Maintaining communication and interaction with important people in your life can have some great benefits, some of which are particularly useful in improving your overall brain health. Science shows that interpersonal activities can stimulate your brain and ward off cognitive decline. Here are some tips for keeping your mind sharp during and after a toxic relationship.
Get a Mental Workout Social interactions require a lot from your mind. You essentially get a mental workout when hanging out with friends and conversing. Such activities cause your brain to utilize various processes in order to follow conversations logically, make meaning of the words, hold information while forming a response and provide appropriate contributions. It’s no wonder socialization helps to keep you sharp.
Avoid Cognitive Decline I’ve touched on this in past posts because it’s so important. Staying socially active is thought to slow the onset of cognitive decline. This is crucial information to have when you’re trying to maintain your mental faculties as long as possible. We all want to enjoy life after abuse – we deserve to live it to the fullest. Socializing with others will not only enhance your quality of life, but it can also improve your chances of staying mentally fit. Research has concluded that those with larger social circles are less likely to develop dementia-related conditions.
Improve Mental Health Positive mental health is a key component of brain health. Interacting with others causes you to use brain function you otherwise wouldn’t when isolated on a regular basis. Doing so has been demonstrated to help delay the onset of cognitive decline. Mental health and mental acuity go hand in hand. Plus, it just makes sense that having a social support network can help to lessen the harmful effects of depression and anxiety, especially when things get rough.
Even if you’re not engaged with others every day, knowing there are folks you can call in a rough patch can provide peace of mind. Plus, getting social with others can be a quick and effective way to reduce stress and frustration.
There are lots of ways to get more social engagement in your life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a social butterfly or prefer to be a homebody, taking some extra effort to add conversations and interactions with people is an investment that can pay off by enhancing your mental faculties. You can start small by enjoying hobbies or talking on the phone with a friend. Any amount of socialization can help. Socializing is good and necessary for your brain health.
Going through narcissistic abuse recovery can lead to some major memory issues, thanks to complications from C-PTSD. But good news! If you’re a coffee drinker, you probably know that you feel more alert and ready to tackle the world after you’ve had at least one cup of joe in the morning. But you may not have known before now that coffee is also beneficial to your memory. Research has shown a connection between caffeine and improved memory. Let’s take a look at how this works and why you might want to keep drinking your daily java.
How It Works Caffeine is a stimulant. It also blocks adenosine, a chemical that suppresses the release of other chemicals known to stimulate the brain. When adenosine is released freely into the brain, you get a jolt of energy and alertness. Your mental performance is heightened, and it’s even possible that these effects can postpone the onset of cognitive decline with age.
How Much You Should Drink How much caffeine you take in matters, according to research. Studies show that doses of at least 200 mg of caffeine are necessary to reap the optimal memory boosting rewards of caffeine. However, drinking more than that doesn’t necessarily make a difference, as participants who took in 300 mg weren’t shown to improve significantly in memory tasks. Thus, there’s no need to overdo it. Drinking two small cups of coffee is plenty to achieve the desired effects. You do, however, want to consider when you have your coffee, as taking in caffeine more than an hour before completing tasks did not improve performance.
Long-Lasting Effects In fact, the study showed something even more interesting regarding caffeine intake and memory. It demonstrated that participants who consumed 200 mg of caffeine the day before were better able to accurately complete memory tasks a day later than the control group who consumed none. Memory consolidation is the ability to retain information after learning it, and this process tends to decline rapidly immediately following the receipt of knowledge.
Thus, the fact that caffeine was able to extend that consolidation process is quite significant.
Do be aware that caffeine carries some risks of side-effects. After all, it is a drug. If you’re not a regular coffee drinker, take care when introducing it into your routine. It’s possible to experience nervous energy, jitters or accelerated heartbeat. Those with heart conditions or women who are pregnant should talk to their doctor before adding caffeine to their diets. It’s also possible that caffeine can lead to dehydration.
As you can see, the potential of caffeine to keep you sharp and maintain your memory is there. You’ll want to be aware of how much you consume and when if you hope to maximize the benefits. So feel free to enjoy a couple cups of joe each morning.
If you think of your body as a computer of sorts, your brain acts as your operating system. It helps you to navigate and make sense of the world around you. The term “brain health” refers to how well your brain is able to perform such tasks as learning, concentrating, remembering, playing and managing your bodily functions.
During times of stress, including during toxic relationships – along with aging and other particularly stressful periods in your life, your brain will work at differing capacities. A number of factors influence your brain’s health or how well it functions and performs its necessary duties. In addition, there are habits and activities you can engage in that can improve your overall brain health.
Your memory is another component that makes up brain health and influences the ways in which you navigate the world. Your memory acts as the filing system of your brain, storing and organizing information learned for later retrieval. Everything you’ve ever learned is stored away in your memory.
Approximately 100 billion neurons come together to form your brain. Over time, the neurons form pathways and connections. These connections occur through synapses, which allow the neurons to communicate with each other. Memories are made as the pathways between neurons are strengthened. In order to keep your brain and memory functioning in tip-top shape, you need to exercise them and take good care of them regularly.
It’s true. Though the brain isn’t technically a muscle, it has to be taken care of in a manner similar to the ways you work out your muscles and care for the rest of your body.
Over the next 30 days, we will address these methods, along with other information pertinent to getting the most from your mind. It is my desire that, by the end of this month, you’ll feel enthusiastic about the potential your brain holds and will be eager to put your newfound knowledge to work for you.