Your brain governs literally everything you do. Well, at least we hope so! Some of us tend to get a little stressed out with the hustle and bustle of Christmas.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain your “noodle” through this time and the rest of the year!
Sleep deprivation has been associated with all kinds of health issues, big and small!
It’s estimated that, on average, most of us will benefit the most from having 7-8 hours of sleep per night. The important thing is that our brains are allowed to have a least some time experiencing what is referred to as REM sleep, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep. This is the deepest phase of sleep and the phase that scientists believe gives us a feeling of “restedness.”
Tip: No phones 3 hours before bed, and certainly no phones in the bedroom while you are sleeping. Buy an alarm clock.
Exercise benefits your brain, flexibility, regeneration, and longevity.
Sharing your experience with friends and family is vitally important. Remember, be safe and expand your sense of enjoyment and life through new and novel ways to move individually and as a group. Playing tag with a friend may seem simple. However, something like this will instantly enliven your nervous system with every twist and turn you make.
Try not to be a “gym-aholic”. Exercise should also consist of outside adventures, park/garden workouts & brisk walks.
Our brains NEED to learn. “Use it or lose it.”
When we learn something new, our brain literally makes new connections between neurons called synapses. Playing brain games like chess, Sudoku, or scrabble with friends can increase your brain skills. The simple act of reading is becoming more of a lost art as well, keep the grey matter pumping.
If you are often mentally “foggy” in your teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or onwards towards your 80’s …it’s a sign that your brain could be in trouble!
Cooking-eating-assimilation this is chemistry, even with natural whole foods. Pick local, colourful and seasonal.
Please read the label, nowadays manufactured foods typically contain rancid fats/PUFAs (Polyunsaturated fatty acids) or derivatives of petroleum products. Neither of which will do you, your gut biome and therefore brain health any favours.
Choose whole foods; choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever you have the option.
If we look for the bad, we certainly will find it.
If we look for the good, the same is true. One way I’ve found to remain positive is to show gratitude and give thanks daily for the blessings in my life. Grattiude rewires the brain for health. Something as simple as telling your close friends and family. “I’m really grateful for you and your presence in my life.”
Also, realise that, with every challenge or problem, lay fertile ground for compassion and gratitude. Rise to the challenge and find the silver lining.
Brain health is for life, not just Christmas!
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