Have you heard people, or even yourself referring to a momentary loss of memory as a ‘Senior Moment.’ There isn’t any such thing. It’s a display of memory decay. Researchers have found developing brain fog in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s is a sign of trouble.
The good news is that it’s not irreversible. By adopting new habits, you can maintain your brain power. Ever wondered why some people have excellent memories until the day they die while others lose theirs long before they physically die.
Here are three strategies to put the brakes on aging today:
1. Become a lifelong learner
Take stock of the skills you have. Are they best suited for today’s job?
The difference between a lifelong learner and reader is the action taken from the information received. Look at new ways to do tasks. This may not be sufficient in the longer term; it is a great momentum starter.
Just because you’ve always been [this way] doesn’t mean you need to continue. For example, in the past three-four years, I’ve developed a lack of confidence. I could have put that down to life and settled. Instead, I have worked on building up my confidence. Lacing in confidence shows up where you least expect it. For me, it’s the gym. Stretching further is a real show point.
Start a new practice. It can be gratitude, meditation, exercise. To some extent, it doesn’t matter what you do, just do it wholeheartedly and fully in the present. Any thoughts about yesterday, tomorrow or later today are irrevelant as you are doing a new practice. Stick at it. A new habit takes around 300 repetitions to stick. Even then, we can still relapse or relapse with a twist.
2. Avoid repetitive activities
Our brains are magnificent. It’s role is to make life as efficient as possible. Even when we are doing complex routines like teaching or fixing complex equipment, our brain can complete these using less and less energy. This is the same as doing more and more difficult crossword. Sudoku and other puzzles. Our brain loves novelty as it starts firing up new pathways, making new connections. Give your brain what it craves. It’s good for you 😄
3. Dedicate 15 minutes a day
Research shows that with just 15 minutes a day, you can change your life; change your brain health. Choose something to do that helps you in your life, is enjoyable and possibly builds on the previous two strategies. Everyone has time to do something new. If you watch TV at all, there’s time.
If you don’t have time to do these, then you are saying you don’t want to live.