Brain food: exercise, input and well-being
Long hours spent scrolling through our social media feeds looking at what others are up to and watching a lot of rubbish on our streaming platforms or on YouTube (so addictive), topped off by a night of drinking tequila shots with minimal conversation over loud music, is turning our brain into a fat coach potato. There is no challenge, no learning, no switching on neurons, just lots of things to numb the brain and sedate it.
The brain needs physical activity. Exercise in all its forms, be it serious sports or just plain walking, cycling or swimming, stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps existing ones survive better. Other key brain ‘foods’ are reading – really anything -, having a meaningful conversation, having a laugh and seeking out the creative in yourself and in others. Culture, both art, drama and music are another key brain food as listening to music, looking at paintings and/or watching a play are all ‘brain-on’ activities, making (new) connections between neurons and creating an incredible sense of wellbeing.
The long and short of it is that feeding our brain properly is hugely important. Better food, more exercise, reading, more culture and less time spent on social media, will set up the brain nicely and improve cognitive function. That feeling of being sharp and awake (and less anxious) is, after all, the best feeling ever. And your friends who are at the top of the class will undoubtedly do all or some of the above. Just saying….
References and links:
“Hooked. How we became addicted to processed food”. By Michael Moss. Published 2022.
“How to Build a healthy Brain”. By Kimberly Wilson. Published 2020.