by Lou Russell

April 01, 2021

USE IT OR LOSE IT

 

People who continue to learn, think, and use their brains throughout their lives are less likely to suffer the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other diseases that damage the brain.

 

Memory is important to us. You may have noticed when you are under stress, that your memory is either shut down or unreliable. Try to de-stress by simply taking a few deep breaths.

 

Here are some relaxation ideas that can help you keep your thoughts clear:

  • Sit quietly and notice your breathing 
  • Notice the thoughts that come up then gently return to your breathing
  • Some people use snippets of music and song while they walk
  • Alternate raising your left knee toward your right elbow then your right knee toward your left elbow. Movements that cross the center of your body bring the left and right brain together to create greater balance. 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Your brain uses 20% of your body’s energy, but it makes up only 2% of your body’s weight.
  • The brain has about 100 billion neurons. Thousands of neurons can fit on the head of a pin.
  • Your cerebral cortex (the layer that covers your brain) is full of convolutions, coils, and twists.
  • If you pulled it out of your head and spread it flat, it would be about as large as the Sunday comics. 


Another simple way to get centered and calm before you get ‘reptilian’. Just think about a stoplight:

RED LIGHT: Stop, calm down, think before you act


YELLOW LIGHT: State the problem, set a positive goal, think of many solutions, think of the real consequences.


GREEN LIGHT: Go ahead with the best plan, deal with the consequences of your behavior or their behavior - “Is there anything I can do it make it right?”

 

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