Stress is not only harmful to your body but also your brain. Prolonged stress can affect an important part of your brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for generating new memories and recalling old ones. Go for a walk, take a breather, and keep yourself away from stressful situations.
Be a Teacher
They say that only when you can teach something do you really know it. Of course, not all of us have the time to teach in a formal school but how about friends and family? Learn, teach, learn, repeat.
Build a Healthy Relationship
Research has showed that a healthy meaningful relationship and strong support system are not only good for emotional health but for the health of your brain as well. Humans are naturally sociable and the saying ‘no man is an island’ holds true. Start socializing by volunteering for community services, joining a club, and by making it a point to see friends or call them over the phone once in awhile. Even pets would be a good idea.
Eat the Right Food
Your brain needs fuel like your body, so make sure to eat the right kind such as those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, choline and vitamin D. You can also splurge on foods rich in complex carbohydrates for mental energy. You can get your omega-3 in coldwater fish like salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, etc. and from walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans and pumpkin seeds. Limit your calories and saturated fat intake, but instead eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid red meat and other processed foods.
Exercise Your Brain
Aside from keeping your body fit, you will also need to engage in some brain fitness like playing chess, Sudoku, mahjong, or card games. Use it or lose it.