By TERRY SMALL
Do you take your brain health seriously? Or, do you take it for granted?
Remember, you only have one brain.
American author Isaac Asimov once said, “The human brain, then, is the most complicated organisation of matter that we know.” It needs to be maintained.
You may already know many ways to boost your brain.
Here are some you may not have thought of. Brain science notes these surprising ways to keep your brain young.
Remember, when it comes to your brain, the little things add up.
Phone a friend
Better yet, visit a friend. Having a social life is one of the best things you can do for your brain.
Not being socially connected is actually a stronger risk for death than not exercising, or obesity (Time magazine).
Having friends in your life protects your mental health, lowers stress, and supports your immune system. Real-life contact is key.
Find a good boss
Hating your boss is bad for your brain. If you like your boss, your blood pressure will likely be lower, and your heart disease risk goes down.
Remember, what’s good for your heart is good for your brain.
Have a cup of tea
Better yet, have two. Tea is a powerful source of antioxidants. Tea protects your brain and heart.
Tea lowers your bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and your risk of stroke. Green and black teas are brain teas.
Help others, and you do a lot for your health. A review of 40 studies found that volunteering cuts your risk of early death by 22%!
Volunteerism is linked to lower rates of depression, and greater well-being.
Volunteering is good for your brain. Look for ways to make a difference.
People who work hard at meaningful work live the longest lives, says Howard S Friedman, a psychologist at the University of California (published in a book called The Longevity Project).
Productive hard work lowers your stress, and increases happiness. Both are important for your brain health.
Remember that every little bit helps…
Terry Small is a brain expert who resides in Canada and believes that anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire. To connect with Terry, write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reposted with permission
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