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7 Tips For A Better-With-Age Brain

7 Tips For A Better-With-Age Brain

By Phyllis Strupp  

Fine wine is designed to improve with age—and so is the human brain.

Over age 40, the rest of our body cannot get better with age, but our brain can, thanks to a magic trick called neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity (the ability to change and grow) is a healthy brain’s secret weapon for fighting stress and improving with age.

Some people use brain training activities to encourage neuroplasticity. But what good does it do us to train our brain for an hour and then work against it the rest of the day? Ultimately, our lifestyle must encourage neuroplasticity to help us—and our brains—get better with age.

Make sure your lifestyle includes these seven brain-building habits as a matter of routine:

Friendships

The best way to fight stress is to have caring friends with whom you celebrate triumphs and recover from setbacks. Be a friend to have a friend.

Learning

Lifelong learning is the best way to follow the advice to “use it or lose it.” Besides, it keeps you from being boring to your friends.

Movement (ABS)

Moving the body is the best way to follow the advice “move it or lose it.” Movement is not the same as exercise, but rather it is anything but sitting (ABS).

Relaxation

When the mind is calm, the brain’s vagus nerve sends the message throughout the body that it’s time to relax. Deep breathing is the best way to engage this relaxation response and fight stress-induced inflammation.

Self-expression

Sharing your thoughts and feelings through conversation and creative activities such as acting, art, dancing, playing a musical instrument, singing, or writing help the brain process toxic emotions.

Service

Responding to the needs expressed by other people promotes the healthy integration of brain activity related to your inner and outer worlds.

Story

Our brains are built to find meaning in life through stories. Expose your mind to story-telling cultural activities, including movies, music, novels, plays, and writing workshops. Make sure you don’t repeat the same stories over and over; find new stories from your experiences to share with others.

(This post is an excerpt from the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training by Phyllis Strupp)

150_phyllis-struppPhyllis T. Strupp, MBA is an award-winning author and brain coach, speaking to audiences around the U.S. on how brains and lives can get better with age. Her background includes a “Brain Research in Education” Certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle. Before establishing Brain Wealth, she had a 30-year business career, including an MBA in finance from Columbia University. You can reach Phyllis through her website and follow her on Twitter at @brainwealth

 

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