to do an activity like this. There are even Web-based Apps, such as Luminosity which provide ‘Brain Games’. Why not try to conquer the Rubik’s cube!
As I said, you exercise your body but when we exercise our minds also benefits. The ‘happy’ hormones as I like to call endorphins get to work and this is the ‘natural high’ you feel after exercising. Well, perhaps for some after they have recovered. 30 minutes of daily exercise will also keep your mind in tip top condition.
Ensure you have a balanced diet full of healthy food options and includes sufficient B group Vitamins. Glucose provides the brain’s energy so make sure to include some carbohydrates in your diet. 10 Top Foods Highest In Vitamin B12
4. Learn something new every day
Make a point of learning something new each day. It might just be something trivial or you might learn a language or enroll in a short adult learning course. Maybe even dust of that musical instrument you used to play.
Catch up with family and friends for a coffee and a chat. Conversation stimulates the mind – why not discuss what is happening in politics? Perhaps, politics is not a good choice, however you get my drift. Introduce some ‘stimulating conversation’ that makes you think about your point of view.
6. Sleep & Meditation
Again like the body needs rest, the mind needs rest. Sleep is the ‘downtime’ for your body and mind. Taking time out to meditate or spending time alone just with your own thoughts will rest your mind.
7. Record your Memories
I thought of this at the end of writing this post. Writing your memories or events in your life will make you think, especially if it is a long time ago. It will not only exercise your mind, but leave a lasting legacy for your family to remember you.