How can I keep my brain sharp?
- Why not try walking to work or consider getting off your bus or train one stop early?
- Simple social interaction may deliver greater benefits for your brain than solving crossword puzzles. So why not consider calling a friend or a relative for a chat?
- Why not memorise the words of a song, learn how to use a new piece of software or app, start a book from a genre you have never read before, or become a tourist in your own city?
- Learning to manage the stress that you experience can have a positive effect on your brain health. Paying attention to the present moment reduces stress and has the added bonus of improving memory.
- For example, Type 2 diabetes together with poor sugar control increases your risk of developing dementia. Why not consider giving your brain a treat by having a sugar-free day today?
Sabina Brennan is a Research Assistant Professor in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.
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