The importance of mental health and keeping your mind healthy are being recognised more today than, perhaps, any time in human history. Society is no longer viewing mental health conditions as something people should be able to just ‘shake off’ or deal with on their own… yet, there are a number of things you can do to take care of your own mental health which is what we’re going to look at in this article.
We’re also becoming more aware of brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia that essentially rob the person of who they are and make them regress to the point of being an infant that has to wear name labels in their clothes.
With such awareness, and perhaps even first hand experience of people suffering from conditions such as dementia, we’re all looking for ways to optimise our mental health.
Now, according to Harvard University, a number of studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of dementia with the six basic lifestyle habits:
- staying physically active
- getting enough sleep
- not smoking
- having good social connections
- limiting alcohol to one drink a day
- eating a balanced diet low in saturated and trans fats.
In addition to these basic lifestyle habits, you might want to consider the following suggestions that are proven to slow down cognitive decline and even avoid it all together.