A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Your Brain Healthy

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Brain waves, neural pathways, synapses, neurons, endorphinsThe most important organ of all, aside from your heart, of course, is your brain and, as a result, it makes sense that you want to keep your brain as healthy and strong as it possibly can be for the entirety of your life.

So, with that being said, here is a comprehensive guide to keeping your brain healthy, both emotionally and physically.

1.   Challenge Your Thinking

Too often, especially in older adults, people get into an automatic mindset, and it is often believed that habits cannot be changed that have been present for many years.

However, to keep your mind sharp and ‘quick’, making a concerted effort to focus your energy on challenging your thoughts and beliefs by broadening your horizons is a fantastic idea.

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, brain healthyWays to challenge your thinking could include:

  • Start keeping up to date with politics
  • Read books
  • Spend less time on social media
  • Watch documentaries
  • Talk to people with different viewpoints to your own
  • Widen your social circle

2.   Modify Your Diet

Another hugely influential way to drastically improve your overall brain health is to pay close attention to your current diet and exercise regime and work towards making healthier changes to the food and drink you consume regularly.

From reputable and top quality cbd oil uk, which can help to alleviate the load of worry on your shoulders, to eating fruit, vegetables, and lean proteins, changing your diet to a much healthier one will benefit your brain, not to mention your entire body.

3.   Small Changes to Your Daily Routine

As well as larger changes to your diet and sleeping pattern, you should also strive to set smaller challenges to engage your brain differently and you would be surprised how small the changes must be for them to be effective:

  • Eat a snack with your eyes closed
  • Listen to a music album you would never normally choose
  • Move your television to a different room for a week
  • Workout in the kitchen whilst you wait for the kettle to boil
  • Brush your teeth with the opposite hand
  • Walk or drive a different way to your place of work

4.   Be Confident in Social Situations

Finally, the other main area of your life where you can actively challenge and, therefore, strengthen the health of your brain is when it comes to your social interactions, both with family members and friends, as well as with strangers.

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When it comes to social situations, if you are usually the type of person who is hyper-aware of not wanting to make a fool out of yourself, and keeping yourself to your social group, then it is time to start breaking free and talking to new people.

In stores, especially those that you frequent often, start to talk to the people behind the cash register and other people who you meet about your daily duties. When it comes to colleagues at work, strive to talk to them on a more personal level and make new friendships in the process.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at aknextphase.com. She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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