Would you like to improve your brain cognition or that of someone you love? If so, the time to take those steps is now.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s dementia. And the Center for Disease Control says that more than 16 million people are suffering from cognitive impairment.
If you’ve noticed any loss of cognitive function or just want to keep your brain working well for as long as possible, there are some things you can do.
Cognitive activity is what happens when the brain helps us make sense of our lives. Both inside our body and externally.
To increase your cognitive function here are some tips.
A study found socializing with others to have a beneficial effect on cognition and helped protect against dementia. Socializing with others can lower our stress level and make us feel less isolated or lonely. The study noted that feeling lonely can promote a decline in cognition and feeling isolated can disrupt optimal brain function.
2. Get Enough Aerobic Exercise
Your brain needs oxygen to work properly. Engaging in aerobic activities helps increase blood circulation which increases the amount of oxygen reaching your brain. A University of Illinois study also concluded that aerobic exercise training helps improve cognitive function in older adults.
3. Start a New Hobby
Learning a new hobby often requires you to learn new things. Pick one that requires you to learn new words, instructions, new eye-hand coordination, or simply discover new things.
Playing an instrument, learning how to make pottery or a new language, playing word and number puzzles, or going to museums or zoos are all great choices to improve cognitive function.
You can also expand on your current hobbies by branching out to learn more about it. Perhaps by taking an advanced class.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep helps cognitive thinking by helping to control your working memory and executive function. People who get poor sleep quality have less gray matter in their brains, according to a study by the University of California, San Francisco.
5. Eat Brain-Food
Eating the right foods improve brain functions and a host of other great health benefits. Foods that are good for your brain contain omega-3s and antioxidants. Foods that are bad contain saturated fats. You can also take supplements, such as Adrafinil, which can promote alertness and attention.
Good sources of omega-3s are “fatty fishes” (tuna, salmon, halibut), nuts and seeds, beans, and green vegetables.
To get plenty of antioxidants, eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables in the colors of the rainbow. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that cause damage to your brain.
It is hard to think properly under chronic stress and it can cause cognitive skills problems. So incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine.
Some of the above tips can help relieve stress, such as exercise, relaxing hobbies and getting enough sleep. Some other things to try are meditation, accept what you can’t control, and take time out for yourself. It’s okay to say “no” to commitments that don’t fit your schedule or bring value to your life.
Start Improving Your Cognitive Activity
Incorporate positive cognitive activity practice into your life. It’s a valuable lifelong habit that will keep your brain functioning properly.
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