Keeping Your Mind Sharp

By on April 30, 2020
Mind

Part of getting older can mean your memory isn’t what it used to be. This is very common and sometimes it can be a result of lack of sleep, or it can be from feeling stressed or overwhelmed; but, it can also be a sign of more concerning mental health issues. That is why it’s important to try and keep your mind sharp and to look after your general health to make sure you are getting the right amount of rest and recuperation. If you’re worried about memory loss or confusion, follow these suggestions and see if they help to exercise your brain.

Puzzles

Crosswords, jigsaws, sudoku, or other brain games are brilliant ways of challenging your mind every day. Engaging in a hobby could do you good mentally: not only do you have to focus on what you’re doing, but finding an activity you enjoy can reduce your stress levels as well. You also don’t have to spend too long engaging with these activities. Even ten to twenty minutes a day could provide some benefit. They’re good fun, too, and you can enjoy doing them alone, with your partner or another family member or friend.

Keep a Journal

Writing down your thoughts or keeping a daily journal is another good way to preserve your memories and could help to keep them stuck in your mind, too. The process of recalling what happened during your day embeds the memory to the forefront of your mind, contributing and improving your cognitive processing. Like enjoying a hobby, keeping a journal is another way to relieve an individual of any stress they might be feeling as they can explore their emotions through their journal entries. Plus, it is a good way to vent those thoughts and feelings. 

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Seek Professional Care

If you are getting concerned about your memory or other mental health issues, it could be worth seeking professional help. There are many facilities available for those in their later years that are suitable for all needs. Visit CaringAdvisor for more information on the types of services and options that are available to you if you are worried about yourself or a loved one. 

Physical Activity

Keeping yourself physically fit will also have a positive effect on your mental health. Not only will this type of activity improve your mood, but it will also benefit your brain function by stimulating the growth and repair of your brain cells. Furthermore, by engaging in physical exercise you will increase your chances of having a good night’s rest. Sleep deprivation is a contributing factor to memory loss and general cognitive problems. 

Reading 

Reading a good work of fiction or an enlightening non-fiction book are wonderful past times, especially if you are already an avid reader. When you’re reading, your brain is not simply processing the words on a page; it is also developing images in your head based on the descriptions and associating the words with their meanings. This kind of cognitive exercise is excellent for improving memory and reducing the chance of decline later on in life. 

It can be frustrating and worrying when you notice you’re starting to forget things. Remember, there are many reasons you might be struggling with memory loss, but if the problem persists then you should make an appointment with your doctor. In the meantime, try these suggestions and see if they can improve your memory and cognitive functions.

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