Every senior knows just how important their brain health is. However, less know about the strong links between psychology and physiology. The science of neurology, which studies the brain’s physical properties, often overlaps in interesting ways with psychology, which studies the brain’s mental properties. Knew studies show, however, that the correlation goes both ways: good mental health is good for your neurons in the same way that neural health is good for your mind.
Mental Well-Being and Brain Health
While we’ve long known that the brain’s physical well-being, such as overall neural health and proper intake of Omega-3 fatty acids, is important for your mental health, the research suggesting good mental health is good for your brain’s physical well-being is new. This research suggests that those with a positive outlook on life have better cognition, faster decision-making and higher overall quality of recall.
What This Means
Specifically, this research found that people who felt as though they had purpose in life were more likely to have higher overall mental health. This doesn’t mean that good mental acuity is a replacement for taking care of your brain’s health via vitamins and minerals, though. It does, however, mean that you need to take care of your mental state as much as your brain’s well-being.
How to Cultivate Good Mind States
This is all well and good, but how does one apply it to their life? The best way to cultivate a good mental state is through giving yourself goals and a purpose. By pursuing goals and constantly working toward an escalating purpose, you’ll find yourself staying sharp and engaged with your day-to-day activities.
While you do this, you’ll likely find symptoms of dementia and other such issues much less impactful in your daily life. While you’re at it, other mental wellness activities like meditation and tai chi can also help stave off mental negativity, helping with focus and recall.