Alternative MethodsConventional Methods


March 29

Three Keys to Mental Youth: How to Keep Your Brain Active and Young

Felipe Thomas
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 2 min.

Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business–and life in general–depends on being “on top of it” to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. Doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles isn’t going to hurt. But as heard in Is Age Nothing But a Mindset? with Kerri Miller, a neuroscientist and social psychologist both agree there’s a better, broader approach.

How the brains of “superagers” differ from those with mental decline

According to Alexandra Touroutoglou, instructor of neurology at Harvard, researchers studied brain scans of so-called “superagers,” who perform as well on word memory tests in their 60s and 70s as individuals in their 20s. The scans revealed that the areas of the brain related to motivation and emotion are thicker in superagers, meaning that there likely is a connection between the motivation we get from emotional experiences and the brain’s ability to compensate for the atrophy that naturally occurs.

Accepting that emotion-based motivation supports continued learning and, therefore, maintains a young brain, the obvious next question then becomes, “Okay, well, then, what can I do to experience in an emotional way and increase the motivation I have to keep finding out more?”

Key to mental youth #1: Mindfulness and active noticing

Ellen Langer, social psychologist at Harvard and founder of the Langer Mindfulness Institute, thinks one key is being mindful. She asserts that this is crucial given how the absolutes taught in schools cause people to believe they “know” and that, therefore, there’s no reason to continue active noticing (engagement).

“By actively noticing,” Langer says, “you come to see that the things you thought you knew, you don’t know as well as you thought. And that keeps you ever curious. It makes the world exciting. So this active noticing leads to engagement. And what we’ve found over 40 years of research is , the more mindful people are, the longer they live, the healthier they are, the happier they are. It affects virtually everything.”

Key to mental youth #2: Talk kindly to yourself

Langer notes just some of what studies have discovered about the incredible power of thought over bodily processes, too. Blood sugar follows perceived time rather than actual time. Maids who were told their work was exercise later showed improvements in weight, blood pressure, BMI and other metrics, even though their workload didn’t change. And individuals in nursing homes who are given mindful choices have been shown to live longer than those who are not.

In other words, mindset matters for the mind. “People assume when they get older they’re going to start forgetting,” Langer says. “Young people also forget. when a young person forgets, they just go on with whatever they’re doing. They don’t stop and say, ‘Oh, my goodness! Am I becoming demented?’…If you start thinking your memory is going, then you’re talking to yourself, confuting against yourself, rather than learning whatever the situation demands.”

Key to mental youth #3: Accept individualized challenge

Scientists know the brain needs some challenge to stay “fit”. But according to Langer, judging yourself through challenges doesn’t do you any favors, and there’s not really any magic formula to what’s challenging and what’s not.

“The reason that people that people , I think that it should be personally challenging.”

Nature says the brain won’t stay absolutely perfect as you get older. But by simply being mindful, taking a positive attitude and breaking out of what’s easy with what personally challenges you, you’ll likely have experiences that are more emotionally rich. Those experiences will keep your flame of curiosity burning and keep your brain healthily engaged. Don’t judge yourself. Just be aware and keep trying. Your brain will thank you.

By Wanda Thibodeaux/Inc.

Comments

Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
or
Services
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
Sort
 

All categories

Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Ask a Question?

Supportive reflection of a current question that you would like clarity around. Using the SMART method to seek quidance in stepping onto your path of potential…

Beverly Lynn
Reiki
$150 USD
Reiki Services (distant healing session)

In this hour long distant healing session I will use long distance Reiki, crystals and essential oils to balance your Chakras. Balancing your Chakras allows en…

Erin Kirby
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Intuitive Tarot Reading

Affordable Tarot reading to offer guidance on any given concern.

