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What does “self-care” mean to you? If you enjoy bubble baths and pedicures, keep ’em up! But be sure you’re taking care of yourself on a deeper level, too, with habits that may help support your brain health. Bonus: These three action steps can help you feel good on a daily basis.
- Elevate your friendships. Chronic loneliness can up your risk for dementia and many other health problems, according to a 2023 report from the U.S. surgeon general. Call a loved one to catch up and make plans with friends on the regular. New connections are a good thing: Women with larger social networks have a lower risk of dementia.
- Do bedtime better. Sleep is crucial for brain health, says Lisa Mosconi, M.D., director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. “[I]t’s the only chance that the brain has to really take care of itself.” Research suggests that during sleep, the brain flushes out toxins. Mosconi advises turning off all electronic devices at least 45 minutes to an hour before bedtime and training yourself to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Move your body. Aerobic exercise benefits heart and brain health — and any kind will do. So take a walk or jog, hop on your bike or enroll in a dance class that gets your blood pumping. Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity.
Learn more ways to support women’s brain health in this article on Staying Sharp.
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