In the wellness world there is a lot of focus on physical fitness centers, but little on cognitive fitness. The latest study shows how nootropics work and that increasing and strengthening the brain through exercise is very likely to promote cognitive health. Ultimately, individuals have a physical age and a mental age. The brain has a remarkable ability to change and adapt depending on the exercises given. Here are some essential micro-steps, and how you can adopt them at home to improve your cognitive health:
Oxygen is essential for helper cells to fully maintain myelin. Exercise increases oxygen flow to the brain. You’re also likely to gain clinical cognitive benefits by playing puzzles like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and strategy board games.
In my work, we invite our clients to intentionally introduce joy into their daily lives. This is something that everyone can benefit from. This simple exercise can change brain activity and create an automatic positive response to life’s difficulties. Studies show that simply thinking about joyful moments increases serotonin levels in the brain. Put life in perspective by emphasizing what you can control rather than dwelling on the things you can’t control. By practicing choosing a positive response, will become your habitual response.
Get Some Sleep
Sleep-deprived people also tend to have higher levels of stress and anxious relationships. See how this can be related? To improve the quality of your sleep, keep your bedroom dark and cool. Turn off electricity an hour before bedtime, as bright light is one of the main reasons our brains think it’s time to be awake and alert.
High cortisol levels in the brain impair memory, raise blood pressure, and make thinking difficult. Meditation can help, and it’s easy to get started. Remember that your genetic makeup should not determine your destiny. Simple, sustainable changes to your daily lifestyle and improved cognitive well-being can lead to optimal physical and mental performance.