5 habits for a lifetime of brain benefits.

In this article, I would like to tell you that some habits you may be forced to create today can set you up for a lifetime of brain benefits.

5. Prioritize sleep​

It is commonly known that sleep impacts your brain functions. And sleep prioritization will be a good idea to take care of your healthy mind. Use this time to develop better sleep habits. Sleep works as fuel your brain. Think of sleep as food and water for your mind. The more quality sleep you get, the better your brain functions. Sleep helps strengthen memory and build connections along the brain’s neural pathways. Quality sleep also helps your body’s immune system function at its optimal levels, which aids in the fight against viral and bacterial infections. Focus on getting seven to eight uninterrupted hours every night. And consistency is as important as duration. Try setting an alarm to remind yourself to go to sleep at the same time each night as well as to wake up every morning.

4. Eat healthy

When your lifestyle changes in a drastic way it’s reasonable to expect that your eating habits may change, too. Emotional eating is something we all do. We suggest one way to solve this is to put effort into planning your meals ahead of time to make sure what you’re eating is nutritionally balanced and not just food you’re craving. Any extra time you have can also be spent on looking for new, creative recipes as a way of keeping your meals healthy.

3. Exercise every day

The brain loves exercise. Both mental and cognitive health are dramatically and positively affected by exercise. Exercise is your secret weapon of anxiety and mood-related symptoms skyrocketing during this time. Gym closed? Need to maintain social distancing? No problem. There’s plenty you can do in the comfort of your own living space to get the heart-pumping exercise that makes the cells in your brain grow while also protecting your mood, memories, and thinking skills.  If you get outside while observing essential social-distancing measures, a brisk walk is a great option too.

2. Meditate mindfully

Ever wanted to try meditation but didn’t know where or how to start? Now is the time. Not only does mindfulness meditation help improve your brain’s focus and your overall attention span, but it can also significantly help with stress reduction – which is something just about everyone can use right now. This is not just some passive breathing exercise. It is a significant brain training resource. Achieving control of your thoughts so that your thoughts don’t control you can be a super-power for many people.   As with what I mentioned above with sleep, consistency is key. You can search “mindfulness meditation” for a variety of online resources and tools, many of which are free.

1. Brain Apps

Self-isolation doesn’t have to mean stagnation. No matter how trite it may sound, but games on the screen of your mobile phone contribute to your development. You just need to learn how to weed them out correctly.  Brain training apps such as Quick Brain, Multiplication table, 2048 Slice Area are designed to keep your wits sharp with short daily exercises that test your memory, maths, attention, reaction and other skills.

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