“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Chuang Tzu

In our Brain Booster class we teach our students about how to overcome Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs), which I have written about in previous articles.

While doing research for a presentation I happened upon a list of quick and easy ways to calm one’s anxiety. Being positive is one of the best things you can do to keep a healthy brain.

My parents are so positive, and their brains are sharp.

I encourage you to make an effort to incorporate these great suggestions into your daily life.

  • Exercise. Every day if you can. Get the endorphins going.
  • Meditate. Just sit still and be quiet for a few moments every day.
  • Breathe deeply. Count your breaths and concentrate on breathing in and out deeply.
  • Focus on something else. Shift your attention to something positive.
  • Talk to others. Connect with friends and family. This is very important!
  • Light a scented candle. Some scents have a very calming effect.
  • Do something you enjoy. Bake cookies, read, take a long walk, swim or write a letter to a friend.
  • Watch a funny movie. Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Get a pet. I have five now, three cats and two old beagles, all rescues. They bring so much joy to my life.
  • Go outside. Sunlight is a natural mood booster.

Being happy is so much better than worrying about every little thing. I try really hard to live in the moment.

Just last night I was walking my dog and looked up at the night sky that was blanketed with stars, the moon was bright, and the cool breeze was invigorating. The dogs were extra frisky and I just had to smile … this is what I mean about living in the moment.

Slow down and enjoy your life.

Brain Boosters is offered three times a year, with the next session starting in January. Also, Memory Matters is offering free memory screenings Nov. 9-13. Both require reservations. Call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org