Naturally, people do not want to think about aging. Though, it is a fact of life that everyone needs to give some degree of thought, often, it is not until a person begins to enter the later part of their life that they take aging into consideration.
Due to the unfortunate side effects of getting older, it has in a way been dreadfully accepted that with age comes the lack of ability to learn. That the retaining of information no longer comes as naturally as it once had.
However, it has been proven that the brain, regardless of its age, never loses the ability to learn. The only catch is in order to keep the brain, like the rest of the body, in good working condition well into your years, it has to be exercised and maintained.
Having a life long learning capable and healthy brain is not impossible to achieve. There are multiple steps and measures you can take in order to ensure your own brain’s well being. The Brain can be compared to a vast and rather complicated network of wires all communicating. When certain wires become less and less used over time, they also become weaker and more inadequate at performing their original job. Eventually, if enough time has passed without them getting used, they become dormant and will die.
But luckily, even once the neglecting and inactivity have begun, the left out locations of the brain can be repaired, rejuvenated, and reused!
Listed are 10 ways you can maintain your brain and prepare for a smooth aging process:
1. Try being adoptable by putting yourself in new situations. Try new things, go to new places, meet new people. The possibilities are endless.
2. Learning about how the brain works is important. Understanding how and what the functions of the brain are will help you know what parts of the brain you use for different occasions and tasks in your life.
3. Though by the later part of your life, you will have probably been used to routine, try to mix things up a little. Do the small challenges slightly different each day. Take different routes while driving or visit different restaurants and shop at different places. This adds more spark to your life and requires more usage of the brain.
4. Be Positive! Stress and anger are bad for brain health. Get into the habit of being positive early to that you will stay in it.
5. Have a nicely balanced diet or try a ketogenic diet (read more on it here). Wise food choices make everything else come easier and work better since food provides the energy for your life.
6. Don’t let mistakes ruin your day. Mistakes offer great chances to learn and better yourself from. They will build your intelligence, wisdom, and give you a more well rounded opinion.
7. Get a healthy amount of exercising in. Not only will the physical activity work out your body, but the brain is used more while the body is undertaking physical work. Some basic home gym equipment can help a lot, you don’t need the best rowing machine for your home work outs but a good brand can help a lot. Also a treadmill or a spin bike can do wonders.
8. Keep your friends close but also try at making new friendships. Socializing is a huge part of friendship and the wider variety of friends you have, the more kinds of discussion you will have.
9. Have a good sense of humor. Laughter is good for you and your brain. Find the things in life you find funny and surround yourself with them.
10. Anxiety along with stress will prevent healing of the brain. Many of the previous listings will reduce stress. Also if possible, vacation, sun bath, spend time with children or whatever else will help you reduce stress.
The sooner you begin enrolling these in your life, the sooner you will begin preparing your brain for aging that will go unnoticed.