5 tips to keep from losing your mind
You've heard the saying; the mind is a terrible thing to waste. This is a slogan that originated as a marketing effort to help the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and it definitely succeeded, now 40 years later, it has $1Billion dollars raised and 350,000 educated college students later. There is debate between mind v.s. brain, a phenomena referred to as “dualism”. For the purposes here, the two will be combined, although there can be a difference. Medically speaking, the things that we want to prevent are Alzheimer's, every 69 seconds someone develops this disease, which can carry a great burden mentally, physically, and economically to the patient and their care givers. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is another tragedy. There are other neurological and mood disorders that can also impair our mind and memory. More over, what about the subtle stress that many face day to day, that when compounded can decrease your minds abilities? Here are 5 things you can do to take power over your mind and memory.
- Eat brain food! Salmon provides essential fatty acids which research is showing can provide help for those suffering from depression. If fish isn't your thing, try fresh ground flax seed to add to a smoothie.
- Exercise! Moving your body is not only good for your muscles, but your mind as well. Minimal goal should be 30 minutes of walking, hiking, biking, swimming at least 3 times a week, but ideally more. Research shows again, that this helps those with depression.
- Forget and Forgive! Life will through challenges at you, friends and family may let you down sometimes, however it is important to not hold that stress in, stress plays a role in virtually every disease/disorder, and learning to let go, will make your life better. If you are having trouble with this, talk to someone. Remember “I” statements to help express your emotions without blame to others.
- Have Play in your Day! You need to choose something to that will help decrease stress. Do you have children or a dog that can bring that into your life? They play regularly, if not try to find another source of playfulness, dancing, laughter, etc, anything to let loose and cut the seriousness.
- Multi-tasking goes Mad to Bad! You try to do it, but sometimes it can cause you to be juggling too much at once, which is a bad thing for your brain. Research shows that only one complicated task should be handled at once, and that it can impair memory and learning. The biggest thing to avoid is multi-tasking when eating as this can impair absorption. Do your best to eat in a comfortable setting with company that you enjoy.
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