Let’s face it by the time Christma Day comes and you have been juggling lists, fighting crowds and trying to remember who has gone veggie since last year your poor old little grey cells are full to bursting. So let me offer you a few handy hints to get you perked up and able to think straight again.
Most of us do reach for a cup of coffee for an instant pick me up and it can energize and help you focus and concentrate. Needn’t be coffee either, the odd chocolate or two might be around your house at this time of year and there’s of caffeine in them!
I am not usually an advocate of sugar, but for again for a quick boost sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source in the form of glucose, which your body metabolizes from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat. So that’s why having a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.
Breakfast is another key element, don’t skip it as studies have found it may improve short-term memory and attention. Include high-fibre whole grains, dairy, and fruit for maximum effect.
As fish is also a good ‘brain food’ – just ask Bertie Wooster – you could also try kippers for breakfast or make a kedgeree for lunch, preferably with omega-rich fish such as salmon.
The other Christmas staple is the nut bowl – even if you still haven’t found the nutcracker from last year – and both nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age. Not too many though as they are also high in fat and there are enough calories lurking this time of year without adding to them.
Finally, relax and stop worrying about all there is to do and remember that your brain needs a rest too. So run a nice bath, pour in some relaxing lavender oil and lock the door, light some candles and have some me time.