Keeping Your Brain In Shape
We all want to everything we can to keep our brains sharp into old age.
To reduce the risk of dementia it is important to stay physically active and that you take care of your body by eating in a healthy manner, by not abusing drugs and alcohol and by resting your brain and body with a good sleeping pattern. You need to take extra good care of yourself if you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and (bad) cholesterol.
In addition, it is important to be in the habit of using your brain. Mental exercise like forcing yourself to remember dates, pursing new skills, hobbies that keep you motivated to think, and volunteer work that encourages you to think in a different way than usual is very important if you want to keep your brain in top shape.
Stay positive about your brain power. People who believe that they will have a sharp brain into old age, generally will have a sharp, strong and healthy brain. Always work at improving your thinking skills, even when you already think that you know everything. When I meet new friends, I make a habit of writing their name down and then repeating the name until I remember it. I am getting better at it.
Use tools such as calendars and planners, to help you remember and be in control of your thinking. Have a routine for your activities and a routine location for all of your daily needs such as your vitamins and glasses.
Most of all, enjoy life and learning at every age and stage in life!
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Wellness for Mind, Body & Soul Magazine.