If you’re finding that your mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be, you’re forgetting more things or you can’t seem to concentrate, it could be a sign that you’re losing some cognitive function. Now while that might seem scary, try not to worry too much. It’s a common sign of getting older but luckily, there are things you can do to improve your cognitive ability. If you’re looking to improve your cognitive function or you’re just wanting to stop the decline before it even starts, here are some healthy brain tips you can follow.
Consistently challenge your brainTrying new experiences, learning about new things and challenging your brain in new ways has been shown to improve cognitive performance. Getting out of your comfort zone forces your brain to make new pathways and adopts a growth mindset that keeps it healthier for longer. Take on a new hobby such as photography or painting and watch those synapses fly.
Get good sleepWe know how great we feel after a good night of quality sleep. It puts us in a better mood and gives us energy to keep up with our busy lives. But getting enough good quality sleep is also key to keeping our minds sharp and a lack of sleep can lead to difficulties in problem-solving, reasoning and concentrating, and memory. If you want to improve your sleep there are numerous ways to do so, most of which are just small easy changes to make. Examples of ways to help you sleep better include:
- stop drinking caffeinated drinks after 3pm
- turn your blue light filter on across your various devices
- get enough exercise
- add lavender to your bedroom
- discover your natural sleep cycle and adjust your schedule accordingly if you can