Our brain, such a major and significant organ, plays an important role in our well being yet is often ignored and neglected. By investing in some simple strategies, we can immediately and positively impact on our brain health. Let’s act now!
Cherish your sleep! Sleep enables us to integrate our thoughts, memories and optimises our learning. Disrupted sleep interferes with healthy development, can weaken our immune systems and lead to illness.
Engaging socially leads to slower cognitive decline and reduces the possibility of Alzheimer’s. Therefore it’s important to stay connected with family and friends, rather than limiting yourself to social media.
Challenging your brain means pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. Education or activities which involve challenge, novelty and learning, changes brain chemistry. Taking up a new hobby, learning a musical instrument, socialising with new people, discovering new places. Any endeavour which moves you into a new field will flex your brain muscle and assist you to live to your ultimate potential.
Although stress can enhance memory, too much stress will impair your memory and too little stress can lead to depression and boredom. Find your personal stress level where you are stimulated, challenged but not overwhelmed.
Our hearts and brains are closely linked. Our brains need a reliable supply of oxygen and nutrients which are directly supplied by the heart. Maintain a healthy weight, get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked regularly, and eat a diet rich in colourful vegetables and omega-3.
Perceiving life in a positive or negative way matters. Those with a positive outlook live happier, longer and more content lives. Keep a check on your perceptions and prejudices and adjust accordingly.
Physical exercise directly benefits the structure and functioning of your brain and reduces your risk of heart disease. By simply reducing the amount of time you sit and increasing the amount of time you move, you will increase your life span and quality of life.
Protect your brain. Remove or reduce alcohol and drugs while wearing your seat belt and protective head gear when needed.
Everyone with a brain needs to consider brain health. NOW IS the time to invest.
Big love to you and your brain.
Till next time
Patricia Lucy ❤️❤️
Green Leaves Retreat 🌿 🌿
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