(BPT) - Fall is always a busy time, with kids of all ages — and their parents — getting ready for going back to school. Schedules are hectic, there’s a million things on your to-do list, and everyone’s juggling multiple demands. No matter your age, you rely on your brain every day, and need its power to keep you focused, sharp and attentive as you face the challenges this busy season throws at you.

To help minds stay sharp as they multitask and get back into the learning groove, parents and kids alike can try some of these tips to support their brain health:

1. Prioritize quality sleep

You know how it feels when you’re low on sleep — your mind feels fuzzy and it’s hard to get things done. Unfortunately, back-to-school season can make this worse, as everyone in the family adjusts to new schedules after a laid-back summer. Try to get into your fall schedule as soon as you can, and keep it consistent, even on weekends or short breaks.

According to the CDC, most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night, although some may need more. Experiment to find your sweet spot. Kids need even more sleep than adults, and the amount varies depending on their age. Check with your pediatrician for recommendations of how many hours your child needs. Help everyone sleep better by winding down early enough so everyone gets the deep, restorative sleep required to function at their best. Experts recommend turning off electronic gadgets an hour before bedtime to relax and slow down.

2. Feed your brain

You’ve probably heard that fish is good for the mind. It turns out that’s true, although fatty fish such as salmon and tuna is not the only source of nutrients that can boost your brain performance. Harvard Health recommends a diet rich in leafy green vegetables (as well as other fresh fruits and vegetables), plus walnuts and green tea. Look for these and other whole foods that contain essential nutrients to support brain health, including:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vitamins B, D, E and K
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Choline

3. Supplement your brain health

To further support your brain health, consider adding a supplement containing Cognizin Citicoline, an innovative form of Citicoline, a brain health nutrient which has been clinically researched for its role in cognitive function. Many other cognitive health ingredients may only enhance brain performance, but Cognizin provides more comprehensive brain health support over time.

Cognizin* has demonstrated through multiple clinical trials that it provides essential brain performance benefits like mental energy, memory, focus and attention for people of all ages, and is featured in over 200 products globally. To find supplements featuring Cognizin near you, visit Cognizin.com/en/where-to-find.

4. De-stress for better thinking

Find effective ways to clear mental clutter so you can focus better on important tasks, then add those tools to your wellness toolkit. Whether you use meditation, yoga, walking, listening to music or another method to relax and re-center, you’ll soon discover that you are better able to concentrate and get things done when you need to. Explore some of these techniques to find what works best for you, then schedule regular daily sessions for whatever activity best clears your head — even just for 15 minutes.

5. Move your body

Regular exercise can also help your brain function better. Physical activity helps you breathe more deeply, getting more oxygen to your brain and also reducing stress. Many creative people, innovators and problem solvers relate that they often come up with their best ideas while moving — such as walking, running, cycling or swimming.

With these tips in hand, your whole family will start thinking more clearly, focusing on what needs to get done and mastering the art of multi-tasking, so you can all make the most of back-to-school season.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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