Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t improve your health.

Monotony, lack of social stimulation, and loss of sleep are all things that can make your brain age faster. Unfortunately, due to stay-at-home orders, a lot of us are experiencing these things right now. If you’ve noticed you’re spending too much time in front of the TV, or are simply looking for active brain games and projects you can do at home, these tips can help make a difference.

Therefore, it’s important to do what you can to relieve stress and anxiety for your brain’s health. Here are a few things to avoid at home when trying to focus on relieving stress and anxiety plus games, puzzles, and apps you can check out that focus on brain health and improving cognitive function.

Turn Off the News

DoctorOz.com also spoke with Sandra Chapman, PhD, the chief director at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, who says it’s important for people to pay attention to how much information they’re consuming right now. Information overload, or the consumption of so much information that it actually negatively impacts productivity, is real. “This overload harms our brain’s efficiency, our mental alertness, and our decision-making capacity,” says Chapman. “Moreover, it makes us shallower thinkers and lowers our ability for logical reasoning.”

Chapman suggests limiting your daily news intake to twice a day — morning and early evening. She also suggests turning off news notifications on all of your devices. “Nourish your brain with positive stories and non-COVID conversations,” says Chapman.

Games, Apps & More to Help Keep Your Brain Sharp & Focused 

Chapman recommends the Brain Performance Challenge app as a fun way to test out your brain’s cognitive performance. It breaks down challenges into “Innovation,” “Strategy” and “Reasoning” categories. The best part is that it’s free.

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Published on Dr. Oz May 12, 2020