5 easy ways to keep your brain sharp

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Saltz recommends paced deep breathing to ground and relax your body and activate your parasympathetic (rest and digest) response. Photo: Pexels


(Andrea Kane/ CNN News) — As the year wraps up, people have their sights on 2024 and what changes it will bring. The more enterprising may even be thinking of initiating changes in the form of resolutions or intentions.

But for the less decisive, those can be hard to come up with; with so many choices, where do you start and which areas of growth do you focus on?

Here’s a thought: Start with what makes you tick, the brain. It informs how we act, how we feel and how we process all the information around us — and what goes on in the brain also affects the body.

The eighth season of the podcast Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been all about the brain in some of its myriad states — including the organized brain, the menopausal brain and the depressed brain.

Here are five of the top brain tips from podcast guests to help keep everyone sharp and focused in 2024. (…)

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