Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with memory loss or brain fog
Exercise for body and brain
Just a 30-minute brisk walk each day is beneficial for body and brain. Aerobic exercise and strength training can boost chemical reactions, generate blood flow to your brain, and help to repair brain cells. Exercise will also promote a healthy heart, indirectly improving your brain function, as well as calming you down.
Watch our Hot Flush YouTube vlog Fighting Fit – Netball to see that exercise can be social, fun and beneficial to your health too. Check out our workout with fitness instructor Fighting Fit with Sally simple fitness that you can do with friends in a park or at home.
Exercise for your mind
Help keep your brain healthy with these memory-boosting activities:
- Play cards
- Download a brain-training app
- Do crossword puzzles and Sudoku
- Learn a new language
- Take up knitting
- Join a book group, or just read more
Tools to tide you over
Have some strategies in place for the times when your memory may not be firing on all cylinders.
- Repeat things in your mind for 1-2 minutes to embed facts and names.
- Make associations. Use word association to drum up an image. If you need to meet someone at a certain time, imagine a digital clock set for then.
- Take notes! Now is the time to make notes, and set reminders, to stay on top of things. Post-its, phone apps, and lovely little notebooks will all come in handy.
Sleep refreshes the parts of your brain that other activities can’t reach!
Night sweats, anxiety, and insomnia may mean you are not getting enough. Try to keep to a regular bedtime routine, even at the weekends. Read our Hot Stuff post on the 10 tips to help you sleep and stay asleep, we’ve loads of suggestions that will hopefully help you to de-stress, relax and sleep like a baby.