You may have known some ways to keep your body healthy. Be it doing some regular exercises, eating healthy foods, sleeping better. There’s a chance that you’re currently doing those things. But, what most people don’t realize is that our brain, just like our body, also need to be treated the right way to keep it sharp and healthy otherwise our brain’s ability will keep going down. Now, I’m going to tell you some simple ways to keep your mind sharp.
1. Have A Good Night’s Sleep
Having enough of quality sleep is very important to keeping your mind sharp. According to a study done by Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, sleep “plays an important role in memory, both before and after learning a new task.”
Research suggests that lack of sleep affects the focus attention of our brain, therefore affects our learning efficiency. Sleeping also known to be having an important role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
Though there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the specific role of sleep in forming and storing memories, researchers believe that a good, enough sleep is important to our brain capabilities. So, make sure you have enough high quality sleep every night!
2. Learn New Things
Another thing you can do to improve your brain capability is by constantly learning new things. One of the best thing to learn is language. Being a bilingual is shown to benefit your brain. It enables you to adapt and switch between mental tasks. It also helps you to improve your cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding you against dementia in old age.
Learning music is also proven to be very helpful with your brain. By learning music, you are creating additional neural connections in your brain. It is also shown that learning new instruments have an impact in your brain size.
If you are neither bilingual nor musical. I have a good news for you: it’s never too late to learn things.
3. Read A Lot
This one seems obvious, yet there are very few people doing this. By reading, you can gather new information and learn new things. Research suggested that reading affects not only your crystallized and fluid intelligence, but also your emotional intelligence.
If you don’t read a lot, try to buy some books now. You can just start with easy-to-read fiction books if you find non-fiction books overwhelming. Another easy way to start learning by reading is with Wikipedia Random button. One last thing, don’t forget to write a reflection on your reading since it’s proven that handwriting also helps sharpen your mind.
4. Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly will not only make your body healthy, it will also make your brain healthy. One study discovered that mice that exercised regularly for six weeks double the size of their hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory and learning.
Although the connection of exercising and brain improvement is not fully understood, studies have found that doing exercise will jump-start neurogenesis which is responsible to populate your brain with neurons, therefore making you smarter.
So, if you want to get the mental benefits of exercising, start hitting the gym now!
5. Eat Well
Your brain, like your body, also needs nutrition. To work the way it supposed to be, our brain need energy from foods we eat. A good food also helps to slow down your cognitive declination, as shown by the study published by Archives of Neurology. One study also found that people who consumed more vegetables and fruit actually had a decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Keep Your Brain Active
Technology has made our lives easier. But don’t rely too much on them if you want to keep your brain in a good shape. You should not use calculator just to do some simple math. You also should learn your way around and depend less on the GPS. By doing things the hard way, you are constantly keeping your brain active. It will help you keep your brain sharp.
Now, have you done these things regularly? If you haven’t, try to integrate these habits in your life so that your brain stays in top shape. Do you have your own secret to keep your mind sharp? Share in the comment!
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