Recent studies have shown that smoking, excess alcohol or food, and lack of deep sleep cause serious damage to the brain. See the link on studies here.
Poor sleeping in the elderly leads to dementia because everyone needs deep sleep to refresh the memory—like a 'save' function on a computer.
Next week, I'll do it then. No! Rather than delay giving up a habit of choice, people should do it now. The longer they leave it, the more damage they will do to their brain as well as their heart.
1. Eat healthy food. This includes cutting down on meat, eating more vegetables and fruit, and sourcing them from close to hand where no insecticides are used.
2. Exercise daily and sleep well. No matter what our handicap, we can exercise. I have followed a morning routine of face and back exercises from a sitting position. Every day, weather allowing, I push my rollator up and down the steep hill outside. I sleep well because I believe I've lived to the best of my ability and, as my former husband used to say, I have a clear conscience.
3. Retain a positive attitude. Okay. I was lucky to be born with a bright outlook. But there is always a good and bad side of each problem we face in life. It's up to you to choose how you will approach it. I choose to ignore my pain and concentrate on writing.
4. Keep busy doing what I enjoy. I've worked my way through so many pastimes while employed in a physical job. Sewing, spinning fleece, knitting, crochet, embroidery, writing poetry, composing songs, and finally, since retirement, novel writing.
5. Believe my life matters. 'You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars'. Read the whole of the wonderful prose Desiderata here.
Have I convinced you to give up over-eating, smoking or excess drink? Your life is in your hands. The choice is yours. You have something important to do in this life. Discover your destiny. Live.