For most of us, increasing brain power is something out of science fiction. We were told that our brains grow more rapidly and have an easier ability learning while we are children. As we get older and the days pile up behind us, the brain slows & the learning deaccelerates.
However what most of us overlook, is the power to keep our brain growing, healthy & learning new things well into our middle ages! Let’s start off with some simple ways of achieving this and then diving into a little more detail on each topic.
1. Keep your brain active, engaged & constantly learning through brain ‘teasers’ and memory games.
Once we’ve grown up to a certain point, most of us have to leave school behind. Don’t let your brain slow down after graduation! Just because you don’t have homework doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give yourself some. Keep your brain engaged, check out SharpBrain’s top 50 brain teasers & games for keeping your mind sharp.
As a side note, remember to cultivate ambidexterity. Use your non-dominant hand to control your mouse, comb your hair or brush your teeth. Write with both hands simultaneously. Switch hands for knife and fork. This will help your mind continue learning and be engaged. Monotony is a slow cringing decay in terms of brain power.
2. Want an instant brain power boost? Chew some gum!
That’s right, who knew that something so simple can be so good for you? Studies suggest that a stick of gum can help increase alertness, ward off fatigue and even improve memory. This isn’t some kind of folklore, it’s been documented here and also here. Ditch the coffee and get a pack of Orbit Peppermint Sugarfree Gum!
3. Exercise to keep your blood flowing, body active & brain healthy.
Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of aging & being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain. Without regular exercise plaque starts to build up in your arteries and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Blood pumping efficiently to your brain means that your brain will be working smoothly. That statement should be a, well, no-brainer.
Not only does exercise lead to a healthy lifestyle, it also helps manage your stress. Stress in some cases leads to depression, and both of these symptoms have a negative influence on our brains. Depression is actually often misdiagnosed a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate. Get clarity back in your life by adding in a bit of running or regular trips to the gym.