Being an adult means that you have a predictable, albeit sometimes chaotic, daily life of work, school, dinner, practices and bedtime. By now, you probably have a really good system in place to ensure all of your people are where they need to be and when!

At the end of the day when the kids are finally asleep, it can be really hard to find the motivation to get off the couch and take care of your own needs. However, it is important to make yourself a priority!

Taking care of your body and mind is crucial for a healthy life, so our AFC Urgent Care NC team explains a few easy ways to do this below.

What Does Exercise Do for My Brain?

A regular exercise routine is vital for maintaining a healthy weight and for making sure your body is healthy enough to support your daily life. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, it is really good for your brain as well!

Exercise helps boost your mood through endorphins and can facilitate a more positive self-image. It also helps bring fresh oxygen all throughout your body and into your brain, which can help you focus and concentrate. All of this works together to support a stronger memory and ability to recall information in your day-to-day life.

Additional Effects of Exercise

  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Decreases stress
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Improves sleep, which can keep you focused during the day

How Else Can I Challenge My Brain?

In addition to a healthy lifestyle, you should also challenge your brain every day in some way. This looks different for everyone, but you should find activities that bring you joy while also forcing yourself to think differently. Crossword puzzles, word finds, board games and books can all do this!

Any time your brain is thinking differently or solving problems, you are building neural connections in your brain. Over time, these connections can help support a stronger memory as you age and you can even reduce your risk of developing cognitive conditions like dementia. Everything you do now has a positive impact on your cognitive health later in life.

Supporting Your Brain Through Your Lifestyle

  • Avoid smoking and other forms of tobacco.
  • Don’t abuse alcohol.
  • Protect your head from injury, wearing a helmet.

We are here to help you feel better from your brain to your feet. Come see us at one of our AFC Urgent Care NC locations.