Did you know that socializing with friends and family during a holiday like Easter is a great way to boost your mental, emotional and physical health? Maintaining connections with friends and family is one of the easiest ways to provide a novel environment for your mind. This, in turn, helps combat cognitive decline.
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Research findings at Chicago’s Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Centre indicate that people who were actively social had 25% less cognitive decline. A study by Michigan University also reveals a positive link between socializing and cognitive performance. And, scientists at Brigham Young University found that loneliness and isolation can increase the chance of premature death by up to 30%. It’s clear that being social helps all ages. But, it’s particularly important as we age to prevent dementia and depression later life.
There’s no question that socialization helps our physical, mental and emotional health. So make some plans with your friends or family or put yourself in the company of others. Some fun social activities include volunteering, taking a class or joining a social club. This Easter, while you are enjoying spending time with loved ones and eating Easter treats, you can also celebrate that you are boosting your brain!
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Do you want your brain to perform at its best, in the present and in the future? How can you achieve this? Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study of 17 “superagers,” seniors who have the brain function of 20 year olds. The scientists searched for key differences between superager brains and regular brains. And, if so, whether the findings could help improve brain function throughout one’s lifetime.
Yes, there were differences and, yes, they found ways to boost brain function. Superagers brains were bigger in regions where the normal brains were smaller. Surprisingly, the areas weren’t associated with mental reasoning but, rather, linked to emotion.
How do you stimulate the emotional regions? Well, it’s not by reading a sad novel or getting angry. It’s by challenging yourself until you are outside your comfort zone, then you have to push past this stage. Interestingly, it can be either a physical like a strenuous hike or a mental effort like solving a difficult puzzle.
So what are some ways to challenge yourself?
- Learn an instrument – set a deadline for when you’ll perform a song in front of your family, friends or peers
- Study a new language – plan a date to read a book or to speak with a local in that language
- Participate in Tough Mudder – or an equally physically challenging activity that will take you past your comfort zone. Eg. Cross Fit, cycling
- Take up meditation – sign up for some classes or read a book and then practice for longer periods day after day
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Happy New Year! Wishing you health, happiness and success in 2017! Read about current brain news and leading brain research in our latest monthly brain digest.
Brain Science: Why Your Brain Makes New Year’s Resolutions So Difficult to Stick To and Ways to Work Around It
Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Less than 10% of Americans usually stick to their resolutions. Learn why and how you can rewire your brain for success. Discover the secret to keeping your resolution now!
Brain Research: Recent Study Shows Runners Have Stronger Brain Connections Which Helps Brain Function
Are you considering running as one of your 2017 resolutions? A study by researchers at the University of Arizona may convince you! They found that running helps brain function, especially those involving complex cognitive skills like planning, problem solving and multitasking. The scientists also believe that these benefits would also help cognitive function later in life. Read more about this interesting study then why not go for a quick run today!
Brain Psychology: The Way Complaining Sets Your Brain Up For Negativity
Did you know that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation? And, due to the wiring in your brain, the more you repeat a behaviour, the more easier it is to do? It’s the phenonmenon known as “neurons that fire together, wire together”. Complaining has negative effects on your brain and health. In fact, studies show that negative thoughts shrink the brain. Learn 4 easy methods to stop complaining and add it to your resolutions list!
Brain & Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Top Reasons Why EQ Is Increasingly Becoming A Top Job Skill
Emotional intelligence (EQ), by 2020 will be one of the top 10 job skills according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report. EI has increasingly become more important in the workplace. It is a key factor for job hires, promotions and salary increases. Learn more about the importance of EQ and try one of our EQ games today. We’re the only brain trainer that challenges both cognitive and emotional intelligence.
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A good night’s rest is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline. Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate zzz’s?
Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is when we dream. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.
Deep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we are in less of this phase and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.
There’s still debate on how much rest we need, but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more.
4 Tips for Better Sleep
* Reduce your caffeine intake
* Increase your physical activity
* Listen to calming music
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Memory is a crucial brain skill in both our personal and professional lives. Here are some good habits that will help you remember better!
Catch Some Zzz’s
Sleep is crucial to help your ability to remember. The majority of our memory consolidation happens while we are sleeping. During sleep, the hippocampus is very active and transfers information to the neocortex, in other words, from short-term to long-term memory. Sleep also aids neurogenesis, the development of new brain cells. So make sure you get enough zzz’s.
Jog Your Memory
As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Research indicates that regular cardiovascular exercise for 20 to 30 minutes, 3 times per week, can enhance recall by bolstering the connections between brain cells. Physical activity also boosts the secretion of neurotrophic factor, a protein vital for long-term memory. Whatever you do, don’t be a couch potato.
Get Your Om On
Research indicates that meditation helps recall. Meditation has been found to help improve standardized exam scores and working memory in as little as 2 weeks.This mindful exercise can help you focus which, in turn, might help you remember. Some people even swear it lowers their stress levels. So why not give it a try yourself.
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