Do you find that more and more you’re forgetting the simplest things? Do you go into a room and forget why you wanted to be there? Or do you have a problem with people’s names? Forgetting things and having problems concentrating is common – particularly as you get older. But aging does not have to be associated with memory problems. It is possible to keep your mind sharp and quick as you get older, which will give you a better quality of life and a lower risk of dementia. Take a look at these ways to train your brain to stay in shape.
1. Give your brain a workout
You need to exercise your body so you keep your muscles strong and your heart healthy, and you need to exercise your mind if you want to be thinking clearly throughout your life. Many people get into the habit of doing things in the easiest possible way, which does not help when you are trying to keep your mind active. Complete some mentally challenging activities every day such as crosswords or puzzles, and vary the way you do things so you are forced to pay attention to your activities and your surroundings. Drive a different way to work, read an article you wouldn’t normally read, or eat your dinner using the opposite hand to hold the fork. Use your brain, don’t lose it.
2. Organization is key
Give your brain a fighting chance and make sure you are as organized as you can be. If all your documents and items are in the right place you won’t waste time looking for things and you will also be able to focus your mind on more important matters. Make use of all the things at your disposal to become better organized so you don’t forget important dates and facts – use apps for your phone, a traditional desk diary, planners, and notebooks.
3. Your diet helps your brain
It is important to eat a healthy diet so your brain and your body are fit and well. Cut out saturated fats and include plenty of lean meat and fish, wholegrains, vegetables, and fruit. Drink plenty of water as dehydration can contribute to poor concentration and memory lapses.
4. Sleep well
Set your neural pathways and repair your brain functions with a good rest overnight. Sleep is important in many ways, not least because it helps you function better mentally during the day.