Follow these to-dos and don’ts to keep your brain working its hardest both now and later on:
- Don’t multitask: Multitasking does not mean doing two things at the same time, it means alternating back and forth between two tasks. Minimize distractions and try to focus on one task at a time-it can save you time in the long run.
- Do exercise: Exercise can increase energy and blood flow to the brain and can allow you to return to your desk feeling refreshed. Exercise, both cardio and strength training, can also keep your brain healthy in the long run.
- Don’t skimp on sleep: When you’re well rested, you can concentrate and focus better than when you’re lacking sleep. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t do that, strategic 10 or 20 minute naps can improve overall focus.
- Do get omega-3s: Good fats found in fish and nuts can keep brain cells healthy and functioning at their peak.
- Do take your vitamins: Insufficiencies in B vitamins, vitamin D, and folic acid can worsen brain function in the short term, so eat a well-balanced diet or take a multivitamin.
- Do stay social: Social interactions can stimulate the mind, heighten brain activity, and present new problems for the brain to solve. Real-life problem solving improves memory and helps cognitive functioning.
- Don’t stress out: Taking on too much can backfire and stress hormones like cortisol can damage and destroy brain cells. Relax and stay positive.
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