Elphie Shoppe
Telepsychology
$10 USD
Talk Therapy Sessions

Hello there: These times are dread. Do you need to talk with a safe professional about a troubling personal challenge? I am a professional listener and will li…

Eulalee Thompson
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Tarot Reading

I offer tarot readings with a 100% accuracy rate. The tarot is meant to give you advice, to point you in the right direction or to provide you with clarity. Bu…

Zara Kalil
Angel Healing
$10 USD
Mental Health Advice & Tips

I can help you with past issues and give advice and tips on how to better your life. I can see through my third eye and receive messageson what you need to do …

Beings Of Light
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Discovery call

Are you interested in supporting your health with safe and effective holistic medicine? Not sure if you should switch diets, work with a health coach or explor…

Suzana Da Costa
Wellness Coaching
$50 USD
Mental Health and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching

Hi there! I’m Doug and I offer 1 on 1 Holistic Lifestyle and Mental Health Coaching sessions. Navtigating life with mental health issues of any sevarity is a h…

Doug Peterson
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Mental Health and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Consultation

Hi there! I’m Doug and I offer 1 on 1 Holistic Lifestyle and Mental Health Coaching sessions. Navtigating life with mental health issues of any sevarity is a h…

Doug Peterson
Career Coaching
$195 USD
Holistic Lifestyle & Nutrition Coaching

ARE YOU TIRED? STRESSED OUT? STRUGGLING WITH YOUR WEIGHT? UNDER SLEPT? LOST YOUR ZEST FOR LIFE?

If this sounds like you, then you don’t need a new diet… you n…

David Giddings
Bach flower therapy
$120 USD
Bach Flower Essence Consultation

Exploration of where you’re feeling stuck or limited in life and recommendations of Bach Flower Essences to help loosen and dissolve old patterns.

Suzana Da Costa
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
$100 USD
Subliminal therapy

In this service we will use Subliminal therapy and Sound healing as alternative to tradition cognitive behavioral therapy.

We are born with our thoughts. Do n…

Ahmed Amin Youssef
Psychic Reading
$10 USD
I will do oracle and tarot card readings

I will do oracle & tarot card reading in any area of your life. You will get answer from the Angelic, Elemental, Faerie or Galactic realms. I will share wi…

Wisdom Realms
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
Intro 2 Alignment Healing Chant

Namaste.

That is my greeting to the spirit within you. Join me for a welcome introduction session to celebrate my arrival at Core Spirit!

For 15 minutes I wi…

Ti3rc3 Fire
Mediumism
$55 USD
Psychic Medium Readings

READINGS Currently, all readings will be offered virtually. Appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9am-1pm (UK Time Zone). When we…

Jan Morgan
Oracle Cards Reading
$25 USD
Psychic Reading 15 Minutes

Well-versed in the main 5 clairs, I will Intuitively answer your questions for 15 minutes.

Jyll Hoyrup
Emotional Stress Release
$150 USD
Creatrix® Breakthrough

This is a revolutionary process, SPECIALLY designed for women. You will be able to clear your most depeest BLOCKS and limiting beliefs. 

This is the only too…

Tamar Viva
Distance Healing
$10 USD
Energy Healing (Distant)

Distant Energy healing promotes relaxation, reduces tension and stress and will support an overal sense of well being after a treatment. It is an effective ad…

Beverly Lynn
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
Transform Your Relationship With Your Money

In this session, you will learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. Together we will use that technique, sometimes called simply tapping, to sor…

Nancy Allen
Personal Development Coaching
$10 USD
Anxiety and Depression - Coaching Consultation and Assessment Call

Are you looking to begin making a change in your life and become the best version of yourself by breaking free from the emotional barriers that has been blocki…

Amritha Kailas
Mind Control
$72 USD
Women's Emotional Wellness and Transformation Coaching

Are you dealing with confusion, low esteem, anxiety, depression, overthinking , relationship issues and trying to find focus, confidence, purpose, peace and b…

Amritha Kailas
Past Life Regression
$10 USD
Soul Readings

Your Soul is an accumulated repository of existential experience.

Access your creativity, things you learned from past lives.

Healing, you learned how to mak…

Core of Your Spirit
Emotional Freedom Technique
$105 USD
EFT tapping - Heal your past and uncover your authentic self

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is also know as EFT tapping. It is a mind-body approach which helps us to improve our physical, emotional and mental well-be…

Sina Weber
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Single Card Pull

I will pull one single card for you to answer any question or concern. Typically, these types of quick readings are good for yes or no questions or simple answ…

Megan Zavar