The New Year is here!
Even though we usually think of New Year’s resolutions in terms of improving diet and exercise, there’s a whole other dimension of wellness to consider. While most resolutions focus on improving the body, this year, why not consider how to take care of your brain?
Regardless of which resolutions you made, protecting your brain should be at the top of the list. Optimizing brain function and performance is essential for starting off the New Year right…and maintaining healthy habits throughout the year.
To increase the chances of achieving your New Year’s goals, here are some of the best ways to take care of your brain…
5 Ways to Boost Your Brain Health in the New Year
1. Stimulate Your Brain
A New Year means new opportunities and adventures. One of the best ways to expand your horizons is to continually engage in new learning.
Set aside some time every day to learn something new. Some examples are: learning a new language or musical instrument, trying a new kind of dance or other complex physical activity, or taking up a new hobby like chess or painting.
Brain researchers emphasize that the “use it or lose it” principle applies to the brain. When the brain stops learning it can start fading, so be intentional about learning new things.
2. Nourish Your Brain
If one of your healthy resolutions is to jumpstart your mental focus and energy, getting nutritional support is a must. A deficiency in vitamin D or magnesium, for example, may cause excessive fatigue. For starters, take a good multi-vitamin with vitamin D, all the B vitamins, and magnesium.
These are the foundational supplements to ensure your cells are getting the basic nutrients they need. Then you can add other supplements to boost mood, focus, or memory.
Properly fueling your brain and body with diet and supplements can optimize your mental performance, which can help you accomplish your goals. BrainMD even offers the opportunity to try three of our most popular products with our 7 day Free Trials.
3. Energize Your Brain
The most common resolutions involve diet and exercise. Aerobic exercise, sufficient to make you sweat for 30 minutes, increases blood flow to your brain as well as your muscles and other tissues. This helps deliver nutrients and remove waste products, and can even increase the growth factor BDNF which promotes improved brain function.
Since it’s recommended that adults get 30 to 45 minutes of exercise daily, maintaining a consistent fitness plan can be a challenge in today’s busy world. To help you reach your New Year’s goals, ramp up your workout routines by attending a group hike, bike class, or Pilates sessions 2-3 times a week for one month.
Anything, from ice skating to dance lessons to gravity training, can turn a dreaded workout into a fun activity that you’ll actually look forward to doing. Above all, find physical activities that you enjoy…exercise doesn’t have to be a chore.
4. Renew Your Brain
If you were one of the many people who sacrificed quality sleep to keep up with the increased demands of the stressful holiday season, now is the time to get back to a healthy sleep schedule.
Sleep helps repair and renew all the cells in the body. It gives the brain a chance to wash away toxins that build up during the day. A recent study found that just one night of sleep deprivation can raise blood levels of tau, a protein potentially harmful to the brain. To ensure you have the energy needed to fast-track your New Year’s fitness goals, it’s recommended that you get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
5. Know Your Brain
Did you know there are 16 different Brain Types? Which type are you? You can find out by taking the Brain Health Assessment (BHA).
Identifying your abilities, interests, and skills can help you become a more well-rounded person. And knowing your Brain Type can help you better understand who you are and why you do what you do.
These insights can potentially impact your future career and relationships in significant ways, by:
Reducing Stigma – Our society is inundated with judgments about how people should think, act, behave, and perform. Knowing your specific Brain Type can help reduce stigma by removing the labels others have placed on you.
Increasing Knowledge – Knowing your Brain Type can help identify your brain’s potential risk factors. The sooner you’re aware of specific challenges, the sooner you can begin to address them with natural treatments.
Setting Goals – Once you know your Brain Type, you’ll also receive a Brain Fit Score. Since even the healthiest brains can be improved with targeted treatments, you’ll receive a comprehensive wellness plan (including diet, exercise, and lifestyle interventions) that will help you set and achieve your goals.
Providing Nutritional Support – Cut through the confusing world of supplements to discover what you should be taking for optimal physical and mental wellness. Included with your Brain Fit Score is a recommended supplement regimen customized for your specific Brain Type.
Making It Fun – People take personality quizzes all the time, but those tests only provide a partial understanding of your brain. Learn more about how you’re wired and how you can use that knowledge to improve yourself in the future. Since habits, skills, and personality traits originate in the brain, learning your Brain Type can be the key to unlocking your potential.
With the BHA, you’ll get an accurate assessment of your brain, a doctor-recommended supplement plan, and a personalized roadmap for healing.
The BHA is absolutely FREE and only takes about 5 to 7 minutes to complete.
You can take the Brain Health Assessment here.
If you’re ready to start the New Year right, these 5 brain-boosting activities can help you establish healthy habits with far-reaching benefits. Here’s to a new brain and a new you!
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