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Easy Habits to Boost Your Cognitive Skills

By Stepy Kamei

When you have a busy day ahead of you, you need to make sure your brain is in tip-top shape and working at its fullest possible capacity. Staying alert, focused, and concentrated on the tasks of the day is crucial, yet it can be a real challenge using that kind of energy. When it comes down to it, it's easy to slip into the negative habits which can actually make it harder to keep your cognitive skills going strong. That's why you need to make sure you're engaging in healthy habits and a manageable daily routine every day. Keep on reading to learn more about some helpful and easy ways you can keep your cognitive skills functioning in tip-top shape on a daily basis.

Keep Your Mind Active

Numerous studies have shown, time and time again, that young and middle-aged adults who tend to spend at least five minutes per day on brain training activities usually experience improvements to their concentration skills, while also enjoying a much lower risk of developing conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

The idea of "brain training" sounds intense, but it can be done playing a variety of everyday games. Puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, chess, and word searches are simple ways to keep your cognitive skills in good shape while having a little fun as well!

Your Body Should Be Active Too

An active body is equally important as an engaged mind. Keep your blood circulating regularly by going for a run a few mornings a week, or starting up a reliable exercise routine at your local gym.

Interestingly, some studies have shown that even playing video games can have a noticeable impact on your cognitive skills. Combining this type of critical thinking with physical movement outdoors can be a great way to spend a few hours a week!

Sleep Well

In case you needed one more reason to take your sleeping habits seriously, keep in mind that sleeping well can vastly improve your cognitive thinking, including your short-term memory as well as your sense of focus.

The average adult needs between seven to nine hours of sleep every single night. It helps many people to start up a bedtime routine in the last hour or so before going to sleep, in order to help the body know when to start feeling sleepy. You may have a routine where you spray aromatherapy mist, take a bath, or start reading in bed. It's important to keep electronics and other sources of light outside of the bedroom, as these can be stimulating and may trick your body into thinking it needs to stay awake.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Edmond, Okla. 

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