4 Exercises to Maintain Mental Clarity in Old Age
Maintaining a good state of mental health and clarity of mind when we form our thoughts is essential for feeling well and maintaining autonomy as we grow older.
These four exercises will help you to avoid losing your mental clarity with age.
1. Challenge the Stroop effect
You may have probably seen an image with a series of words written in different colors. For example, the word “blue” may really be written in green, the word “black” in yellow, etc. This image is based on a psychological principle called the Stroop Effect.
The first activity involves finding one of these charts (searching for “the Stroop effect” will help). Then, start reading the color each word is written in out loud. Do this until you reach the end of the image and then do the same exercise backwards.
This will exercise both hemispheres of the brain that respond to the perception of text and color.
You might find it difficult at first, but it will be very helpful to prevent illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.
Doing this simple exercise will help you to:
- Create new connections between the two hemispheres of your brain.
- Train yourself in a new set of abilities like concentration and attention switching.
2. Schulte table
To do this exercise, known as the Schulte table, you have to start by concentrating on the number in the center.
As well as focusing on the number 19 (in this table), you have another goal: find the number 1 and continue with all the other numbers in ascending order. Meanwhile, you should still focus on the number in the center.
The benefits of this exercise include increasing your information processing speed as well as developing peripheral vision.
3. Finger signs
In addition, you can also do a simple exercise with your fingers. Make a peace sign with your right hand.
At the same time, make an OK sign with the fingers of your left hand. Then do it the other way round and repeat several times.
When you’ve done this with both hands, you’ll need to practice both exercises simultaneously.
This way you will:
- Increase and train your capacity for concentration.
- Improve both your attention and your ability to switch quickly between one task and another.
Both objectives are not always simple, precisely because of a lack of synchronization.
4. Practice synchronized writing
Practicing synchronized writing can help a lot if what you want is to exercise your memory.
To do this, you need 2 pieces of paper and a pen in each hand.
- First, you need to start drawing geometric figures with both hands at once.
- You can also write letters or words of the same length at the same time.
- The key is to do it simultaneously. Otherwise, the exercise won’t work.
The benefits of this exercise include teaching the brain to do several tasks at the same time to activate both hemispheres at once.
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It’s a good idea to train your non-dominant hand.
That is to say, if you always brush your teeth with your right hand, try doing so with your left hand and vice versa. This way, your brain learns to give orders and do different actions from what it’s used to.
You can also shower and do other daily activities with your eyes closed.
Change your routine when you’re going to work, to the shore or other places where you often go to activate your memory.
Always remember to eat well
Eating well is also essential. After all, diet plays an important role in reinforcing your memory.
There are certain nutrients that help the brain to work well.
Include foods rich in phosphorus in your diet. These include:
- Cacao powder
- Egg yolks
- Oily fish
- Dairy products
You should also eat foods rich in potassium, like:
- Wheat germ
Last, don’t forget to include ingredients rich in magnesium in your diet:
- Sunflower seeds
- Wholegrain cereals
It’s also important to give your brain sufficient glucose. After all, glucose is the motor of our brain. Try to choose sources that are absorbed slowly.
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