Tips for brain health

  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth of the University of Texas at Dallas, offers these tips for keeping your brain sharp:

• Quiet your mind. Your brain solves complex problems when you step away to reflect on ideas rather than pushing nonstop. Schedule periods of mental downtime.

• When writing your to-do list, focus on the two items that are the most pivotal to your success, will have the most impact and will require the most attention and strategic thinking.

• Transform your thinking and leadership skills. Stretch and challenge your mind to construct deeper-level, abstracted ideas. Continually interpret incoming information as often as possible. For example, practice devising a newspaper-like headline to capture the essence of what you experienced during a meeting or social gathering.

• Expand your passion. Your brain is energized when motivational juices are flowing.

• Get a good night’s sleep, seven to eight hours. Your brain connects knowledge and experiences in new ways when at rest. Even a quick nap invites mind renewal and innovation.

• Don’t check your e-mail before bedtime! Give your brain a break.

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