Healthy habits for healthy brain

When people talk health, they are likely to bring into the conversation aspects about dieting, nutrition, exercise, zumba, illnesses, organs, even stories. How come no one ever drops the name, brain?


Perhaps, people aren’t exactly familiar with the health of the brain or brain health. Among the body’s multiple organs, brain seems to be least discussed if not for health issues on aging, Alzheimer’s disease, or making geniuses.

At such rate, let another website add vital brain-info on your usual web-read list: the Psychology Today. The site acknowledges the necessity to stir awareness over brain health; in fact, it has a dedicated section called, “Make Your Brain Smarter,” set for providing interesting facts about our gray matter.

Need a Brain-fix? Choose good habits

In an article, entitled “Five Facts About Brain Health,” Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, came to showcase the possibility of keeping one’s brain at its tiptop shape. She recommends the use or performance of the following activities:

  • Synthesizing big ideas from information no matter the source—lectures, readings, emails, conversations, movies, etc.

  • Absorbing new information needed to update and make financial decisions

  • Reasoning through different choices based on incoming data and individual beliefs

  • Consciously blocking out extraneous information to focus on the task at hand

  • Engaging in novel and challenging mental tasks at every stage of life

  • Approaching ambiguous situations with openness to changing ideas or directions

  • Being an agent of change, not a criticizer

Wow! That is actually a whole lot of mental activity. Fortunately, these chores aren’t exactly new to every thinking mammal out there.

Everyone had been performing a majority of these suggested chores – not in a linear way, but sometimes, as a combination. Of course, now that you know that this will do well for the health of the brain, you will have to be a bit more conscious.

Take for instance, the first activity: it had something to do with the post-activities or the chores one do after participating in lectures, reading a material, writing emails, conversing with a friend or colleague, as well as, watching films.

All of these activities incite in people reflections. This particular ‘mulling over’ is the usual response to activities that leave impression, or stir some thoughts within. Taking Dr. Sandra’s suggestion in context, people who fall into this inward-thinking session should actively engage on it (reflecting), rather than dismiss it.

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