We hear a lot about keeping our bodies healthy and fit, but it is just as important to keep our minds in shape. It’s never too late to start working on our cognitive health, and these seven steps can help you improve your brain’s function:
- Play Games: Sudoku, cards, chess, scrabble, word searches, or a quick card
game can lead to greater brain volume, and boost memory and
- Dance: Learning new dance moves can increase your brain’s processing speed and memory.
- Enjoy Music: Listening to and playing music can boost creative thinking and brain power.
- Try Tai Chi: Tai Chi has been shown to reduce stress, enhance sleep quality, and improve memory.
- Get Physical: 20-30 minutes of exercise a few times a week improves mood, and cardiac function, lowers stress levels and makes you more mentally alert.
- Be Creative: Drawing, painting, flower arranging, knitting, crafts, or anything else creative has been shown to improve cognitive function or even rouse forgotten memories in those with dementia!
- Engage Socially: Research links solitary confinement to brain atrophy, which is why it’s so important to keep up with social interaction and stimulating conversations. Volunteer, connect with loved ones, join a church, or club, or attend community events.