Losing your memory can be a very frustrating thing, but it’s more common than you may think. If you’ve found yourself walking into a room, only to forget why you went into the room in the first place, you are not alone. As we age, our bodies go through a variety of different changes and brain function is no exception. We have a few more tips for keeping you on your toes when it comes to maintaining crystal clear thoughts.
6. Exercise your mind. It’s not just your body that benefits from exercise. By keeping your mind active and stimulated, you will keep it in shape and ward off memory loss. The best thing you can do is engage in activities that keep you challenged. Much in the same way that you get used to taking the same route to work every day for thirty years, your mind gets used to doing the same type of things and no longer has to work at learning new activities. The best thing you can do is change things up and always keep your mind questioning your next move. Do a daily crossword puzzle or jigsaw puzzle, learn a musical instrument, read a book, or volunteer at a new organization. By spending your time helping others in a new environment, you are tackling the need to stay social and keep your mind busy, as well as helping others. It’s a win-win for all involved.
7. Get enough Z’s. Much in the same way that your muscles and organs are repaired while you sleep, your mind and memory is restored when you rest. Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind and it’s important that adults get between seven and nine hours every night.
8. Get physical. Exercising is good on so many levels, but we tend to focus on its benefits for the body, forgetting about just how good it is for the mind. When you exercise, you increase blood flow through your entire body, including the brain, which will keep your memory sharp. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity is recommended. If you have trouble getting in a chunk of 30 minutes every day, then you may be better off breaking up your exercise session into two 15-minute increments or three 10-minute increments.
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