Stay Sharp: Tips for Better Brain Health

Stay Sharp: Tips for Better Brain Health

As you age, it is important to keep using your brain to stay sharp. Remember, no matter how old you are, a strong brain is an active brain. When you exercise, socialize, and learn new skills, your brain is stimulated, leading to better brain health.

Sometimes, inspiration is needed to activate your life. If you need help letting go of the past, moving forward, and creating a healthy, active life for yourself, ask for help. Van Blarcom Consulting is available to anyone seeking harmony and a sense of well-being in their life.

Exercise Regularly to Stay Sharp

Having a regular exercise routine can elevate your energy levels, help you sleep, and promote better brain health. There is even evidence to show that physical exercise may reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Exercise can slow the progression of symptoms in Alzheimer patients and may help prevent the disease from developing. According to Harvard Health Publishing, three to four days a week of aerobic exercise is necessary. Plus, each exercise session should be at least 30 minutes.

Be Thankful

It is common for people to pack their lives with worries and obligations, leaving little time to relax, be thankful, and appreciate what they have. If you are experiencing daily stress and anxiety, it can harm your brain health and your overall well-being. Make efforts to reduce your stress and focus on positive thoughts. Many find developing a gratitude practice to be helpful. Other paths to appreciation can be found through counseling, mediation, or a combination of both.

Stay Sharp and Socialize

People benefit from learning new things, sharing experiences, and establishing bonds of trust. For those reasons, friendships can be a great way to stay sharp and boost your brain health. If you are isolated, reach out to family members, church organizations, or other community groups for engagement and involvement.

If you need help making friends or maintaining relationships, consider counseling. By talking through your problems, you can learn how to communicate and interact with other people. Learning how to sustain friendships can help with brain health, stress reduction, and happiness.

Get Enough Sleep

When you are sleeping well, it is easy to take your slumber for granted. While getting enough sleep is essential for cognitive functioning and physical health, many skimp on their shut-eye.

Sleep changes with age. It is common for people to have more sleep problems as they get older. But, it is essential you make sleep a priority to stay sharp and maintain a healthy brain. A consistent amount of sleep at the same time each day can be helpful for better brain health.

Here are a few ways to improve your quality of sleep:

  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day.
  • Keep a consistent bedtime routine and make your bedroom a calm, peaceful place.
  • Get exercise during the day and, if possible, spend some time in the sun.

Looking for more advice on life improvement? Contact Kendall Van Blarcom today to create the life you want.

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