There seems to be a lot of information today on the subject of brain power. A quick search on google brings up 1,670,000,000 results. Whoa, that is a lot of information, yet memory issues and Alzheimer/Dementia continue to increase worldwide. Have you ever considered exercising your brain? Now might be the perfect time to think about this idea and more importantly take action so you don’t become another statistic.
Giving your brain a good workout isn’t quite as simple as getting up and taking a walk, yet it can be a good place to begin. There are, however, many activities that will help your cognitive skills and keep you from having age-related memory decline. Start with giving your brain something new and exciting to do, the more complex, the better. The magic happens from there.
Why bother? People who take part in an activity designed to boost brain power experience these long-term benefits:
You Enjoy a Life with Less Stress
Stress is the #1 reason for poor health and productivity. By reducing stress now, you will feel better in your day-to-day life, you’ll live longer, and you’ll have fewer health challenges.
We’ve heard it said that 8 out of 10 people go to their primary health provider for stress-related issues. This is why learning how to reduce stress is so important to overall health and wellbeing. We wrote about How to Relieve Stress with Walking here that you might find helpful
You Find You Experience Fewer Memory Lapses
Having a memory which can stand up to the rigours of aging is one of the most important reasons to stimulate your mind now. If you don’t begin now, by the time you reach the age of 85, you stand a good chance of experiencing memory loss – 35% of people do.
Putting the work in now builds for better brainpower later. This is not a health issue that has to be and it certainly is something to begin thinking about right now.
Some ideas to help with brain power are learning a new language and exercises that you enjoy like, walking, dancing, or yoga for example. Practice good sleep by getting to bed before 10:30 pm each night, eat well, avoid sugar and highly processed junk food and choose life-affirming real organic foods cooked in your own kitchen and enjoy eating around your dining room table. We wrote about sleep here to help you improve this area of your health and wellbeing.
Your Mood Stays Positive Longer
A brain well-fed with interesting stimuli is engaged continuously, meaning there’s a pleasant influx of positive brain chemicals such as dopamine and other endorphins enhancing your mood constantly.
You Can Concentrate Better
Being able to maintain focus for more extended periods is incredibly essential, especially when you’re planning on staying actively employed past age 65. Making your focus sharper then becomes crucial toward doing so. Begin a practice of meditation to help you here.
You Feel More Inspired and Motivated
Inspiration and motivation lead to productivity. If you want to get things done, you need your brain chugging along to keep your discipline strong. Without inspiration and motivation, it’s challenging to force yourself to consistently complete tasks. And why on earth would anyone want to force themselves to consistently complete tasks. Finding the inspiration for life leads to taking action with those activities that make your heart sing. We wrote about
Powerful Ways To Inspire Yourself To Move More here - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/powerful-ways-to-inspire-yourself-to-move-more
You’re More Creative
Raising brain power means raising intelligence levels. With this comes more flexibility when it comes to mental challenges and finding those outside-the-box solutions to problems.
You Have Better Reaction Times
Many people believe that as we age, we slow down, and it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s for this reason that older drivers are forced to give up their driver’s licenses. If you want to pass those driver’s tests and keep your independence, having a quick reaction time is crucial. Practice now to keep your brain sharp. We found this article for more information to practiceSeven ways to improve your reflexes here
You’ll Have Less Vision and Auditory Problems
Believe it or not, even these areas benefit from challenging your mind regularly.
Remember, the crucial thing you need to know in how to challenge the brain is to give it a novel experience, and to ask it to perform complicated tasks requiring deep reasoning skills. Whether you play games, learn a language, or take up a new hobby, there are numerous ways to keep your mind agile. Engage your brain regularly, and you will be experiencing the benefits for years to come.
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