As we age, we often find ourselves worrying when we occasionally forget where our car keys are or forget someone’s name who we’ve known for quite a while, etc.
Much of the time this is due to our over activity in too many things and forgetting little things like these is normal. The old saying is true of our minds as well as other parts of our body–”use it or lose it.”
Because I spend so much time on the computer doing a wide variety of tasks in addition to my regular life, it is easy to forget what I’m to do next. That is why I have to have a daily plan and a list to follow with, of course, the most important tasks first. Trying to over multi-task (a woman’s worst enemy) contributes to confusion and loss of memory.
Below are 6 things we should all do to keep our minds working in top order.
- Exercise your mind. Crossword puzzles, mind games, challenging reading or educational classes can help keep your brain agile and strong.
- Exercise your body. Physical exercise seems to correlate with better mental function, perhaps because of improved circulation.
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Vegetables and fruit are the best sources of antioxidants. Fish, flax seed and walnuts provide omega-3s.
- Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol in almost any quantity can be toxic to the nervous system.
- De-stress. Perform daily breathing exercises and practice relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
- Take a multivitamin that contains B vitamins. Folic acid, B6 and B12 are essential to maintaining healthy nerve function.