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 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 sometime 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. Challenge Your Brain
To assist you on your wellness journey, we’re excited to announce The End of Mental Illness 6-Week Live Class. Part of the weekly series is the 6-Week Brain Health Revolution Challenge, which is comprised of actionable daily challenges, weekly live classes, online group support, progress tracking, and accountability (with chances to win over $20,000 in prizes!).
We created this all-new Challenge based on the most advanced discoveries in brain health and the paradigm-shattering philosophies outlined in Dr. Daniel Amen’s new book, The End Of Mental Illness.
By combining simple brain-based exercises rooted in science, groundbreaking research, and 30+ years of clinical experience in the Amen Clinics, we’ve developed a free 6-week system to help:
- Boost your recall and overall cognition
- Amplify your focus
- Help you succeed in your health goals
- Enrich the quality of your life
- Put you on a path toward lasting wellness
This Challenge is designed to help support healthy brain function and promote physical and mental wellness. We recommend participating with a friend or accountability partner to help keep you on track. Your friends, family, and co-workers can sign up here.
If you want to start the New Year off right, support your brain health, take control of your mental wellness, and improve your life and the lives of your loved ones, this FREE 6-Week Brain Health Challenge is for you.
The 6-week Challenge kicks off on Tuesday, January 21st and runs through Monday, March 2nd.
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Keith is grateful to have the opportunity to write about supplements since many of them have made a dramatic difference in his life. He is often heard around the office saying, “We have supplements for that.”