We made it to the last week in May! I hope everyone has established a workout routine, has tried some new brain boosting recipes, and has taken up crossword puzzles. Today’s blog will complete our Improving Your Memory in May series. We thought we would close with Meditation and Relaxation.
Chronic stress has an adverse effect on the brain, overtime stress can destroy brain cells and is linked with memory loss. That means managing stress can be a great tool for preventing memory loss!
As someone who is slightly hyperactive, I never thought I could get into meditation or deep breathing exercises. I have found that it is something I look forward to everyday! Just a 2-minute meditation can help tremendously. Slow breathing has shown to have calming effects on the central nervous and cardiovascular systems. Belly breathing specifically may improve attention, mood, and levels of the stress hormone called cortisol.
I like to do a quick meditation before and after my work day. I enjoy using apps like Calm, The Mindfulness App, Relax Now, and Peloton.
If you still can’t get into meditation, there are a few other great ways to reduce stress.
- Listening to music
- Popping bubble wrap
- Listening to a podcast
- Reading a book
We hope you enjoyed our Improving Your Memory in May series! If you or someone you know is in pain, don’t forget we can help! Our Physical Therapists cover Houston and the entire surrounding areas. We come to you so you don’t have to live in pain!
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Daily Life (May 2020) 15 Stress Reducing Activities You Can Do at Home According to Experts Retrieved April 23, 2021 https://www.stress.org/15-stress-reducing-activities-you-can-do-at-home-according-to-experts