Almost everyone has an idea that our brains are involved in almost everything we do, be it our thoughts, our actions, and our behavior. It all reflects our brain activity in one way or the other. Your brain has amazing abilities to ensure productivity in your daily life. Having said that, do you think you know everything there is about this important part of your body to know? If you do, do you know how it needs to be taken care of to ensure health? Well, here are a few ways to take care of your brain:
Did you know that mental health is not only limited to mental exercises but also physical exercise? Yes, a lot of people underestimate the power of physical exercise and take it as a way of maintaining weight and the physical body. Exercises such as Aerobic exercise increases BDNF, which stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Exercise starts from every little step you take towards exertion of your body. If you have never considered exercising before and its taking a lot of effort for you to do so, start by warming up a little. Give yourself a break from all sorts of technology and keep yourself away from screens and give your mind a break too. Once you make walking a part of your routine, slowly move towards weight lifting as well. Remember, it is best to first consult a general physician so they can guide you according to your body type.
Don’t take too much stress:
Too much stress can be harmful to your mind and body. When the mind is distracted by stress all the time, it behaves rather differently. People have different ways of reacting to stress. Some start stress eating, some may feel demotivated very fast. It all starts from your brain. So avoid taking too much stress over something because recent studies have shown that when corticosteroid (the stress hormone) is increased, neurogenesis (brain growth) is decreased.
Role of Nutrition in grooming your Brain:
Since the brain needs a lot of energy to function, it extracts about 50% of oxygen and 10% of glucose from arterial blood. Nutrition plays an important role in keeping it healthy and if not taken with care, it can be dangerous to the brain. For example, now days, caffeine intake is very common among people of all ages in the form of tea and coffee. Caffeine does play a part in increasing alertness however, sustainability is the issue. There have been no studies showing the long-term benefit to the brain with use of caffeine.
Socializing is one of the most important parts of life. It is a basic human need. Socializing decreases ones risks of falling into depression which later can affect the body and mind both. Isolating yourself can results in decline of cognitive function while larger social network sizes are associated with better cognitive function.
It’s never too late to start caring about your mental and physical health. Give it a try and you will not regret a single action done is benefit of your mental health.
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Originally posted 2016-03-28 16:34:45.