7 Tips for a Healthier Brain

7 Tips for a Healthier Brain

February 4, 2019

It’s safe to say that most of us want to get in shape, lose a few pounds, and feel on top of our game. But so many times we end up focusing on the wrong things (fad diets, trendy exercise routines, etc.) to get us there and we end up abandoning our goals.

If this sounds familiar, it may be time to switch your focus from improving physical health to improving brain health. You may find that you end up reaching those goals after all.

  1. Learn Something New

  1. Be Thankful

  1. Sleep Better

chronic insomnia can cause the hippocampus to shrink, which can negatively impact memory. Research also shows that frequently getting less than 6 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep has been tied to an increased risk of stroke, among other complications.

Poor sleep can also negatively impact mental health, contributing to an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety, as well as exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD. The good news is that following good sleep hygiene may help improve your sleep.

  1. Exercise

  1. Meditate

meditation session and roughly a 65% increase in dopamine levels. It’s been shown to also help reduce anxiety symptoms, improve depression symptoms, lower blood pressure, and more.A Study from UCLA also found that participants who were long-term meditators had brains that aged better and had more gray matter (by volume) than non-meditators. If you’d like to give meditation a try, progressive muscle relaxation might be a good place to start.

  1. Eat Better

  1. Socialize

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