Practicing good health in general is known to improve cognitive functioning. Healthy habits (especially regular exercise – even walks make a difference), avoiding excessive drug/alcohol use, eating right, and getting enough sleep are all important. Managing stress through leisure activities is also recommended. Many people report benefits from meditation, yoga, stretching, or other light physical activity. Treatment of cardiovascular risk factors (see above) can prevent future decline. In the case of COVID-19, getting vaccinated and safe practices
is the best protection.
If you feel that many areas of your life are out of control, start with something small, such as moving your body outside every day (if you are able). If you are feeling overwhelmed, seek help
Time management. Many struggle with time management due to caregiving, work, or school responsibilities. Time management techniques – such as using a planner or calendar app – are often effective for organizing and keeping track of tasks. However, the technology is not as important as having a daily habit of tracking and prioritizing, even if that is done with a pencil and paper.