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It’s really easy to become isolated from your friends and family members during and after narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships.

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.

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