It doesn't matter how old we are; mental acuity is something we all want to have for as long as possible. Scientists are constantly researching and trying to figure out how we can keep our brain in great shape.
In this day and age people are constantly looking for ways to stay young. Keeping your mind sharp is among the best ways to maintain your youth.
1. Exercise regularly – Scientific studies continue to confirm the direct relationship between regular physical exercise and mental acuity. In fact, if you make it a habit to engage in aerobic activities for 30 minutes every day, your brain will benefit from it.
Exercising is something you can do regardless of age, so even if you've never been an active person most of your life, it's never too late to become active now.
2. Eat better – What you eat does affect brain health, so you'll need to make better, healthier choices when it comes to your diet. Go with a diet that has moderate amounts of fat and protein and high in fiber.
Take the time to prepare healthy meals at home instead of dining out or ordering to-go at fast food places.
I have reduced my fast food runs over time to the point that I stopped going period. I didn’t really even notice the lack until someone else mentioned eating there. Believe me I didn’t miss it, and neither did my wallet. You can actually save more money eating in.
3. Whole foods are great for your brain – Supplements are good, but as much as possible, you'll want to get your vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from whole food sources, not from tablets or capsules.
The best way to get the essential nutrients your body needs is to eat healthy foods. Supplements are a good way to get them in if you cannot incorporate the food into your diet or can’t eat it for other personal reasons.
4. Know that many mental related diseases are preventable – Did you know that hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are totally preventable?
These health conditions can have an adverse effect on your brain health, so you'll want to do everything you can to lower your risk of developing these conditions. Start with your diet and exercise.
5. Get quality sleep – According to scientists, chronic sleep problems contribute to cognitive decline. If you want your mind to stay sharp, you should be getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep every night.
Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no such thing as catching up on lost sleep, at least in ways that impact your brain positively. Think about the dozens of times you’ve tried to catch up on sleep, how’d that work? Eventually you probably felt more tired and sluggish.
So be consistent in going to sleep every night. Set a specific time for when you have to be in bed and sleep. You'll be rewarded with a sharper brain.
6. Learn to manage your stress – Believe it or not, your brain functions so much better when you're relaxed.
Stress can affect your mental focus. If you're constantly under stress, you need to find a way to minimize your stress. Exercise regularly, do something that relaxes you, or give yourself a long, hot soak in the tub. Your mind will be clearer when you're not stressed.
7. Learn new things – Just as your body needs regular exercise to keep your bones and muscle strong and healthy, your mind needs mental exercise to keep it sharp.
Challenge your brain. Make it a goal to learn one new thing every day or week, no matter how simple that is. You can also tackle bigger learning challenges, such as signing up for a photography class. If you've always feared math, find an accounting course for adults at a local community college. You might end up enjoying numbers. You can keep your mind sharp by learning new things.
Try all these strategies and notice the improvement in your mental acuity within a short time. You will not have to worry about not being as sharp as you once were. Keep these tips up and it’ll be like your mind has aged a day.
The great thing about these strategies is that you can start using them right now.
Do you do anything to keep your mind sharp if so, what?