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MAY THE (LIMITLESS) FORCE BE WITH YOU

For Star Wars fans, May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth are sacred days. But becoming a Master Jedi takes years of practice and discipline. The good news is you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to become master of your own body and mind. It all starts with a healthy brain. And here to remind you how to unlock the limitless force are the ten keys to unlocking optimal brain health, are a few friends from around the Galaxy and beyond.

A GOOD DIET

“Rule 23: Never pull sentry duty on an empty stomach.” ~ Scorch

Eating a diet full of nutritious brain foods is mandatory to ensure you’re in top shape for whatever the Empire throws at you. Here are ten amazing brain foods to fuel you body and mind.

KILL ANTs:

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda

Your brain is a supercomputer. And your self-talk is the program that runs it. That’s why it’s so important to take control of those thoughts and focus on positive self-talk. Everyone struggles with dark thoughts sometimes. But no one wants to turn into a Sith as a result. Here are some tips to help you kill those ANTs and restore order to the Galaxy.

EXERCISE

“I know how to run without you holding my hand.” ~ Rey

If the Knights of Ren start tracking you down, you want to be quick on your feet and able to strategize on the move. That’s why, whether someone is holding your hand or not, getting enough exercise is vital for your brain. As your body moves, your brain grooves. Whether it’s strength-training or a daily workout routine, make sure you get up and get moving throughout your day.

BRAIN NUTRIENTS

“Make ten men feel like a hundred.“ ~ Cassian Andor

Cassian may have been talking about strategy in fighting the Empire, but his point still stands. When you. have the right plan and feed your body what it needs, you enhance what you’re capable of by one hundred. Many foods provide the nutrients your brain needs to operate at its best, but you can use nootropics or supplements to help ensure you get all the brain-boosting power you need to get through your Rebel days.

POSITIVE PEER GROUP

“If I do not return, I want you to know that you have been a real friend.” ~ C-3PO

It doesn’t take a human-cyborg relations expert to know that who you surround yourself with is important. The people around you can either lift you up or tear you down. If you constantly spend time with people who have a scarcity mindset and allow negative thoughts to take over, that’s who you will become. Learn how to build a positive peer group and watch your life begin to change.

CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

“That ship saved my life quite a few times. She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” ~ Lando Calrissian

In the same way people can determine your outcome, so can your environment. That’s because your brain is largely a filtration device. And when you’re surrounded by clutter, your brain has a hard time filtering out the noise. This takes up a lot of your brain power, which can disrupt your concentration, affect your focus, and drain your energy. Take care of your space, even if it is the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

SLEEP

“You’re exactly the way I remember you in my dreams.” ~ Anakin Skywalker

Sleep is important. Just ask Anakin. When nightmares began plaguing him, they started his descent into the Dark Side. To stay on the right side of the Force, you want to start by ensuring you get enough sleep. This means focusing on quality over quantity. Create a healthy nighttime routine, get plenty of exercise, and always wake up at the same time.

BRAIN PROTECTION

“I don’t want your armor. I want my armor.” ~ Boba Fett

Boba Fett knows good armor is important. It’s what kept him alive despite being eaten by a sarlacc. Even if you aren’t battling Jedi or Storm Troopers, there are any number of activities that can damage your brain. Make sure you put your brain health first and always wear a helmet.

NEW LEARNINGS

“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights the way.” ~ Yoda

Yoda knows that knowledge is the light when you’re surrounded by darkness. No matter what obstacle you’re facing, there’s always an answer. You just have to find it. That means being open to new learning, and embracing the growth mindset of a young Padawan.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

“Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs. Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” ~ Qui-Gon Jinn

To harness the power of the force, you have to be able to focus. You have to be present and calm. And to do that, you have to keep your stress levels low. When you’re stressed, your brain releases the stress hormone cortisol. If that builds for a long period of time, it can cause inflammation, disrupt your sleep, interrupt your focus and concentration, and elevate your anxiety. Make sure you take time to meditate, journal, and practice deep breathing to lower your stress levels throughout your day—even when you aren’t trying to infiltrate the Death Star.

If you want to learn more about the ten keys to better brain health, watch this video:

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