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Are you looking for ways to keep your brain healthy as you age? A new report by the Global Council on Brain Health, The Brain Well-Being Connection: Mental Well-Being and Brain Health, discusses how a positive sense of well-being is related to better brain health among people ages 50 and older.
- Find things that make you laugh, such as humorous movies, books, or online videos. Laughter relieves stress, reduces tension and anxiety, and even lessens pain.
- Take deliberate breaks from social media, by avoiding smart phones during meals, for instance.
- Establish meaningful connections with people in your community, such as your neighbors.
- Become a regular volunteer. Volunteering helps provide a sense of purpose in life, which may ward off anxiety, depression, loneliness, and social isolation.
- Engage in regular exercise to benefit the body and mind. Connect to nature by walking, hiking or gardening, or take up a mindfulness activity such as yoga.