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Top 3 Changes to Make for a Healthier Mind

Top 3 Changes to Make for a Healthier Mind @ sheerbalance.comThere’s no shortage of advice on how to look younger and live longer, but what about making the most of the time you have?

Along with your heart, your brain is the vital center of the person that is you. If you want to have a long, happy life, the key is doing things that keep your brain healthy as you age – that includes reducing stress and spending more time on things you enjoy.

Entire books have been written on the science of the human brain and how to maintain its functions. New studies are released regularly as we come to understand our mind on a complex and interconnected level.

You don’t need to wait for the latest research or for something to go wrong to make positive change for your mental well-being. These 3 tips can help you live a longer, happier life with a healthy mind.

#1: Enjoy Some (Healthy) Fats

Once thought to be the cause of major weight gain, fats aren’t the demon they once were. Eating healthy fats from natural sources can improve your mental health, focus, and memory, while also lowering your blood pressure and the risk of dementia. Focus on those that are monounsaturated, such as avocados, nuts and seeds, and those rich in omega-3s, such as fatty fish (e.g., salmon).

#2: Master Your Schedule

You already have a calendar, but are you making the most of it? Learning how to create an effective and easy-to-follow schedule can greatly increase your productivity, lower stress, and give you more time to do the things you enjoy with the people you love. Simple techniques, such as mono-tasking and taking frequent short breaks, can help you do more in less time.

#3: Never Stop Learning

Unlike required reading in high school, learning for fun is a vital element to keeping your mind young and sharp. When you learn something new, you create new pathways in your brain to share information. The more pathways you have, the more information can be shared – that means improved memory and literally slowing down the aging process.

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Adapted from 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal. Used with permission from Chronicle Books and author Brett Blumenthal.

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