Whilst there is plenty of emphasis on the importance of heart and cardiovascular health in the form of regular exercise and eating healthy, brain health and mind training can often fall by the road side.
Just how important is brain health in our everyday life?
How can we ensure that it stays a main theme in our health journey?
Take a look at our tips below for some simple brain training techniques, from learning something new each day through to meditation, a healthy sleep and even memory games.
Learn Something New
Our brains thrive off the routine of learning something new, storing the information it deems important as we head to bed each night.
Whether it’s reading a brand new piece of trivia daily, listening to a new song, reading up on a historical event or listening to a new podcast, being exposed to new topics and tasks can be great for brain training.
It might not sound like the most appealing of tasks, but ensuring that our minds are exposed to simple math daily can be great for brain health.
It’s simple really, if the temptation occurs to grab a calculator or ask a friend to help with a quick sum, simply sit back, concentrate and work out the sum in your head. Perfect training for your mind.
Write Instead of Type
We all love to type over writing, it’s quick, time efficient and looks neat.
Despite this, writing down information with pen and paper can be a much more effective way of learning new facts, as our brain is able to focus more clearly on the task, solidifying the information much more precisely.
Storying telling has long been used as effective treatment for dementia sufferers, allowing them to focus on the skill of retelling an event.
Telling simple stories to friends and family or reliving a moment with a work colleague can be perfect for training up those brain muscles.
Meditation can be a very effective tool when it comes to brain health and mind training.
Simple and accessible for all, meditation can be done with little to no equipment and can range from simple silence through to guided apps or public lessons and groups. Meditation allows our minds to focus on the present and can help to minimise stress, improve memory, enhance cognitive function and boost mood.