Are you feeling as if life is just flying by? Stop for a second and make note of this information. These nine tips will help save you some time, improve your memory and assist you moving forward.
Regardless of your age, today's society is built on a schedule that moves at a quick pace. From getting the kids ready for school in the morning to driving to work and completing a certain amount of tasks before noontime, you're always on the go. If you're a caregiver, your shifts can almost seem never-ending. And the older we get, the higher the chances slip-ups can occur. All we need is a balance of rest and physical activity.
1. Step it up
A 30-minute daily walk is one of the best things you can do for your body, including your brain.
"Physical exercise has the best evidence for preserving memory and mental function with aging," says R. Scott Turner, MD, and PhD, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Exercise can help prevent conditions that can lead to memory loss, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and stroke.
2. Go Mediterranean
A healthy diet is always good for your brain, but one eating style in particular may be best for preserving memory. "There's good evidence for the Mediterranean-style diet," says Argye Hillis, MD, professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Keeping to a Mediterranean diet doesn't mean pasta and pizza, she says, "but lots of fruits and vegetables, fish rather than red meat, and olive oil." One study found people who closely followed this diet were nearly 20% less likely to develop thinking and memory problems than people who didn't stick to a Mediterranean-eating plan.
3. Engage Your Brain
"Just like physical exercise, mental exercise is good for you," says Mustafa Husain, MD, director of the geriatric psychiatry division at Duke University School of Medicine.
Play cards, join a book club, watch a football game with friends and discuss the score, or play a brain-training app. Any mentally challenging activity will keep your mind sharp.
4. Stay Social
Card games and book clubs also keep you socially active -- another plus for your brain.
"The more social connections someone has, the better they are at preserving mental function and memory," Turner says. Social interaction also enhances memory through its effects on mood. "We see a lot more depression in people who are socially isolated," Husain says. "Depression itself can cause dementia."
5. Sleep Right
Try to get a good night's sleep. "Attention and concentration go down when sleep is restless, and mental function is not as sharp as it is in those who have normal, restful sleep," Husain says.
Try these tips to get better sleep:
Avoid big meals before bed.
Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
Don't drink caffeine or alcohol close to your bedtime.
Avoid smoking or other forms of nicotine.
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