Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds. “It’s not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older,” said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “This report provides many helpful suggestions about the things we can do to improve the quality of our relationships with family and friends, which may be beneficial in maintaining our mental abilities,” Albert said in an AARP news release.
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Give your brain permission to unwind
- Wrap up your day — Take five minutes to capture any loose ends on your to-do list and calendars. This can help reassure your brain that it does not need to keep scanning to remember these tasks.
- Practice “going neutral” during the day — Set a reminder to cue yourself to pause. Find ways to renew your energy by taking deep breaths, stretching and moving.
- Create a “relax time ritual” that trains your mind and body to let go — Pick a routine that will help you unwind at the end of the day.
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