5 Brain Health TipsJuly 07, 2020
Let’s keep our brains in tip-top shape! We celebrated Alzheimer’s Awareness Month with lots of tips about how to raise awareness about memory loss, and it’s got our minds on ways to boost brain health.
In this edition of the True Blue blog, let’s take a look at five ways to boost your brain health!
#1 Learn Something New!
Truly, we are never too old to learn something new. The benefits of lifelong learning are endless. In fact, engaging in intellectually stimulating activities help protect the brain, and may even delay or prevent progressive memory loss. Learn more about the benefits of lifelong learning on our blog.
Plus, learning a new hobby helps keep us young at heart! Some ideas on what to learn:
- A new language! (learn all about learning a new language at any age on our blog!)
- Try out a new recipe!
- Find a new hobby, such as crafting or dancing
- Pick up a new book or join a book club!
#2 Try Crocheting or Knitting!
Did you know that crocheting is actually good for your health? It can improve memory and concentration, in addition to helping reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to express your inner creativity.
On our blog, get tips for how to get started with crocheting!
#3 Load Up on Superfoods!
Did you know that some foods can actually boost our brain health? A few superfoods to incorporate into your diet include:
- Omega-3 rich fish
- & much more! Review these other 10 superfoods that boost a healthy diet.
#4 Practice Mindfulness
Prolonged stress can wreak havoc on our brains and bodies. We can promote brain health by better managing our stress. One great stress-busting technique? Practicing mindfulness. In addition to improved brain health, the benefits of practicing mindfulness include:
- Improved immunity
- Better focus and cognition
- Mood boost!
One great way to practice mindfulness is to start with just 5 minutes a day, preferably in the morning. You can use apps like Insight Timer or Headspace, or can check out YouTube for lots of tutorials. Start small and see great results!
#5 Regular Sleep & Exercise
Regular sleep and exercise help tremendously with keeping your brain in tip-top shape.
Even a daily walk can be helpful for getting our blood moving and keeping our hearts healthy. During quarantine, you can find lots of ways to stay active even if you’re staying indoors (check out tips on our blog!).
Exercise improves your sleep, too (and fun fact: apparently, so does knitting!). One of the other recommendations for improving sleep is to limit or cut out screen time in the hours before bedtime. Review other sleep tips from HelpGuide.
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