7 Modern Life Habits That Can Be Incredibly Bad For Your Brain Health

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7 Modern Life Habits That Can Be Incredibly Bad For Your Brain Health により Mind Map: 7 Modern Life Habits That Can Be Incredibly Bad For Your Brain Health

1. The brain drain of inactivity

1.1. Being sedentary changes the shape of certain neurons in the brain, [there's] a link between inactivity and mental decline.

1.2. Regular physical activity can benefit you cognitively — increase brain chemicals which promote better memory and learning, and medically.

1.3. Knowledge of the benefits of exercise is not a problem in the modern world, it’s the application of relevant information.

2. Think you’re multitasking? Think again

2.1. You’ve likely heard that multitasking is bad for your productivity. It turns out, it’s a habit that also rewires the brain and makes you less effective.

2.2. Multitasking also increases the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.

3. Information overload leads to unnecessary overstimulation of the brain

3.1. The constant stream of content if not managed can cause stress and lead to decision overload.

3.2. Being in a situation where you are trying to concentrate on a task, and an email is sitting unread in your inbox, can reduce your effective IQ by 10 points.

3.3. To maximize your brain every day, use better tools and settings to filter information throughout the day.

3.4. Be proactive about how you consume media. Prepare your brain to ignore unnecessary information.

4. Sitting for too long is hurting you

4.1. People who are more sedentary have thinning in brain regions linked to memory.

4.2. Sitting isn’t just a physical health risk — it’s a neurological risk as well.

4.3. You can reduce the amount of sitting you do by adopting interventions like moderate walking, standing while working, even for just 10 minutes at a time, standup meetings — it offers the opportunity to sit less, move more and conduct short meetings.

5. All that screen time can negatively impact our mental and emotional wellbeing

5.1. A face-to-face conversation is incredibly beneficial for your brain.

5.2. The lack of true personal interaction limits the brain’s opportunities to make better connections. It can also lead to loneliness and depression — mental conditions that contribute significantly to reduced brain health.

5.3. Looking at screens all day can hurt your eyes, ears, neck, shoulders, back, wrists, and forearms. It also interferes with getting a good night’s sleep.

5.4. Excessive screen time has a negative effect on intellectual abilities as well as emotional well-being.

5.5. Set clear boundaries with screens to avoid developing detrimental habits. The goal isn’t to avoid screen time entirely, as that’s not realistic in modern life. However, if you’re going to use a device, be mindful.

6. It’s surprisingly easy for your headphones to damage the parts of the ear vital to healthy hearing

6.1. Hearing loss in older adults is linked to brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s and loss of brain tissue.

6.2. When your brain has to work so hard to understand what’s being said around you, it can’t store what you’ve heard into memory.

6.3. Protect your hearing by adjusting the volume of your headphones

6.4. “One test we recommend is to remove your headphones, keeping them at your preferred volume, and hold them out in front of you at an arm’s length. Can you hear the music clearly? If so, try turning it down and repeating again,” writes Headphonesty.

6.5. Always aim to take regular breaks during the course of the day to give your ears a much-needed rest.

7. Sleeping poorly upsets your brain

7.1. Sleep deprivation can have serious short-term and long-term consequences — it can delay reaction times, glucose levels, mood, headache, impaired memory, and hormone imbalances.

7.2. Not getting enough sleep may actually shrink your brain.

7.3. When you deprive your brain healthy sleep, how it process information, consolidates memories, make connections, and clear out toxins suffers.

7.4. Lack of sleep slows down your thinking, impairs your memory, concentration, judgment, and decision-making, and impedes learning.

7.5. 7–8 hours/night of good sleep is essential for stimulating new connections and brain growth.