Anti aging guide

Importance of Revitalizing The Mind



Why is it important for the mind to be vitalized and active at any age

It is important to keep the mind active at any age. If the human brain does not get enough outside stimulation, it becomes so desperate for new information that it starts creating it itself. In experiments using sensory deprivation when most outside stimulation of the brain was cut off, volunteers started having hallucinations and weird brain patterns, indicating that their brains made up information and fed it to themselves.

Exploring Yourself to keep the mind vitalized

Contemplate the following questions and then spend a few minutes musing over the comments below. These questions apply to you in particular if you are 30 years old or over.

  1. How frequently do you watch the news on TV or listen to it on the radio?
  2. Do you believe that old age should stop people being extravagant?
  3. Do you get bored with ordinary routine?
  4. Do you usually find it easy to initiate conversation with others?
  5. Do you like hoarding things in case you may need them later on?
  6. Do you have to think creatively and use your brain during your day?
  7. How frequently do you read science, literature, philosophy or other similar books?
  8. In general, do you believe that people’s memory worsens beyond control as they grow old?
  9. Do you keep yourself informed of the latest developments in science, fashion, politics or world affairs?
  10. Do you feel out of your depth when having to handle a new video recorder, new computer, new mobile phone or similar?
  11. Are you able to take decisions easily?
  12. How much time do you put aside for your hobbies?
  13. Do you usually sleep well?
  14. Do you frequently feel like crying?
  15. Have any of your older close relatives ever suffered a stroke or significant memory loss?
  16. Were you educated to higher education or university standard or did you have a basic education?
  17. Do you have a pet?

Comments on revitalizing the mind

Keeping informed on the national and international situation implies that you have a healthy interest in the world around you, which keeps the brain nicely stimulated. Do make a point of watching the news and then discussing it with a partner or a friend. On the other hand, also take regular ‘media holidays’. For one day a week, avoid reading the papers or watching television to give your mind a rest from the constant news and advertisements

Many older people, including those over 85 years old, feel that life is full of intellectually stimulating events and worth living to the full. This attitude maintains a sharp mind and avoids boredom.

Social characteristics such as a worsening of conversation skills, and unnecessary hoarding may be the early signs of brain aging.

Research suggests that a brain which is stimulated and challenged regularly will perform well even in very old age.

Stimulating activities can be very simple, for example:

  • Think how to reposition the furniture in your sitting-room.
  • Write a letter to your local paper on an issue important to you.
  • Start a new part-time or evening course.
  • Finish reading this book and write a long letter to me with your comments.

Reading books shows that you have an interest in learning new things, which in itself keeps the brain active. It is never too late to start reading stimulating books regularly. From certain books you will also be able to get information about new anti-aging treatments which you may find useful in maintaining your health.

Don’t over-stimulate your brain, however. This can cause stress headaches and will dull the thinking process. If you are satisfied that you have had enough then it is time to stop for the day.

It is often difficult to handle technical equipment, and unfamiliarity always makes matters worse. However, you need to keep up with some technological advances which make life easier.

Taking a quick decision shows a sharp mind and a personality liking an element of risk. People who manage to carry these qualities with them into old age are fortunate. Those who don’t should exercise them. If, however, you have been a slow decision-maker all your life, it will be very difficult to change as you get older.

Leaving aside time for your hobbies is one of the most important steps to avoid excessive stress. It also indicates that you’ve got your priorities right, that you care about yourself and therefore you keep yourself well.

Depression may manifest itself as memory loss, difficulty in sleeping and loss of appetite. Mild to moderate depression can easily be treated but if you think you are depressed, you need to make sure that you see somebody for advice.

Physical exercise and low cholesterol diets improve blood flow to the brain. A family history of atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries) shows an increased risk of brain failure.

Research shows that low education is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s dementia. It is never too late to take up education in order to exercise the brain.

Having a pet is a good way to reduce mental stress.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm