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You work out to improve your body and mind. But is there more you can do to optimize your brain function? Today, we turn to four things you need to do, especially in a world in which our minds seem to be busier and busier.

Take a nap. I use brief naps to improve my cognitive function, enhance short-term memory and mood, and to reduce sleepiness.

Go outside. Selected regions of your brain are activated when you are outdoors. In addition, sunshine increases your production of Vitamin D and serotonin — both of which make you feel good. Look at some trees,look at some bodies of water, and stress hormones such as cortisol may drop.

Unplug. During the day, unplug! Even turning off that mobile phone for 10 or 15 minutes may help. Avoid devices in the hour before sleep, including television, cell phones, and computers.

Move around. Even a 10 minute walk may improve your sense of being. I aim for a minimum of 150 minutes per week of the equivalent of a brisk walk (30 minutes for 5 days per week).

Remember: Give you brain a break. Every single day. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter, and if you enjoyed this blog, click the Wellness tab above to see more. Thank you!