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Sumit Roy
by Published on June 17, 2021

Are you having trouble lately of remembering things?

No matter if you are young or old, your brain activity can sometimes go on a lower drive. We see young students having problems concentrating on studies; older people failing to remember names or events as they could even a few years ago; and we often forget our own wedding anniversary dates!

 

Most of the time people don’t realize that the issues are related to slowing down of their brain activity which is often more of a mental health issue than a physical one. Of course, we can buy medicines and supplements that can have some brain health benefits. But their efficacies are limited and, in most cases, not scientifically proven.

We must remember that among all human organs, the brain needs the most of the nutrients and oxygen all the time. Any deficiency in those supplies can lead to significant damage to physical and mental activities, sickness, depression, and in acute cases, even death.

The bottom line is – if you wish to have a sharp mind, strong memory and a life full of vitality and positivity, stop loading your brain with mood booster drugs and start making your body better nourished and better exercised and less stressed.

A healthy brain not only helps improve memory, mental clarity and countless other cognitive tasks essential for better health and well-being, it may also reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Since the nerve cells in our brains degrade as we age, there’s no better time than now to keep your brain active, so that it functions well for years to come.

1. Learn something new that you’re not familiar with.

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 Brain games, such as solving crossword puzzles or sudoku stimulates your cognitive abilities. Also, there are many other things that can increase brain activity and improve cognitive function such as learning how to play a new instrument or sport, picking up a new hobby, or learning a new language. The important thing is that it needs to be something unfamiliar. By performing diverse tasks, you’re working out different parts of your brain.

2. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise three times per week. 

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Physical exercise supports brain health in several ways. First, it increases the density and size of brain capillaries, which boosts the levels of blood and oxygen to the brain. Second, exercise has been shown to help produce new brain cells by elevating the chemicals that stimulate nerve cell growth. Additionally, it increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals that produce feelings of positive well-being, which is also great for stress relief. At minimum, try to get in 30 minutes of moderate exercise three times a week, such as a brisk walk, slow jog or swim.

3. Take control of your stress level. 

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We all know that stress, especially chronic stress, can wreak havoc on the body in multiple ways, from raising blood pressure to weakening the immune system. Many studies suggest that the hormonal spikes caused by stress can negatively affect the hippocampus region of the brain over time and increase the acceleration of cognitive decline. For all these reasons, managing stress is extremely important for health, including your brain. Many have found that meditating helps keep their stress levels in check.

4. MEDITATE.

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Research shows:
– Meditation improves concentration and memory.
– Meditation allows the brain to process information quicker.
– Meditation strengthens executive functions of the brain (planning, behaviour control, etc.)
– Meditation reduces stress and improves the ability to learn new information.

Some types of meditations are mindfulness meditation, breath awareness meditation, transcendental meditation, zen meditation etc.

5. HAVE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

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The positive, diverse relationships that you have in life often help strengthen certain cognitive areas.

Try to spend as much time as you can with friends and family. When you're connecting with friends and family members, the blood circulates to several different parts of your brain as you're listening and formulating responses.

 You are then less likely to get depressed. Depression can hamper how well your brain works. If you're depressed or anxious, the brain becomes so occupied with what-ifs and worries that it's not able to give 100% to learning new things.

The more diverse that your friends and family members are in kind, the more they will expand your creative thinking. In other words, our friends and family members can make us more well-rounded people and keep our minds open.

6. EAT HEALTHY.