I have entered into the age where:
1. I look in the mirror less.
2. My eyes need some extra help ( although this comes in handy when looking in the mirror).
3. I have to exercise a lot and not eat as much.
Most people will say this, so here goes again because it is the valid honest truth.
I feel much better now than when I did in my twenties.
But then the question arises…Why don’t I look the way I feel?
I have come to the conclusion that there are a few things that I can do to help – creams, eat healthy, drink lots of hydrating fluids and one very important aspect to keeping me young, that gets missed in the discussion of aging, is taking extra care of my brain.
You are growing new brain cells daily.
- In the past, it was believed that we did not grow new brain cells. To help your brain grow these new cells, try to incorporate the below in to your daily routine.
Brain Healthy Tips
Drink some coffee
- Coffee is full of antioxidants and increases circulation; however, one cup is plenty!
- I had to include this because I am a coffee drinker ( thanks to my kids); yet, I am a tad bit snobby about the brand. I only drink organic, free trade coffee. My absolute favorite coffee is grown by Dave Steiner on the Big Island.
- Research is showing that people who engage in daily meditation have less cognitive decline and brain shrinkage.
- To be quite honest, I never thought I could meditate; but I decided to start out slowly and every night before bed, I mediate for anywhere between 3 to 10 minutes. And if I have any problems, I will focus on my breathing and things that I am grateful for.
Fill your brain with experiences
- Life experiences use brain cells that bring on healthy state of mind plus, tackle plaque in your brain.
- Socialize, travel, have a purposeful life, and a stimulating job.
Start playing a musical instrument
- I played the violin for about 4 years when I was young so a couple of years ago, I decided to start up again. I was super surprised at how much I had remembered. I could feel that I was stimulating old brain pathways and it brought a lot of joy to me. I am not taking lessons at the moment but I do jump in and help my daughter practice the piano. It’s empowering to know that I still can read music!
There are many many things you can do … what are you doing?
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