Did you know that a whopping 75% of brain aging can be avoided by making small tweaks to your everyday routine? Three experts recently discussed these brain health hacks in Women’s World magazine.
Here are four brain boosting tips that you can adopt today. It’s easier than you might think to cultivate good brain performance!
1. Grow new neurons by taking a stroll
“Walking without breaks helps keep the part of your brain that grows brain cells more resilient,” reveals psychotherapist, Mike Dow, Ph.D. In fact, it’s so effective that strolling for 25 a few times a week will keep your brain’s “incubator for new brain cells in shape.
2. Take five for five
Dr. Leanne Young says chronic multitasking causes the brain to shrink. “In particular, it reduces the size of the hippocampus, a brain region supporting memory and learning,” Young says. The fix? Cut back on multitasking and let your brain recharge five times a day by taking five minutes to rest – no social media, no TV, no emails … just rest. “Spend those five minutes stretching, going outside or meditating,” Young suggests.
3. Kids’ Play
Mike Dow says game concentration is shown to sharpen memory. Try memory card games because the same game that six-year-olds play revs the recall of 60-year-olds.
4. Try “minute” mindfulness!
Stress “impairs memory and interferes with neurotransmitters that make you feel good. What can be done? “just take a few long, deep breaths and hold each one for a few seconds before releasing it,” says natural health expert Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. “Just doing this one minute is enough to slash the stress hormones that impede memory!