Physical exercise helps keep not only your body fit, your brain will benefit as well. During exercise, nerve cells release a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that stimulates the formation of new brain cells and new neural connections.
- Getting more Sleep
Getting adequate sleep is not an indulgence. Research has shown that skimping on just one night of sleep affects your mental performance as much as being legally drunk. Now, that is one good reason to go to bed earlier every night.
- Listen to music.
Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Listening to music positively impacts memory, focus, attention, language skills, and physical coordination. In fact, learning to play a musical instrument is even better for mental development. Children who learn to play a musical instrument develop better memories and IQ compared to those with no musical training at all.
- Feed your brain
The human brain is the most complex entity in the universe. It stands to reason that you should treat your brain like a powerful engine and only give it the highest quality fuel. The foods you eat – and don’t eat – play a crucial role in your memory. Get plenty of fresh vegetables and healthy fats and avoid sugar and grain carbohydrates.
- Make time for friends
Humans are social animals. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Relationships stimulate our brains. People with the most active social lives have the slowest rate of memory decline. In fact, interacting with people may be the best form of mental exercise.