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BY DR. ARNAN SISSON
FEB 16, 2018
Have you noticed you're not quite as sharp as you use to be? There is a large link between stress and memory issues. If you’ve gotten more forgetful over the years and want to not only fix that but have a healthy brain for the years to come, then check out these simple strategies you can use to day to improve your mental health.
The first is to include plenty of exercise. Exercise has been proven to impact your mental health by releasing certain chemicals in the body that improves cognitive function. Start with something as simple as an easy, short walk and progress that more and more each time.
Second, you want to do is drink lots of water. Not getting enough water not only can give you really bad headaches, but also affects your short-term memory and the ability to always think on your feet. I’d suggest trying to get at least one glass of water during and in-between each meal. If you’re having difficulty doing that, it’s best to incorporate things like teas, vegetables and fruits that are known to have a good bit of water included to help you improve your intake.
Thirdly, you can do is have a “brain workout.” Studies have shown that your risk of dementia goes down if you’re constantly reading, playing board games, playing instruments or anything where you’re actively using the brain to gain or improve your skills, which in turn, will improve your memory.
Lastly, it is very important to give your brain some sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, it directly affects your short-term memory and cognitive function. If you find that you just can’t get enough throughout the night, try squeezing a 20-minute nap in during the day. Trust me, your brain will thank you for it in the long run.
That’s it for today, everyone! Stay sharp, and remember, movement is medicine!
P.S. If you're loaded with stress from a hectic family and work life, then check out the link below. Inside the link is a quick and easy form to set up your free massage phone consultation. In the consultation, we can determine which massage program would give you the greatest relief.