How to Keep Your Brain Agile

You begin to lose your brain cells shortly after turning twenty something so keeping it in shape apart from your body would be most recommendable to anyone, especially once you realize that your lifespan is going to be over 80, the period where people are most susceptible to brain changes and Alzheimer’s disease. It has been suspected for some time and partly established that any cognitive impairment would begin much earlier, even as early as thirty or forty years before the onset of the full blown disabiliting disease. Unfortunately even those who would be most serious to embrace the need to start taking full care of their brains, they could be at much risk of developing that disease or similar others that have a serious bearing on one’s cardiovascular system and the others, the reasons varying from the elderly age to genetic factors at work or some contracted problems earlier in their life. Many would be induced by a long life stress, chronic fatigue and some unhealthy habits. Once acquired, habits are a tough burden to deal with, smoking especially. Interestingly enough, when it comes to unrefreshing sleep and all nighters spent on get togethers have lesser effect on someone’s brain, if their intelligence is quite high. However they are also more prone to some illnesses than the others, including schizophrenia. With most illnesses now controllable the odds of setting some new records is now more likely than ever. The leading causes of deaths would involve cancer, now unbeatable, and deaths in accidents or by suicide.

How to Find Satisfaction

Life satisfaction or its meaningfullness is something people are after, sometimes to the very end, with a giant percentage failing to grab it with both hands. Now most of us focus on work where the brain is put to use, and where we interact with other people (in most cases), thus increasing the time spent on exercising the brain, though it does not mean you are totally immune to any brain cell dystrophia later in life. What does it all mean? Worrying too much about what the future will bring has the negative effect on your mind’s clarity and focus and could spill over to other areas of life, effectively blinding you to any joys in life.

Nitpicking at what life has brought you is a wrong approach to adopt but for some it is a lifelong strategy to protect them somehow but is bound to backfire in the long term, causing you to lose heart (not literally, but close) and hope. A depressed brain shrinks even more as shown in scans and its neuroplasticity or the ability to grow new neurons is largely diminished by the overflow of the stress hormone, cortisol, to the blood system, which is a known cell killer.

If we realize what makes us tick in negative terms, then we would be more efficient at creating ways to break free of the reins that our emotions and the brain itself holds on us.

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