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Boost your brain power!

Most people think of energy levels in the term of the physical as relating to their bodies. However, there is much more to energy! Mental energy is a type of energy that involves stamina of the brain and cognitive function. Your mental energy can be an integral part of motivation, productivity, and your ability to think critically and problem-solve. It is important to engage in activities that help boost your mental energy. Try some of the tips below!

Sleep well. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night consistently so that your body rests and restores itself, subsequently increasing your mental and physical energy for the next day!

Eat well. Good brain foods include those high in healthy fats like avocados, olives and olive oil, nuts and seeds, fish and lean meats, and nutritious carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Keep moving. Exercise and physical activity can help improve memory and mood, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote better sleep.

Practice single-tasking. Doing too many things at once can overload your ability to think clearly, increase frustration and slow you down, which may lead to added stress. Focusing on completing one thing at a time can help boost mental energy by increasing your self-efficacy.

Do important things first. Complete tasks that require the most focus earlier in the day when your ability to think is stronger. As the day progresses, you may feel less sharp and find it harder to focus.

Be observant. When you notice your mental energy starting to wane, take a break, go for a walk, grab a healthy snack, meditate for a few minutes—any activity that will help you regain focus and refresh your mind!

Limit screen time. Taking time to unplug can help you tune into your own mind, prevent you from becoming overstimulated and reduce the effects of the emotional roller-coaster that can result from consuming social media, the news and other TV programing, movies, etc.

Exercise your mind. Increase your mental stamina by meditating, reading, doing puzzles, playing brain games, taking a class, practicing a hobby or starting an intellectual conversation.

For Health Advocate members

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, contact a Wellness Coach to learn more great tips to keep you healthy!