When it comes to keeping your brain healthy, it’s not just about doing puzzles or brain teasers like crosswords and sudoku. While it may be fun to try the latest apps or pass the time with a puzzle, there are many healthy habits that are easy to add in your everyday routine that will keep your brain healthy.
In fact, studies show that most of the habits you do to keep your body healthy are good for your brain too and can help reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Here are a few examples of healthy habits that can help reduce your risk:
• Get enough sleep — that’s about seven to nine hours for healthy adults
• Challenge your brain — learn how to play a new musical instrument or study a new language
• Be physically active — 30 minutes a day is all it takes
• Connect with other people — organize a virtual coffee date
• Reduce or manage stress — try an online meditation class
• Eat a well-balanced diet — set a goal of one new healthy recipe each week
• Avoid smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
• Protect your head to avoid brain injuries — wear a helmet when cycling, skiing or skating
There are many simple ways you can help keep your brain healthy — practice a variety of them to keep your whole self in shape.