The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change—even into old age. Neuroplasticity allows the brain to form new neural pathways, adapt and respond. It can reshape itself. We can harness the natural power of neuroplasticity to increase our cognitive abilities and improve our memory at any age.
Here are Some Tips for a Better Brain:
Tip 1: Exercise Your Brain
“Use it or lose it”. Our brains need stimulation to continue growing so by learning new things and breaking out of our same old routine, we will develop new brain pathways.
Tip 2: Keep Physically Fit
A physical work-out increases oxygen to the brain, lowers the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, enhances the effects of brain chemicals and reduces stress hormones. It even stimulates new neuronal connections.
Tip 3: Get Regular Sleep
Adults regularly need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Even a few hours of sleep loss can make a big difference. It can compromise memory, creativity, problem- solving abilities, and critical thinking skills. Sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, with the key memory enhancing activity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.
Tip 4: Interact with Good Friends
Humans are highly social animals. We were not created to live in isolation. Healthy relationships stimulate our brains and interacting with others is the best kind of exercise for the brain. Meaningful relationships are not only good for emotional health but also for the brain.
Tip 5: Avoid Stress
Stress is so detrimental that it destroys brain cells, damaging the hippocampus. Therefore, it behooves us to avoid it wherever possible. Studies also link stress to memory loss. Meditation can help.
Tip 6: Laugh Lots
Laughter engages multiple regions across the entire brain. Areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity are activated by listening to jokes. Laugh at yourself. Spend time with playful people. Watch comedies.
Tip 7: Eat Brain Food
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Tip 8: Recognize and Confront Health Problems
If you notice unexplainable memory lapses, it could mean a health problem is at the root. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes have been linked to cognitive impairment. Hormonal imbalance can also cause forgetfulness or confusion.
Tip 9: Take Action to Learn and Memorize
It takes 8 seconds of intense focus to encode new information into your memory. Connect new data to information you already have.