Why being busy is good for you
Staying busy has an upside
No one is as busy as a Youngevity entrepreneur. In the beginning, growing a successful business requires a lot of planning, meetings, traveling, and everything in between. You have no choice but to stay busy if you’re going to reach your goals. And while being busy has typically carried a negative connotation, it turns out that it may actually have positive effects on your health.
Supports Cognitive Function
A study, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience and conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, found that older adults, who reported having busier days, also had overall better cognitive function. The study took 330 healthy adults between the ages 50-89 and obtained busyness ratings using the Martin and Park Environment Demands Questionnaire and mental health by measuring 5 cognitive constructs: processing speed, working memory, episodic memory, reasoning and crystallized knowledge. Regardless of age and education, the busier the individual the more improved their brain processing, speed, working memory, and reasoning and vocabulary was. Furthermore, there was an especially strong association with busyness and episodic memory; ability to remember specific places, events and emotions.
Stay busy with physical activity
The researchers did share that this doesn’t necessarily mean that being busy would improve cognitive function. Rather, that engaging in a healthy, busy lifestyle could perhaps allow your brain a better opportunity to grow and form new neural connections. Plus, reversely, it’s also possible that individuals with improved mental health could pursue a busier lifestyle. Either way, the link between keeping a busy and active life and mental health is undeniable; this includes staying physically active. Physical activity has been shown to increase availability of neurotransmitters, in addition to helping to keep your brain busy.
Keep in mind that in addition to staying active, you must also stay healthy. Being busy is ok as long as you’re still getting adequate sleep, proper nutrition and your busyness is more gratifying than stressful. And remember to always support your busy days with 90 For Life to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
Stay busy, stay active and stay healthy! Prevention is the key!