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BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER


When you think fit, think brain fitness. Vow to break from routine and focus on strengthening your body AND your mind. The idea of losing a step or two may be worrisome, especially those who find themselves forgetting things more often than they like. In most cases, occasional lapses can be attributed to stress or multitasking, which can distract your brain, causing you to become unfocused and less productive.

While there's a lot we still don't know about the brain, research has shown that the brain is like a muscle and can benefit from activities to boost its strength, flexibility, resilience and endurance. Take a look at some simple and inexpensive ways to train your brain. Proactive measures may improve memory, creativity, attention span, problem solving and, perhaps best of all, support a long, happy and healthy lifestyle.

Practice these techniques to stay sharp!

New territory - Clear more neural pathways by learning a new language, instrument, skill or hobby. The challenge of the unknown boosts brain resilience, as well as memory retention, coordination and high-level thinking.

Purposeful mindset - Build endurance and resilience by defining your life's purpose. A reason to wake up every morning helps you transition when life changes.

Healthy habits - Promote a healthy body and brain through diet and physical exercise, which increases blood flow to the brain, reduces stress and helps you focus. Aerobic exercise just twice a week could lower your risk of Alzheimer's by 60%.

Social circles - A meaningful social life, including volunteering, improves executive function and memory. Social interaction means more engagement and lower risk of cognitive impairments.

Restorative sleep - Sleep restores the mind when overwhelmed, rebuilds and repairs neuron pathways, reduces stress, and helps create long-term memories. Learn good sleep habits as well as de-stressing techniques that work for you, such as deep breathing or spending time with family and friends.

Lifelong learning - While a higher education is the strongest predictor of greater mental capacity, memory and thinking skills in later years, a formal education may not be necessary. A lifelong habit of learning and engaging in mentally challenging activities benefits memory as well.

Positivity - Starting your day with a mental accounting of things to be grateful for contributes to brain health and performance. Reframing events with positive thinking increases adaptability and resilience as well.

Tranquility - Silence digital distractions in favor of a good book, meditation, journaling or some other relaxing activity to help focus your mind and improve concentration.

Sources: Annals of Medicine, 2015; MacArthur Foundation Study of Successful Aging; Baltimore Experience Corps

The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but Raymond James does not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Kari Dimmer and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cape Financial Group has an advisory board comprised of 12 clients that we meet with quarterly to generate ideas and get feedback from. The advisory board gives us insight from our clients' point of view which helps us to improve our business practices.

At our most recent meeting, we asked the board what break out session topics they'd be interested in at the annual Financial Forum. Their feedback included: travel, budgeting, beginning with the basics for financial planning, budgeting and insurance, financial planning for business owners, a tax update and technology updates.

Planning for the Forum will begin soon; if there are any topics you'd be interested in seeing at the event, please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas. We value all opinions and ideas and work hard to make them happen.

Kari Dimmer
Marketing Coordinator

Cape Financial Group, LLC | An Independent Firm
2345 E. Mason St | Green Bay, WI 54302
920.272.2273 office | 855.755.CAPE toll-free | 920.272.2277 fax