I have more ways to keep my brain sharp over winter break. 1) I read books with topics that interest me ---discuss these with my partner and friends. 2) I Volunteer, join a club, make it a point to see friends more often, or reach out over the phone. 3) I exercise my body as I exercise my brain. 4) Eat healthy diet.
Winter break tips
1. Exercise. Physical exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise may also enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells.
2. Make time for friends and fun. Having healthy relationships with people close to you is ultimate memory booster. Relationships stimulate our brains---in fact, interacting with others may be the best kind of exercise.
3. Keep stress ion check. Stress is one of brain’s worst enemies. Overtime, if left unchecked, chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones.
4. Eat a brain-boosting diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, “healthy “ fats (such as olive oil, nuts, fish) and lean protein will provide lots of health benefits, it’s not just what you eat---it’s also what you don’t eat.
5. Give your brain a workout. By the time you’ve reached adulthood, your brain has developed millions of neural pathways that help you process information quickly, solve familiar problems, and execute familiar tasks with a minimum of mental effort. But if you always stick to these well-worn paths, you aren’t giving your brain the stimulation it needs to keep growing and developing. You have to shake things up from time to time! Try taking a new route home from work or the grocery store, visiting new places at the weekend, or reading different kinds of books.