Stimulate your Senses
By Angela Bekiaris
Stimulating your senses could help keep your brain active and healthy. “An experience that incorporates one or more of your senses serves to stimulate brain activity and helps keep your mind sharp,” say experts.
Here are some activities to provide you with plenty of sensory experiences, and in turn strengthen your mental acuity:
1. Aromatherapy – it’s a great way to de-stress.
2. Get A Massage – you can work out the stress and tension in your muscles.
3. Eat New Food – Thai food and Indian food both utilise a wide range of herbs and spices that will stimulate your sense of taste, smell, and sight.
4. Drink Some Chai Tea – it’s infused with a variety of spices and, blended with milk or a non-dairy milk substitute, will awaken your tongue and mind as well.
5. Do Some Gardening – it’s a great multi-sensory experience, as you feel the soil, hear nature, taste herbs you’ve grown, and appreciate the colour and beauty of the flowers you nurtured, say experts.
6. Listen To Music – it will stimulate your brain.
7. Bake Cookies – experts say the feel of the dough, the smell of the baking cookies, and the taste of your finished product is a great multi-sensory experience.
8. Be Social – write letters, send e-mails or texts, or make a phone call. Having a strong social network reduces isolation and stress and stimulates the brain through shared learning experiences and emotional connections, say experts.
How Your Allergies Affect Your Mind
Blowing your nose all day is annoying, we know. But have you ever thought about the effect allergy season has on your mind? Yep, it affects concentration and energy levels, say experts. According to Verywellhealth.com, studies have shown that people with allergic rhinitis not only suffer from symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy eyes and nose, but from non-nasal symptoms, such as fatigue and depression as well. “Allergic rhinitis can make it harder to concentrate at work or school and affect your energy level and sleeping habits,” say experts.
Allergies and fatigue go hand-in-hand, with research showing that people with fatigue are very often the same ones who suffer from seasonal allergies. In fact, one study showed that a surprising 80 percent of people claim to feel tired as a result of their allergy symptoms.
Allergies are also known to affect one’s mood. Of course blowing your nose all day isn’t going to leave you smiling, but how moody are we talking here? Well, according to studies, more than a third of people with allergies in one study felt depressed, and over half of the respondents felt irritable or miserable as a result of their symptoms. Verywellhealth.com reports that ‘other studies have found that the incidence of clinical depression is twice as common among allergy sufferers’.