An American neuroscientist has listed the five habits that everyone should avoid doing to protect their brain. In a video that went viral on the social network TikTok, 26-year-old Cody Isabel encouraged his followers to “prioritize” these five areas of their life “instead of ignoring them” and promised they would see a change in their mental health. , physical health and general lifestyle in less than 30 days.
The first topic on the list was rest. The neuroscientist patched up never “ruining” his sleep schedule, claiming that “less sleep equals less life.” He explained that sleep decreases inflammation in the brain caused by “daily life trauma”.
Research suggests that ongoing sleep deficits can significantly harm the brain. Studies prove that sleep deprivation can impair learning, impair cognitive performance, and slow reaction time.
Cody encouraged his followers to meditate by revealing that he would never skip a meditation session. “[Meditação] It’s an easy way to calm your mind, lessen anxiety, lessen depression and lessen inflammation in your brain,” he said in the video. The expert added that he meditates for 10 minutes a day and that it improves his overall quality of life.
A study by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) backed up Cody’s words, as it revealed that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged.
Participants who had been meditating for about 20 years had more gray matter volume, which contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies, while those who had not meditated throughout their lives had a gray matter volume that was not as pronounced.
The expert’s third tip was not to drink alcohol. “Alcohol directly inflames your brain and depresses you,” the neuroscientist stated in the video.
According to the American Addiction Centers, both short-term and long-term binge drinking can have negative effects on the brain. Heavy, prolonged alcohol can result in learning and memory problems and even lead to the development, or worsening, of mental health conditions.
“I would never be so busy that I couldn’t work out,” the neuroscientist said in the video, adding that physical activity releases BDNF, a neural protein that decreases brain fog and increases your ability to learn.
During exercise, the heart rate increases and blood flow to the brain increases as well. Exercise is also said to reduce mood and overall stress by releasing chemicals like dopamine and endorphins that make you feel happy.
It’s also been proven that people who exercise are happier, less stressed and anxious than those who don’t.
The last item listed by the neuroscientist was indecision. “Our brains are made to decide things, act on things and learn from failure,” he said at the end of his video. Cody considered the “act, evaluate, and adjust” tripod to be the learning path.
According to meditation platform Headspace, worry is at the root of the inability to make decisions. When someone is worried about the choices they need to make or the potential outcomes of those choices, they usually respond with evasion.
While it may seem easier to allow your mind to wander and avoid making decisions, it eventually catches up with you and causes you to enter a state of worry and loss of focus.
Making decisions firmly can help you focus better in the long run, and every time you make a decision, you teach your brain to focus better on one thing at a time. It also results in less brain fog, reduces stress, and lowers anxiety levels.
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