Did you know that apart from physical fitness, your brain also needs exercise in order to remain healthy and functional? This is something that many people fail to invest in, even if it really matters a lot. There is a world of difference between brain cognition in, let’s say your 30s and later in life in your 50s:
Your Thirty Year Old Brain…
- Usually has a good active working memory (this includes the things that we need to know in the present, such as your email password, your entire schedule for next month, a mental list of things you need to buy at the supermarket, etc.)
- Usually shows awareness of things in the environment to keep yourself safe (utilizing and processing things taken in by the five senses, namely seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching) • Is usually able to absorb new, learned information quickly and retrieve easily when needed (terms and other educational details learned in academic books, a new procedure to follow when renewing one’s driver’s license, etc.)
- Can easily follow multi-step instructions (learning how to operate or troubleshoot a new device, execute dance movements, etc.)
Your Fifty Year Old Brain…
- Might have a hard time recalling information needed in the present (names of someone’s children, when the plumber is coming over, etc.)
- Could miss out on important things in the environment (a wet spot on the floor, a car veering to the left, etc.)
- Might need to take some time to internalize and recall new information, or may need notes or a visual guide to remember them (a map of the amusement park, directions to a new restaurant you want to visit, etc.)
- Might require extra practice or review of multi-step instructions (assembling a piece of furniture, executing a move in a new sport, etc.)
Not Fixed in Stone
Of course, these are not hard and fast characteristics of a 30 year old and a 50 year old brain. As all minds are different, some will be sharper (or duller) than others. It all depends on how much exercise you give your brain in order to keep it razor sharp and alert. A person who engages in “healthy brain” practices will definitely be keen even past the senior years, while a person who neglects to care for his brain might find befuddlement and forgetfulness as a common thing in midlife. Here are some health brain practices that everyone should follow:
- Engage in new experiences, both mental and physical. New experiences spark new connections between the dendrites in your brain, and the more dendrites you have, the sharper your brain will be. A stagnant mind will lead to nerve connections dying off!
- Practice the mind-body connection. Engaging in physical activity will promote better circulation, bringing generous amounts of oxygen-rich blood to your brain to keep it healthy and strong.
- Get enough rest. Sleep and rest when needed, because this is the time when the brain heals itself and make connections stronger and more solid.
- Take womens supplements regularly. Health and nutrition supplements are not only ways to stave off illnesses. The nutrients in them also help contribute to a healthier brain. The more organic the supplements are, the more nutrients will be delivered to your grey matter.
While ageing is a truth and there is no stopping it, these healthy brain practices can definitely do a lot to delay it. The more often you practice these healthy brain practices, the “younger” your mind will be – even if you are already white-haired and wrinkly!