Tension at home and work wreaking havoc on your mental health? Here are seven ways to ensure that your brain remains energised, no matter how tough the going gets.
A change of scene
Occasionally, break the monotony of life by trying something different. You could do it by taking an alternative route to work, opting for a bus ride instead of the car, or asking your boss for tasks that are a little unlike the usual.
Ensure that you get enough shut-eye to help you through your waking hours. Sleep facilitates a process called memory consolidation, ensuring that you remember and process things better when you are awake.
Work that brain
While technology makes life easier, it also impacts your mental prowess. So, the next time you want to add up the items on your grocery bill, push the calculator aside and make your brain do the calculating. Also, try Sudoku.
Have more 'smart foods'. Studies on animals have found that blueberries are beneficial for the brain, while nuts are rich in vitamin E. Binge on oily fish, which contain omega-3 fats, and opt for olive and canola oil.
Ignore the nay-sayers, enough evidence has cropped up over the years to suggest that coffee protects the brain. Two to four cups of coffee a day may stave off cognitive decline and decrease the incidence of Alzheimer's.
There is a reason why sportspersons have a penchant for chewing gum. Studies have shown that chewing gum increases alertness, helps sustain attention and improves reaction time.