Healthy Habits for the Aging Brain

Healthy Habits for the Aging Brain


As we age, practicing healthy habits for brain health is important to maintain cognitive function and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. From staying active and eating foods for a healthy brain to managing stress and using tools to support your daily life, there are many effective strategies you can incorporate into your daily routine to support you now and in the future. Here are six practical tips to support the aging brain. 

1. Move Your Body 

Staying active isn't just good for your body, it's also beneficial for your brain. Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, which can help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Whether it's a brisk walk, swimming, or yoga, find activities that you enjoy and make them a regular part of your routine. The Time Timer is a great way to bring structure to your activity, giving you a set start and end time. For more challenging activities you want to complete, you might like to make it fun with a race against the Time Timer’s elapsing red disk!  

2. Engage Your Mind 

Just like your muscles, your brain benefits from a good challenge! Make time for activities that stimulate your mind and increase brain plasticity, such as puzzles, crosswords, or Sudoku. Learning new skills or hobbies can help keep your brain sharp and active. The key is to keep gently challenging yourself and stepping outside of your comfort zone. If your vision or hearing is not what it once was, Time Timer’s high contrast colored disk, larger timer sizes, and optional alarms make it easy to manage your time without hassle.  

3. Practice Proper Sleep Hygiene 

Quality sleep is essential for brain health and cognitive function. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and establish a relaxing bedtime routine to help signal to your body that it's time to wind down. Avoid electronic devices before bed, and you're having trouble sleeping, consider practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation. 

4. Eat Brain-Boosting Foods 

What you eat can have a significant impact on your brain health. Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats. Foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts, can help protect your brain from oxidative stress. Limit your intake of processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fats, which can have negative effects on cognitive function. 

5. Manage Your Stress 

Chronic stress takes a toll on brain health over time. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature. Practice mindfulness techniques to help stay grounded and present in the moment. Time Timer visual timers can be a helpful tool for managing stress by breaking tasks into manageable chunks of time. Set the timer for short intervals, and focus on one task at a time. Seeing the time ticking away can help reduce feelings of overwhelm and increase productivity. 

6. Embrace Supportive Routines  

Feel confident in your independence and autonomy with a clear routine for the day-to-day. You can write out your daily routine or to do list on the Time Timer Visual Scheduler or Dry Erase Board to help you remember and stay on track. For something portable, the Time Timer Watch is great for setting multiple reminders for your daily tasks so you never need to worry about forgetting something important.   


By introducing these habits into your daily routine, you can support your brain health and continue to enjoy a vibrant life as you grow older. 

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