One of the most remarkable organs in human body, the brain, is responsible for all our thoughts, actions, what we feel and what we remember. Every second, our brain forms a million new connections.
Below is a list of easy ways in which you can boost your brainpower and stay mentally healthy.
1) Exercise regularly
We all know the obvious benefits of exercising regularly for our bodies but are we aware that it also helps our brain. Aerobic exercise can provide our brains with a tremendous boost in functionality and processing information. It encourages our brains to operate at optimum capacity.
According to a study carried out by the Department of Exercise Science, University of Georgia, exercising for up to a period of 60 minutes can facilitate information processing.
Exercising provides the brain with additional oxygen and production of hormones that aid the growth of brain cells.
2) Get a good nights sleep
Getting good nights sleep is an excellent way to rejuvenate and step back into the world with a clearer mind. According to the National Sleep Foundation sleep helps us to retain the information that we have gathered over the course of the day. A well-rested mind will allow us to be sharper and take in new information more readily.
Sleep strengthens connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another.
Further to this, they have also highlighted that it may be possible to even learn as we sleep. Researchers exposed people to a sound and a smell as they slept and miraculously when they woke in the morning, they started sniffing when they heard the sound despite the fact the sound was not followed by a smell.
Also consider the use of Feng Shui, to ensure you are receiving the right type of energy in the room you sleep in.
3) Eat more nuts
Regular consumption of peanuts can help protect against the development of Alzheimer’s diseases and age related cognitive decline, research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has indicated. Peanuts, as they are full of magnesium can help boost both short term and long term memory.
4) Challenge your mind
A great way to boost the brain is to challenge it daily. Avoid calculators. When faced with simple additions as you go about your day pull yourself away from picking up your phone to use the calculator. Instead your brain, this is a great way to get your mind working and keep it growing.
The brain is like a muscle the more you use it, the more it will grow. And this does not mean only eating numbers, we can help our brain by reading, learning new skills, learning a new language and mind training activities.
By taking on new activities like joining a new sports team or social club you are actually stimulating the brain. Even spicing things up and not doing the same old routine every day can help your brain grow. So the next time you’re out and about, try taking a new route, a change of scenery.
Meditation has numerous benefits some of which include reducing anxiety, lowering stress, and improving focus. It has also provided a notable improvement in memory.
Research conducted at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher research Centre discovered that people who practiced mind-full meditation were able to screen out distractions. They also benefited from being able to increase productivity levels more rapidly than those they did not meditate.
These abilities could be facilitating their memory and ability to learn new facts faster than others. It is wise then, that we learn how to meditate effectively.