Caregiving • Safety Lifestyle Factors That Improve Brain Health
We all know that taking care of our bodies leads to better physical health, and this becomes increasingly important as we age. But have you also considered your brain health and how to improve that as you grow older, too? Brain health is a crucial factor in staying healthy for seniors, and this can be improved by making some simple lifestyle changes!
Get Good Sleep
Feeling rested and getting a good night of quality sleep is a huge factor that can impact brain health. Seniors are advised to try and get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night – and the sleep should be good quality. Rest is important for brain function!
Staying active and getting in some daily exercise can do wonders for the brain! Something simple like taking a walk every day can help our bodies feel stronger. Plus, exercise helps to lessen feelings of anxiety or depression, so those happy endorphins make our brain feel good, too!
Journaling might sound old fashioned, but there is something to be said about traditions! The act of writing out your thoughts and feelings is incredibly therapeutic. Writing it out can help you to relieve stress and burdens. When you destress, you help your brain feel better.
Eat and Drink Healthy
Pay attention to what you put into your body and help to give it what it needs. This includes getting plenty of Vitamin C, which you can find in oranges and peppers –yum! Make sure you’re getting enough water to keep your body hydrated. If you’re up for the challenge, try switching from coffee to tea and lessen your initial caffeine jolt in the mornings. When we feel good, we think good.
Talk to Other People
It’s a good idea to be as social and connected as you can. Join a community club or organization and make sure you’re talking to people regularly! This is good for our brain health and overall social wellbeing.
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