As we age, so do our minds, putting us at risk of brain-impairing conditions that can drastically affect our daily lives. The good news? Studies have found that continual learning throughout one’s lifetime can decrease the risk of cognitive decline, and our lifestyle choices can impact how effectively we learn.
Find your focus
The sleep you get prior to learning helps detoxify the brain and replenish your body’s metabolites, preparing your mind to acquire new memories upon waking.
To help improve your sleep, try the following:
· avoid screens before bed
· follow a consistent sleep schedule
· limit alcohol intake
What you eat can have a big impact on your brain heath; proper nutrition is necessary for efficient brain performance and development, and can reduce your risk of diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, which have been linked to memory loss.
Try incorporating more foods that are low in saturated fat and high in nutrients like the following:
– fruits and vegetables
– whole grains
Did you know that moving your body can have a significant impact on your memory and concentration?
Physical activity increases blood flow to your brain, firing neurons and promoting cell growth in the hippocampus, helping you focus on learning and improving your memory.
Try 20 minutes of exercise before sitting down to work or learn to aid in concentration.
Mindfulness, which can be explained as any intentional practice of bringing your concentration to the present moment,
has been shown to aid focus and memory.
In a 2019 study, just 13 minutes of focused meditation over a period of eight weeks was shown to improve attention and both working and recognition memory.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, such as closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing, or using a guided meditation app.
Here are some supplements to aid your brain on the day to day:
- lion’s mane mushrooms
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