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How Socializing and Getting More Sleep Can Keep Your Brain Healthy

Posted by Frank Herold on March 30, 2017

Seniors SocializingAre you looking for ways to keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy? Just like physical health, brain health is important for quality of life. Some people don't realize that you do have control over the health of your brain. Just like you can choose to put healthy foods in your body, and get exercise to stay fit, you can make choices that promote a healthy brain.

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How Socializing Helps Your Brain

Socializing impacts your brain health in a number of ways. First, it staves off depression. Depression can have a significant impact on your cognitive performance. Often, when people are feeling forgetful and "spaced out" they are actually experiencing symptoms of depression.

Getting out and socializing is also a form of mental stimulation. Stimulation helps your brain continue to make connections and stay active.

Getting Enough Sleep

Adequate rest is attributed to healthy weight, lowered blood pressure and improved physical health overall. But it also helps improve your mental health and brain activity. Keeping blood pressure low and overall inflammation down is good for your brain. And good sleep helps prevent problems with memory, focus and attention. Also, when you get enough sleep, you are more likely to have the energy for exercise, which also has been shown to improve the health of your brain.

So, go ahead and sleep in, then go meet some friends for coffee. Take a walk each day, and find new ways to switch up your routine. And, don't forget to eat a diet rich in protein, healthy fats and leafy green vegetables. These are all actions you can take each day to invest in your brain health.

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