We all do it now and then; forgot what you were about to say, where you placed to car keys, or what you came to the store to buy.
While forgetting things seems to happen more often once you hit 40, it's not really a sign of memory loss. It really just means you probably have more on your mind and are losing track of some small details.
That being said, there are some specific things you can do to keep your mind sharp and you enter your golden years:
Whether you like to draw, paint, knit, or work with wood, being creative lets your brain work outside your daily routine. However you choose to do it, express yourself and let your mind release your inner talents.
Reading improves memory, gives you things to think about, and lets you escape for a little while. Whether you read a novel about mystery, history, or romance, give your mind an adventure to think about.
You don't have to start the next great American novel, but do try to write a bit each day. Writing lets you express your thoughts and ideas while keeping your penmanship sharp and your ideas flowing. Even writing your story can help keep you remember and can be a keepsake for your family.
Eat and sleep right
Good nutrition equals brain food, so make sure you eat a balanced diet to keep your brain cells healthy. The same goes for sleep. A good night's rest is required for your body to replenish itself, so don't scrimp on the snooze button. You should also feel free to take an afternoon nap if you feel tired as naps can refresh your brain.
Take a class about something that interests you, learn to use the computer, or ask a friend to teach you a skill. Learning keeps your brain healthy because it makes you think in new ways, so indulge your dreams by finding a new skill or talent.
Use your brain
Work on crossword puzzles, a number game, or a word game like Scrabble to give your brain a workout. Whether it's a video game, online skill game, or a game of cards, let your mind have fun while keeping it busy!
Exercise gives your brain the oxygen and blood it needs to stay healthy, so make sure you get a workout every day. You should set a goal of 30 minutes of daily activity to stay in optimum mental health.
Speaking of mental health, staying positive has a big effect on keeping your memory active. If you are losing interest in things you usually like to do, feeling depressed, or getting negative moods on a regular basis, you should talk to your doctor about possible underlying causes. A positive attitude will keep your mind healthy and alert.
No matter what you choose to do to keep your mind sharp as you age, make sure it's something you enjoy. Staying sharp shouldn't be a chore; it should be an enjoyable activity you look forward to each day!