How to Keep Your Mind Fit and Sharp
As time passes, your brain goes through changes. You should take steps to keep your mind in shape just like you do with your body. We'll give you a few tips on how you can keep your mind fit and sharp.
The brain is a very delicate organ, and it is much more sensitive than you might realize. Not only does time affect your brain, but anxiety and negative emotions can also harm it enormously. That’s why sometimes you’re more prone to get distracted, forget words or dates, and have trouble concentrating.
To prevent this from happening and to keep your mind fit, the best thing to do is set aside some time to take care of your brain. Take care of your mind just like you take care of your body.
If you don’t know how, don’t worry. We’ll give you a few tips to keep your mind fit and in the best shape possible for your busy life.
No matter how challenging your life is right now, with these tips you’ll find it a little easier to get through.
Simple advice to keep your mind fit
1. Oily fish, fruit, and vegetables—the perfect combination
Salmon, sardines, and tuna are rich in fatty acids, more specifically omega 3.
As you may know, it’s very important to eat foods that have omega 3 since your body doesn’t make it by itself. Omega 3 enhances the effect of antioxidants, which are essential for preventing cell deterioration and therefore, for keeping neurons as lively as possible.
That’s why we recommend increasing your consumption of fruit and vegetables, almost all of which are chock-full of antioxidants. The combination of these two elements will help keep your mind in good shape.
Check this out too:Omega 3: More Foods Than Just Oily Fish
2. Take a different route to keep your mind fit
Living life on autopilot is the worst thing you could do for your brain.
When you do things without thinking, your brain pays less attention, which leads it to perform actions using the least amount of effort possible.
What ends up happening is the just what happens when we don’t move our bodies. So, it comes as no surprise that we end up with trouble concentrating or remembering things.
That’s why we recommend switching up your route to school or work or anywhere. When you walk or drive in a more “uncontrolled” place, your brain wakes up.
3. Read more than one book at a time
It’s true that reading in itself is great exercise for your mind. Any genre takes memory and concentration. Otherwise, it would be impossible to follow the story or understand an argument.
But if you read more than one book at a time, you’ll be really honing these skills. Your brain won’t just be working to enable you to enjoy reading, but also to differentiate one book from the other.
All of this is going on in your brain when you’re reading a good book. Also, keep in mind that everything that gives you pleasure also helps your brain work better.
Does meditation seem contradictory to the previous suggestions?
Well, think about any other exercise. After periods of intense effort, it’s crucial to let your muscles relax.
Meditation plays the same role with one slight difference: it gives you the gift of a moment of complete self-awareness. It’s about exploring within yourself to let go of everything that’s stressful while at the same time embracing what brings you inner peace.
When your brain is full of cortisol after doing everything you need to do, it’s practically impossible to perform well. That’s why it’s important to make time every day to get rid of it.
Recommended reading: 7 Kinds of Meditation and Their Benefits
Going to dance class is a great way of releasing energy. Plus, it helps improve your coordination. In fact, if you switch out spontaneous dance for choreographed dance, you’ll also improve your memory and concentration.
People who dance usually do so because they love it. In other words, you do it feeling happy, which keeps your mind focused and efficient.
By following these five tips, you’ll be keeping your mind fit and sharp, ready to take on whatever challenges may come along. If do you give one of these a try, let us know how it goes!