Stay Mentally Sharp With These Simple Healthy Habits
By Stepy Kamei
You know how important it is to maintain your physical health and wellness, but do you put the same amount of effort and attention into keeping your mind sharp and at a healthy level? There are many easy things you can do on a daily basis in order to keep your brain alert and on top of its game, so to speak, which generally translates to better health overall. Simply incorporate some of these healthy habits into your everyday life, and you should begin to notice benefits such as an increased mood, better memory and focus, and sharper critical thinking skills.
You Snooze, You Lose
One of the biggest mistakes many of us can, and do, make in the morning is using the snooze button on our alarms to slowly wake up. It may seem like this can help us gently ease into the day, but in reality it actually only serves to disrupt our sleep patterns and leave us more tired and groggy than had we awoken right away. Try your best to move away from using the snooze on your alarm -- in time, you'll more than likely find it easier to wake up on time!
Keep Your Mind Focused at Work
Today's world is so hectic and chaotic that it's easy to have your attention turned in multiple directions, which can often lead to multitasking. Once again, multitasking is another habit which seems to be helpful but actually ends up slowing our brains down from the stress and pressure. Plan out your time so that you're focusing on one task at a time. This way you can devote all your energy to getting one thing done correctly.
Another common unhealthy issue many of us face is staying sedentary for large portions of the day. The brain thrives on movement because it encourages blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain. Find reasons to walk as often as you can, especially during your lunch break. You can also make sure to stand up and stretch every hour at your desk to keep up good circulation within the body.
Hydration is Crucial
Staying hydrated with water (not just tea, coffee, or juice) is one of the best things you can do to improve your concentration and focus. Keep a water bottle at your desk, in your car, in your purse -- wherever you spend a significant amount of time -- in order to get the hydration your body craves.
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