Preserving your brain health is extremely important for healthy aging. Although this may seem simple in theory, the truth is that, in practice, developing healthy habits It’s a real challenge.
Neuroscience consultant and researcher Emily McDonald shared three practices she avoids to protect her brain health. Below you can check them all.
Don’t do this if you value your brain health
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1. Watch any type of content
McDonald highlights the importance of avoiding TV shows or films with negative content. Scary content can increase your cortisol levels, disrupting your sleep.
Furthermore, toxic programs reduce the time dedicated to healthier activities.
Research indicates that what we watch shapes our thinking and behavior. That’s why, opting for negative programs can result in bad thoughts and behaviors.
Prefer to watch content that lifts your spirits or makes you reflect in some way.
These are good options for preserving your brain health.
2. If possible, avoid sad music
McDonald advises carefully selecting the music you listen to, as this also influences your brain’s neuroplasticity.
Negative lyrics can lead to rumination, contributing to depression and anxiety. However, happy and upbeat music has the power to improve mood and self-esteem.
Paying attention to the lyrics is crucial. Make sure your playlist reflects the emotions you want to cultivate in your life.
Just like TV programs, choose carefully what you listen to!
3. Constant judgments of yourself
Judging yourself or others can lead to a negative mindset, says McDonald!
Therapist Laurie Leinwand highlights the connection between harsh judgment and comparison with othersemphasizing the importance of using our own goals as a reference.
Negative thinking not only impacts mental healthbut it can also have physical effects!
Focusing on personal development and positive connections with others is an effective way to cultivate a positive mindset!
Attention: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or have any other emotional problems, seek professional help.
Here are some resources that can help you:
Brazilian Psychiatric Association: https://www.abp.org.br/
Federal Council of Psychology: https://site.cfp.org.br/
Hot line: https://www.cvv.org.br/