We work hard to build our physical strength, but how often do we take time to work to improve brain health? When we stop exercising our cerebral matter, our entire being is negatively affected. Brain health and strength is not only important, it’s necessary if we want to live a productive, healthy, satisfying life.
Top 4 daily activities shown to improve brain health
- Meditate. The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts but to not let your thoughts control you. It’s okay to stop doing and just be. One of the most vital ways to improve mental strength is to take time to care for yourself mentally. Meditation can be tricky at first to really experience all of it’s amazing qualities. In a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers concluded that meditation could alleviate pain intensity by 27% and emotional pain by 44%. Shockingly, that’s more than the opioid morphine, which reduces physical pain by 22%. If you have never mediated before consider getting an instructor or going to a class where you can try it out. Your brain will forever be grateful.
- Exercise. Not only does exercising support our skeletal and musculoskeletal systems, it also supports our nervous system and minds. Exercising is commonly recommended by doctors to mentally ill patients and patients suffering insomnia because it goes such a long way. In recent studies, performed by the Mayo Clinic, routine physical activity has been shown to release cannabis like endorphins that naturally make us feel good. Have you ever gone for a run on the treadmill and felt a sense of euphoria afterwards? Well, that runners’ high would be all those endogenous cannabinoids being released in that happy, happy brain of yours. Exercise can put us on cloud nine. So, instead of starting a prescription for anxiety or brain fog, some doctors may recommend that you start a physical training routine instead.
- Write on. Do you currently keep a journal and/or write with pen and paper daily? If not, you should. According to Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert, writing helps save our brains in the following ways: it has a calming effect, it coordinates the left and right brain, it boosts cognitive function, it inspires creativity, it sharpens aging minds, it improves memory and it uses more of your brain. Consider journaling each morning, writing down your thoughts, dreams or goals or down any creative ideas before bed in the evenings. Not only could it be therapeutic, it could truly enhance your brain in tons of ways.
- Stimulate your senses. Do you remember your first date or your first time driving a car? Perhaps you remember them, but maybe now the memories seem foggy and little details aren’t as sharp. Recent scientific research has shown stimulating the brain through puzzles, brain games or reading has shown to increase our memory. Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona says improving your memory is all about stimulating your senses. You can even stimulate your brain in many ways throughout the day. Brewer recommends daily brain stimulations such as trying to use your less dominant hand to brush your teeth, picking out your outfit based on textures instead of how they look and even talking to yourself throughout the day. It sounds funny, but these activities will help stimulate and train your brain, keeping it strong in the long run.
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