Memory is on everyone’s mind, especially as we age. The crisp, immediate retention that one has in college seems to diminish over time. But what can be done to keep the mind sharp and free from memory loss worries? There are a few very easy ways to help to keep the mind intact and they will all add to overall health as well.
Get Your Zs and Your Sweat on
Even if there is already some memory loss, thankfully it can be improve upon with some lifestyle adjustments. The same kinds of things that improve health overall will help to recapture some memory capacity as well.
● The simple act of getting some cardio for 20 minutes just 3 to 4 times a week increases oxygen to the brain. With increased oxygen comes more clarity.
● Not getting the proper amount of sleep affects brain health and activity. A brain that is not properly rested does not function well. Get your rest and feel more on our game. Strive to get your 8 hours every night.
Keeping Stress At Bay
The brain never does well when it is subjected to stress for long periods of time, even if it is at a low level. It is important to recognize when you need to unplug from life, work and technology and put your thinker in time out. You would be amazed how much your productivity will actually pick up if you stop overdoing it and start taking some time to relax. Those who chronically skip lunch breaks in order to keep working have been proven to actually be less productive than their time off taking coworkers.
● Find what works for you – many find it beneficial to discover what it is that makes them relax. For some, it is learning how to meditate, for others it is practicing their religion. No matter what you do to get your mind, body and spirit in a state of calm, take some time to find what speaks to you, or rather makes your mind stop talking.
● Enjoy time with loved ones – Those with demanding work schedules or family obligations are usually the first ones to ditch a social life. That is actually the worst thing that you can do for your stress level. Get together with friends or family, have a laugh and take some time off for heaven’s sake. You’ll smile more and fret less.