The following is a contributed post.
We go through many changes as we age, and that includes our cognitive functions. When we get older, we tend to lose aspects of our memory. For example, have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went in there in the first place? If so, you will know what it is like to be forgetful. In most cases, this is normal and is part of the course when it comes to aging. However, should you have suffered a head injury, or you feel more forgetful than normal, then you should seek the proper medical advice.
To offset memory loss, follow these simple suggestions to keep your brain working in tip-top fashion.
Mentally stimulate yourself
A lifestyle of watching tv all day isn’t going to stimulate your mind. Instead, take up activities that require some mental effort, such as word puzzles, creative writing, brain training exercises and craft activities.
No matter what your age, there is always room to improve your education, so taking a local college course, for example, will give your mind plenty to focus on. Whatever you do, don’t let your mind sit idle for long, but seek activities that will require some thinking on your part.
Look after your mental health
We are all prone to stress, anxiety, and depression, but those people who suffer more than most are at higher risk of losing their cognitive abilities. Where possible, look after yourself and get plenty of rest, so you don’t burn yourself out. Speak to friends, family, and professional counselors should you feel as if you are ‘losing your mind.’ Maintaining a positive attitude is a great way to ensure good mental health, so be kind to yourself and get support.
Eat a healthy diet
There are scientifically proven ways to reduce mental decline by eating the right foods and taking supplements. For example, vitamin B has been linked to reducing the risk of dementia, so foods such as cereal, grains, and leafy vegetables should be a staple part of your diet.
Omega 3, found in food such as fatty fish and eggs, is another way to offset dementia. There are also natural supplements, such as Caruso’s omega 3 krill oil, which can complement your regular diet. Eating healthily is good for your body and your mind, so you should have no excuses not to begin immediately.
Exercise is something many people struggle with, yet there are activities you can take part in without having to go to the gym. Exercise stimulates the mind, improves moods, and reduces stress levels. So while there are many other health benefits, taking part in regular exercise will also improve the state of your mind.
We all know smoking is bad for us, but you may not be aware of the effects on your brain. Studies have found that smokers have a thinner brain cortex than non-smokers, the layers of which are responsible for memory and language. Smoking can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, so there is further reason to give up this bad habit.