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5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Happy During Quarantine

Medically reviewed by Lone Star Neurology

Now, more than ever, it is easy to binge watch your favorite series in bed all day. This was fun for the first two months, but how happy is your brain? These five tips can help keep your brain stimulated while still maintaining social distancing.

  1. Maintain a Routine
    Even if you let yourself sleep in, set an alarm and set realistic goals for the day. This will help you get out of bed and get those endorphins going!
  2. Get Creative
    Have you been putting off reading that book because you could not find the time? Or maybe the attic has not been organized in years because you could not stand to lose a weekend in dust. Here is your chance to GET THINGS DONE!
  3. Hobbies
    By now, you have probably crocheted more socks than you know what to do with. Use this extra time to find a new hobby to help stimulate your brain. Crosswords, puzzles, and arts and grafts are great activities to help keeping your brain sharp.
  4. Exercise
    Get out and get active! Aim to keep your body moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Also, try to get outdoors and soak in the vitamin D. Just remember to keep your distance from others and wear a mask if you will be in a populated place.
  5. Stay Socially Active
    Now is the perfect time to give your grandma or great aunt you only see at Thanksgiving a call. Remember, social distancing does not mean social isolation. Thanks to modern technology, it is very easy to keep up with loved ones.

Maintaining your brain health and staying busy can help you cope with the current unprecedented times as well as the boredom that comes with spending the majority of your day at home. It can also help keep your brain healthy for a longer period of time and reduce the risk for cognitive decline as you age.

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