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7 Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp

Posted by Dr. Kris Wusterhausen on May 21, 2020

Our minds enable us to think, process information, and do all the activities we enjoy. Sure, we might overthink or get ourselves into trouble obsessing over something we shouldn’t, but in general, our minds are incredibly important to our wellbeing.

 

That’s why getting older can be scary, especially when it comes with a decrease in mental clarity and sharpness of thought. No one wants to lose their mental sharpness. If you know someone who developed Alzheimer’s or dementia and have seen the devastating effects of those diseases, it’s easy to understand that fear. 


Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mind sharp, to reduce the risk of dementia, and to prevent cognitive decline. Below, we’ll explore a few simple ways you can increase your mental clarity and sharpness as you age.

 

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Simple Techniques To Keep Your Mind Sharp

1. Meditate

Calming your mind with any method of meditation has huge benefits on your mind, body, and happiness. Meditation teaches you to better handle stress, which can help you live longer

 

It also enables you to remember more, to better adapt to change, to boost your creativity and problem-solving abilities. And these aren’t just superficial. Meditation actually increases the amount of grey matter in your brain. 

 

How can you get yourself to meditate regularly? By making it easier on yourself to build the habit. Set a reminder on your phone to go somewhere quiet at the same time every day. Sit in the same location and follow the same routine until it sticks. 

 

And don’t forget to start small and be kind to yourself. Even 5 minutes a day is beneficial to start and trains your brain to relax, de-stress, and maintain inner peace. 

2. Exercise

Physical activity benefits the brain as much as the body. It can lower depression and stress and increase happiness and aid in sleep, which all help keep you feeling young and vibrant. 

 

According to research, exercise helps you feel confident, sharpens your mind, and improves memory. Exercise also changes your brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills, enabling the growth of new blood vessels and helping your existing brain cells survive. 

 

Getting yourself to incorporate exercise might not seem easy, but it’s definitely not as hard as you might think. Especially right now, there are tons of exercise programs available online or in an app. You don’t have to go to the gym to get motivated or inspired, tons of people are online looking for the extra push just like you might be. 

 

And starting out doesn’t have to be too strenuous. Take a walk. Jog around the block. Just get yourself started moving for 30 minutes a few times a week. 

3. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep boosts your mental health. It’s the time when your brain gets to rest and process everything you experienced in a day. Sleep boosts your mood, helps you make better decisions, and allows you to focus on the task at hand.

 

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night to operate at their best. Anything less than seven hours is considered sleep deprivation and has huge consequences for your mental functioning. 

For example, lack of sleep is attributed to:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Early death

Getting enough sleep each night is important for your mental wellbeing. Doing so is a matter of making sleep a priority. It’s just as important as anything else on this list. Don’t overlook getting enough sleep in your daily routine. 

4. Follow A Healthy Diet

Watching your diet and limiting the number of unhealthy foods you take in each day will help keep you mentally sharp. Reduce the saturated and trans fats you consume, reduce your sugar intake, and increase the number of leafy greens and other healthy foods you eat

 

Long term drug and alcohol abuse, as well as smoking cigarettes, also takes a toll on your mental clarity. Limiting your alcohol consumption and quitting smoking can reduce the risk of dementia. 

 

As with any new habit, the way to incorporate a healthy diet and limit your alcohol intake is to make it easy on yourself. One study revealed simply removing sweets from your house—or even just sight—reduces your temptation and lowers your consumption

 

Knowing that, try not buying sugary foods or alcohol. Put those things out of view. Have fresh fruit sitting on your counter. Make choices for your future self that will make changing your habits easy and seamless. 

5. Cultivate Strong Social Connections

Humans are social creatures, but did you know social relationships actually affect your mental wellbeing? The quantity and quality of your relationships with friends and family affects how healthy you are mentally and physically and changes your behavior and mortality risk

 

Having strong relationships can also  help you lower stress and become motivated to exercise. They reduce loneliness, which might lower your blood pressure, increase your happiness and even help you live longer

 

While now might not seem like the best time to cultivate social relationships, being conscious of who you connect with and how you connect might be just what you need to stay mentally sharp. Find someone to challenge you to go on a walk or hold you accountable to eating healthier. Cheer each other on and connect further through that challenge. 

6. Continue Challenging Yourself

Whether you’re doing a crossword or solving a logic problem, using your brain and stretching yourself to think outside the box keeps you learning and making new mental connections. Education keeps your brain young and engaged

Try cultivating a new hobby, teaching yourself a new skill, or volunteering to take on a new project that involves a skill you can build and grow. That way, you’ll improve your memory and put yourself through some mental exercise.

Now’s the time to try out a new hobby. Do you have old newspapers lying around with empty crossword puzzles waiting for you to fill out? Can you download a new app that sends you a logic problem or teaches you a new vocabulary word every day? Just try to do something you’ve always been interested in and might now have the time for. 

7. Try Peptides

If everything on this list seems overwhelming and ineffective because you’ve tried it before and it hasn’t helped, that’s OK. Try taking peptides. They are naturally occurring and result in few, if any, side effects. 

 

Specifically, a CJC 1295 + Ipamorelin combination is designed to help:

 

  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Help you recover from workouts
  • Improve your mental clarity
  • Boost skin elasticity
  • Enhance body composition

 

CJC1295 + Ipamorelin increase Human Growth Hormone, which helps to:

 

  • Increase bone density
  • Strengthen the cardiovascular system
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve the ability to burn fat
  • Increase sex drive
  • Improve recovery and repair from injuries
  • Regenerate nerve tissues
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve cognition and memory

 

The combination of CJC 1295 + Ipamorelin can essentially help you do many of the things on this list to help boost your mental clarity even as you age. 

Age Gracefully With The Resurge Clinic

Aging is a natural part of life, but you don’t have to sacrifice your strength, mental clarity, or confidence because you’re getting older. 

 

At The Resurge Clinic, we believe life should get more enjoyable as you age, not less! It’s for this reason we offer all the peptides mentioned above, as well as personal trainers and custom wellness plans to help you live life to the fullest.


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Give us a call today for a free consultation to see if peptides or any of our other wellness services can help you reach your mental sharpness and clarity goals. 


At The Resurge Clinic, we offer a full selection of ZO Skin Health products, HydraFacials, peptides, injectables, and much more to help you feel your very best every day. We understand how frustrating skin problems can be, and we’re dedicated to helping you find the perfect treatments within your budget.

 

Schedule a free skincare analysis today, and let our team of experts help you regain your confidence and your youthful beauty.

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