• Carrie Klaege

Boost Your Brain and Memory, Continued...

6. 1, 2, 3, Relax! Stress is bad for the brain and the body. Learn to counter it by activating your relaxation state. For example, you can sit quietly and focus on slowing your breathing to relax.

7. Time to Go Back to School! Researchers believe that the most efficient way to build more connections between brain cells is to learn something new. Not interested in formal learning? Try an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) class or take up a new craft.

8. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies. Antioxidants reduce chronic inflammations, which has been linked to Alzheimer's. They also relieve oxidative stress, which has been linked to a number of conditions and diseases, including Alzheimer's.

9. To Err is Human. Forgiveness is good for the brain. Letting go of grudges and anger can reduce stress and depression, and increase feelings of well-being - all benefits to the brain!! Studies have shown that differing brain structural anatomy may be associated with a tendency to forgive, suggesting that forgiveness could be a trait that people are born with, but we can all learn to let go.

10. Be a Social Butterfly! Social engagement has been associated with preserving memory and thinking abilities. In one study of more than 1,000 older adults, the 10% with the highest level of social activity had 70% less cognitive decline than those in the lowest 10%. Not typically social? Start small, use small gatherings with friends to reach out to those you don't know well and start new conversations!

Come back tomorrow for 5 more brain boosters!

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