Middle-aged people have this tendency to lose 30 percent of their neurons, researchers once suggested.
Neurons are special types of cells located in the brain or spinal cord that play an important role in the brain's function of processing and communicating information.
But according to recent studies, a healthy person need not worry about losing his neurons because good health helps a person keep his neurons for his entire life. Here are some mind-boosting secrets that middle-aged people should observe in order to maintain their good mental health.
1. Stimulate your mind with new ideas and challenging people
Middle-aged men and women have built stores of neurons that remain dormant in a certain section of the brain until these are revived by the calling back of certain things and events. These neurons create networks that help a person pile up his memory. These networks also help a person solve familiar problems easier and faster than his younger peers who didn't experience a similar situation in the past. But the brain is more likely to lose the stimulation it needs to trigger the development of new networks when it uses the same "mental pathways" to process information.
The way to stimulate these neurons to build new networks is to surround yourself with challenging people and new ideas. You might as well try reading a book that challenges your political viewpoint, try to learn to play a new instrument, or learn a new language.
These will keep your mind busy as well as they exercise your memory.
The use of your imagination is one effective way to make you remember something you want to do is to imagine yourself actually doing it before it happens. According to a study of the University of Texas, the visualization of an upcoming activity is a way of sending information to more parts of the brain, which helps you to remember your planned task.
3. Always be attentive
Distractions are more likely to catch your attention when you reach the middle age. People at this stage tend to have more difficulty focusing on new information than younger ones. In order to avoid this, the best way is to be more attentive to specific tasks at hand to prevent distractions from stealing your memory.
4. Exercise Regularly
Your brain needs a consistent flow of blood and oxygen to function normally. This can be achieved through regular exercise. A study conducted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California show that the growth of new brain cells are triggered by physical activity. These new cells take the place of millions which die everyday, and they play a big role in keeping our memory and mental capacity intact.
5. Sleep well
Sleep is a necessity to give rest to your mind and body. Sleep deprivation, which causes physical and mental fatigue, has been known to cause memory loss, disorientation and loss of coordination of the mind and body.