Everything you say, think, and do first starts as activity in your brain. Many studies have shown that keeping your brain healthy and sharp can result in improved sleep quality, memory, energy, mood, and even activity level. Furthermore, keeping your brain sharp can decrease depression, anxiety and stress, along with lowering your risk of developing dementia and memory loss.
Here are five fun and easy things you can do to sharpen your cognitive abilities:
1. Play Brain Games
Everybody knows that exercise is important to keep your body healthy, but there are plenty of ways you can give your brain a workout too. For example, playing problem-solving games is an excellent way to strengthen higher cognitive function in the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning and thinking skills. Classic games like chess, puzzles and crosswords are great ways to give your brain a good workout.
2. Get Some R&R
Stress and anxiety are the brain’s worst enemy. When stressed, your brain is bombarded with harmful chemicals and hormones that affect nearly every system in your body and also prevent the brain from functioning as it should. Getting regular and well-deserved rest and relaxation will keep your stress levels down and your hormones in check. Whether that means going for a drive, renting a mountain retreat, or visiting a spa, find things that help you unwind.
3. Eat Brain-Friendly Foods
A healthy brain starts in the kitchen. But, eating brain-healthy foods doesn’t have to be boring. Take this opportunity to learn some new recipes that will benefit both your brain and your body. Try incorporating foods like beets, fish, fresh berries, lean protein, and walnuts into your daily meals. Research has shown the foods listed above can improve memory and strengthen brain cells. You can also quit feeling guilty about that cup of coffee you enjoyed this morning. According to several recent studies, caffeine can boost both memory and thinking skills.
4. Listen to Some Tunes
We’ve all heard that music is good for the soul. But did you know it’s also good for your brain? Listening to music activates vital parts of the brain that are responsible for thinking, language, and memory. The rhythms and sounds also cause the release of dopamine, a brain chemical that creates feelings of happiness, excitement, and joy. So, make sure to put on some of your favorite tunes throughout the day, or mix it up by finding new and different music to listen to. Either way, your brain will thank you.
5. Stay Active
Staying active is by far one of the most important aspects of brain health. But physical activity can be difficult if you have limited mobility. However, there are still plenty of exercises you can enjoy doing that will improve your cognitive functioning as well. The key to any exercise routine is finding activities that you don’t dread doing. Test the waters and find something that works for you. Try gentle yoga techniques, core strengthening activities, light walking (with a HurryCane® if needed), or stepping activities that help to improve balance.
Don’t let limited mobility stand in your way of living an active life - find a HurryCane® that will give you the support you need along the way.
You should always consult your physician before starting any exercise routine or dietary changes.
How HurryCane® Can Help
We understand that keeping both your brain and body healthy go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. The brain sharpening tools listed above not only help to improve cognitive function but also have dramatic effects on your physical health as well.
If you are experiencing limited mobility, a HurryCane® can help you get back to doing the things you love that will keep your brain active and focused for many years to come.
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