Six Mind-Sharpening Tips
Forgot a name? Don’t remember where you put the keys? Lost a word on the tip of your tongue? If that’s what goes on sometimes, don’t worry about it. These kinds of “senior moments” aren’t serious. Still, if you want to refresh your memory and keep it strong, here are proven ways to do it.
Challenge Your Brain. Competing with yourself or others in challenging activities like crossword puzzles, Scrabble, trivia games, Sudoku, even memorizing your grocery list, will keep your mind sharp.
Sleep On It. If you’re not getting a good seven hours of solid sleep, studies show one of the side effects is poor memory.
Tame Stress. Deep breathing can immediately reduce stress, which dims memory. Meditation, yoga, walks, tai-chi, and therapy are other ways to bring down the worry level.
Eat Right.Certain fruits and vegetables such as broccoli and berries, and foods containing omega 3s, such as olive oil and fish, are especially nourishing to your brain.
Take Your Meds. Physiological conditions, including high cholesterol or blood pressure ,can negatively affect memory. If your doctor has prescribed medication to control these conditions, take them without fail.
Be A Social Butterfly. Studies show a clear connection between social relationships and a sharp mind. The more frequently you’re in contact with friends and family, the more likely your mind will stay active.