Did you know that you can rejuvenate your brain? That's right, the brain is the only organ that the more you use it, the better it works.
The Woman Post | Blanca Mery Sanchez (@soyblancamery)
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Applying very simple and highly scientifically validated practices you will be able to have a younger, more flexible, and productive brain. In addition, these good practices not only impact your brain but also have benefits in all areas of your life.
1. Your Brain Loves To Be Hydrated
Did you know that your brain is made up of 75% water? Hence, having dehydration levels below 1% can have very detrimental effects on brain function, making it difficult to concentrate, limiting your memory, and making you feel confused or drowsy.
Being hydrated has among its benefits, including a greater ability to focus, balance in your mood, elimination of toxins and even being able to sleep better. So go for that glass of water before reading on.
-Always have a glass of water close by.
-Every time you are active, stop and drink water.
-When you wake up, drink a large glass of water.
2. Take Your Brain to the Gym
Like the rest of your body, your neural networks require exercise to be flexible and strong. Brain games, puzzles, dancing, critical thinking, learning new things, creativity, memorization, brain gymnastics, neurobics, and reading can all be part of your brain training.
Exercise your brain:
-Learn something new and demanding.
-Meet new and different people.
-Practice a new language.
3. Breathe Consciously
We take an average of 20,000 breaths a day and each one sends a signal to the brain and the body of the way we are feeling. Have you felt how stress changes your breathing rate? Choosing several times a day to pause to breathe slowly and deeply is the same as resetting your brain and allowing it to activate the recovery and growth system which helps you reduce negative stress and return to calm.
To achieve this, do not wait to feel stressed, define five breaks in the day where you get up, take a deep breath through your nose and exhale in twice the amount of time. When your exhale is longer than your inhale, you stimulate the rest and relaxation response within a couple of minutes.
4. Recover Energy Through Sleep
Sleep is key to having adequate brain function. Adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every day, and it should be one of the main priorities to have a healthy brain and a happy life. Lack of sleep can seriously affect the brain. If you want to improve your sleep, try to:
-Adjust your schedule to go to bed and get up at least five out of seven days a week.
-Practice relaxation exercises before going to bed.
-Visualize your goals before sleeping and when you wake up.
-Take a warm shower an hour before.
Your brain needs physical activity in order to be healthy, so you can start to include a walk after lunch, take the stairs, or dance at night in your schedule. A 2018 UCLA study found that sedentary people have increased weight loss in memory-related areas of their brains.
-Walk 10,000 steps a day.
-Practice a sport.
-Get up every time you have a phone call.
-Walk for 10 minutes every hour.
Having a healthy brain benefit all areas of your life. Spend a little time each day to take care of it.