10 Golden Rules To Live By For A Healthier Mind&Body!

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The more advances that happen in science, the longer humans' lives get; but how about our brain's life expectancy?

According to research conducted by World Economy Forum, dementia -losing most or all of the mental and cognitive capabilities at a young age- is more common than you think.

What can we do to keep our mind young and strong at all times? It is very well possible, if we reconsider our daily habits. Here are some of them:

1. Research shows that the best way of keeping your mind young and strong is physical activity.

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To put it simply: our heart rate increases when we exercise, which enables more and faster oxygen transfer to our brain. As a result, brain cells develop faster. The more brain cells we produce, the easier it will be for them to establish new connections and communicate with each other.

Eventually, our brain becomes more efficient and our cognitive process increases.

2. Failure and success have a great impact on emotional state and mental health.

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For instance, we feel more motivated during the rest of the day after having a productive morning. The higher our energy level is, the happier and braver we feel. However, the lower our energy level is, the more nervous and depressed we feel.

The frequency of success is more important than the size of it. Don't wait for a huge success to reward yourself!

3. The people who meditate regularly have way fewer problems with attention and concentration deficit problems.

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At the same time, the ability to switch to and from different cognitive tasks improves.

So, you don't have to sweat a lot to keep your mind in shape. A 20-minute meditation exercise is more than enough to boost things up there!

4. Just like other muscles in our body, brain muscles also fade away when not used.

In order to stop this from happening, you have to stimulate and exercise your brain regularly. It is important to focus on the areas that you use less. For example, learning a foreign language, to playing a new instrument or even learning how to juggle is enough to flex those brain muscles!

5. You can try to come up with new ideas every day to boost your perception skills.

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For instance, go to the cafe in your neighborhood. Ask the waiter for a piece of paper. After reading something inspirational for 10-20 minutes, start noting down your ideas. The point here is not to evaluate or throw away your ideas; but change the routine way of your brain activity. Putting together irrelevant things also helps develop your cognitive capacity.

6. From a scientific point of view, an introverted and pessimistic posture leads the brain to desperation by inviting depressive memories and thoughts.

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"Posture" is said to root back to our evolutionary roots, to our body language, which was developed to dominate the animal world.

In order to feel physically and mentally strong, check your stance every hour. Keep your shoulders back and use small tools by taking them closer to your face instead of having to lean towards them.

7. Let's see the results of research conducted to measure how the size of our electronic devices affect our behavior:

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It has been observed that people who use tablets or smart phones have bad posture and are less successful in defending themselves. These participants were much shier to ask if they could go home after the experiment was over.

The ones who use bigger devices such as laptops or desktops, however, showed a bigger tendency to sit up straight and exhibited more self esteem when leaving the experience.

Sitting up straight not only increases your energy level and improves your emotional state, but also increases self-esteem.

8. Feeding our brain with the right food is one of the easiest things we can be more careful about.

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Scientists now have much more information about the working principles of our brains compared to the former generations. For instance, now we know that our brains perform better when we eat antioxidants. Vegetables, grains, fish and fruits are very important to keep your brain in shape!

9. The blue beams that cell phones give out can mess with your sleep pattern and cause neurological diseases.

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Although it isn't that possible to keep ourselves away from screens, we can at least try to fall asleep without a screen next to us.

There is lots of semi-true information or just rumors about the harm cell phones can cause to our brains. Although there is a long way to go to find out about the effects of wireless devices, it is a well known fact that there is a relationship between the blue beams that the cell phones emit and sleeping patterns, and that these beams change and disturb sleeping pattern.

10. In order for our brains' clean-up mechanism to work properly, we need at least 6-8 hours of sleep.

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It has been observed that a harmful beta-amyloid toxin, which causes neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer, builds up in the brain cells of those who don't get enough sleep. Lack of sleep stops the brain from getting rid of this harmful material.

BONUS: 2015 World Alzheimer and Dementia Report

The map really makes you think.

Eventually, no matter if we are 20 or 60, the more of these daily habits we integrate in our lives, the better it is for the functionality of our brains.

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