As a small business owner, keeping your brain sharp and healthy is crucial for success. To avoid mental stress and cloudy decision-making, here are 7 things you can do to help you achieve brain health.
1 Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep may impair thinking and reasoning ability, leading to decreased productivity, so aim for the magical 7-8 hours of sleep each night. (Smartwatches have apps to help you track your sleep quality.)
2 Exercise regularly
Regular physical activity has been linked to improved brain function and a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise into your daily routine. (Walk your way to mental and physical health!)
3 Eat a healthy diet
A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can provide the nutrients your brain needs to function at its best. (Quit the highly processed, sugary and fatty foods!)
4 Stay mentally stimulated
Engage in activities that challenge your brain, such as puzzles, reading, or learning a new skill. (If you’re addicted to the screen – watch how-to videos on YouTube and avoid the mindless time wasters.)
5 Manage stress
Chronic and long-term stress can have negative effects on mental health, so make sure to incorporate stress-management techniques into your routine, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. (The proverbial count to 10 does work!)
6 Maintain social connections and relationships
Social isolation has been linked to depression, as well as a decline in mental sharpness, so try to stay connected with friends and family, no matter how hard you are working.
7 Stay hydrated
Dehydration can impair cognitive function, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. (Remember, we’re mainly made of water!)
To keep it even simpler, “Three factors stand out if you want to keep your brain at its best,” says Sigmundsson, Professor of Psychology, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
These factors are physical exercise, being social and having strong interests.
What steps are you taking to keep your brain healthy and enhance your chances of success in business? Share in the comments below.