I read an article by author Benjamin P. Hardy this week and he said we need four things every day for our brain to thrive. Nutrition, oxygen, information and love.
He said we have to eat foods that fuel us and cut out the things that make us feel rotten. Fill up on nuts, greens, berries, fish and dark chocolate. And cut down or eliminate sugar, alcohol and white flour.
He said our brain needs three times more oxygen than our muscles and the best way to give it more oxygen is to exercise. Whether that means you run, walk, skip, plant, lift or bike… do something. Every day. Just move.
Your brain is also a muscle that needs to be worked. And it needs a daily dose of new information. So change your scenery, the people you interact with, the books you read. Give your brain a reason to find new connections. Remain curious. Ask questions. Discuss things outside your comfort zone. Change your mind.
And finally love. It can be from a partner, family, friends, children or pets. That unconditional feeling of acceptance and validation. It is oxygen for the soul.
So let’s keep these four things in mind each and every day. To thrive and not just survive. To live our best life.