Mary couldn’t believe it was happening again. As soon as she entered the kitchen she forgot why she was there. What was it that she wanted from the kitchen?
She stood there for a few minutes racking her brain trying to trigger her memory. She was sure she would remember when she got to the kitchen this time. But it was all forgotten.
As soon as she walked back into the living room the item popped into her thoughts and she remembered what she wanted from the kitchen.
Does this ever happen to you? It can be frustrating and time consuming to have these short lapses in memory. Who wants to keep backtracking to remember what they are looking for? Not me, not anymore.
In this article I am going to share 8 simple ways you can fine-tune your mind to stay sharp.
Let’s start by looking at how the body works. When you use your body you get better muscle tone, more energy, and better health. Keeping a sharp mind over a lifetime requires that you find new ways to use your mind.
When you incorporate these 8 simple ways into your life you will take care of your mind so it can work the way you need it to.
#1 – Just Keep Moving
I met an elderly man who looked fit and I asked him how he did it. He told me the secret to his vitality. “Just keep moving,” he said. He walked every day and was sure it kept his body and mind sharp.
Do you have a daily plan for movement? It could be 30 minutes of walking, biking, swimming, yoga, tennis, or martial arts. One of the most significant mind dulling moves you can make is to become sedentary.
Your brain’s neural pathways begin to shut down when you do not do something to get your blood flowing on a daily basis. Just moving 30 minutes a day can help.
#2 – Read More Often
Did you know that many people stop reading after they finish school?
People are busy taking care of family, paying bills, shopping for necessities, and time for reading slips away.
However, if you make time to read at least 20 minutes a day, you’ll increase your brain power exponentially. You will keep those neural pathways open and may even create some new ones.
#3 – Eat Healthy
The foods you eat are the fuel that feeds your body and your mind. The truth is your body and your mind cannot function properly if they do not have the right fuel.
Did you know that if you do not drink enough water your thinking and memory can be foggy? The healthiest diet for a sharp mind includes good quality protein, a variety of vegetables and fruits, nuts, and healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil. Your brain needs fat to function at it’s best potential.
Find the best way of eating for your needs and health and stick to it at least 80 percent of the time, and you’ll reap the rewards.
#4 – Focus on Your Posture
It may seem silly, but if you keep good posture throughout your life, your mind will also stay sharper. Sit up correctly, learn how to walk correctly, and it helps every part of you remain in better focus.
If you spend time at a computer take breaks every 30 minutes and stretch. Leaning over a desk or a computer causes many posture problems. You can try Pilates and/or Yoga to help improve your posture.
#5 – Enough Sleep
Do you get enough sleep on a regular basis? Your brain health depends on it. Adults need to sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night. Sadly, most of us are not getting anywhere near that amount of sleep.
It is easy to wake up worrying about your health, money, or relationships that are troublesome. Once that worry cycle kicks in it can be difficult to get back to sleep.
What do you do to help yourself sleep through the night or get back to sleep once you wake up worrying? I focus on my breathing, imagining my breath coming in and out of my heart. That calms my body and helps me get back to sleep.
Sleep is a crucial and vital part of a healthy lifestyle and a sharp mind.
#6 – Practice Lifelong Learning
Whenever you learn something new, whether it’s painting, how to play an instrument, or something more practical, like how to use a new app on your computer, it engages new areas of your brain and will keep it sharp.
Learning something new opens new pathways in your brain which improves how your brain and mind function.
#7 – Listen to Music
Music can be soothing, energizing, and uplifting to your health and the health of your mind.
Do you every hear an old tune and find yourself singing along? The words are there for you no matter how old the song is. Your mind stores memories connected to tunes and music.
Music that humans make or music that we find in nature is significant to us and helps keep our brain functioning in a healthy way. In fact, music is a part of memory care for people who have cognitive difficulties.
#8 – Get Regular Checkups
When getting regular checkups let your doctor know about anything you are concerned about when it comes to your mind.
Many issues with the mind can be caught early and corrected. Your doctor is there to help you stay healthy. Your job is to communicate, listen, and follow-through for the sake of your own mind health, and longevity.
Having a sharp mind well into your elderly years can be accomplished if you make it an essential part of how you live every day.
You don’t have to be like Mary and forget why you went into the kitchen.
You can have a razor-sharp mind when you keep moving, read more often, eat healthily, focus on your posture, get enough sleep, practice life-long learning, listen to music, and get regular checkups with your doctor.
NANCY DADAMI – is transforming the way spirited women function in their surroundings. I teach creatives and smart busy entrepreneurs to create workspaces that make their hearts sing, empower their work, and shorten their path to success. As a Feng Shui Consultant, Energy Reader, and Soul Flow Artist, I help you understand “the flow” and Find Peace of Mind in your life and business. See her personal website here https://nancydadami.com.