Fun Ways to Train Your Brain By the LEMTRADA Team • March 19, 2018
Are you looking for ways to stay mentally sharp? Well, the good news is that whether you have relapsing MS or not, there are steps we can all take that may help.
We’ve put together a list of things you could try. They’re fun, a bit of a challenge, and probably a lot simpler than you think!
Test your wits
One study suggests that over time, playing certain online games may help improve cognitive function in those with MS. Who knew? A website called BrainHQ has a bunch of free games for you to check out.
Physical activity and aerobic exercises have been associated with better cognitive function. Which type of exercise is best? The answer is the one you’ll do safely. So find an exercise that you like and stick with it. Remember to always talk to your healthcare provider before starting new exercises. He or she can recommend activities that are best for you.
Pick up a new hobby
Every time you decide to learn something new, you challenge yourself. Maybe try learning a new language or playing a musical instrument. The more new activities you explore, the more your brain will be engaged, and who knows? You might discover some talents you didn’t know you had!
Keep your healthcare team in the loop
Certain medicines come with potential risks, so it’s important to tell your healthcare team about all the medicines you take, even if they’re over-the-counter or herbal medicines. That way, he or she can help you avoid side effects that may affect cognitive function.
Be mindful of your diet
Turns out a heart-healthy diet is also a brain-healthy diet. So try to incorporate foods like fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, skinless chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products into your diet if you can. Making a shopping list before food shopping can also help you stay on track.
Get some rest
If you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your body and your brain. Make time to get the right amount of sleep to keep your memory and thinking on track. Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is what experts consider a good night’s rest.
Surround yourself with positive people who support you. It’s also good to interact with people in a variety of ways, like volunteering. It’s a great way to be proactive, and that can help keep your brain health too!
And those aren’t all of the things you can do to stay sharp. Do some research on your own, and ask around, because there’s no end to the number of activities you can do to keep your brain engaged!
Are there any other activities you do to keep your brain healthy? Share them with others in the comment section below.
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