Challenge your Brain
Your brain is a muscle, so keeping it in good shape, requires using it. In order to maintain your memory, cognition, recall and problem-solving skills you will have to make sure you’re challenging your brain in new ways for your entire life.
Scientists have found, that challenging the brain in new ways helps create new brain cells and strengthen the connections between them.
As you participate in higher levels of mental activity, your brain functions become much better and your risk for cognitive decline lowers. In addition, your likelihood of getting dementia decreases.
I suggest trying a new activity you have wanted to do for awhile. Some examples you could try are, learning a new language, learning to program computers or even learning to draw. There are all sorts of fun activities to explore.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Sleep helps your brain work properly and prepares it for the next day.
While you sleep your brain is processing all the information from your day. Sleep takes the memories from your day and stabilizes, copies and filters them to help prioritize their importance and usefulness for future reference.
The recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7 and 8 hours per night. However, the amount of sleep you need depends on many factors. For some a good nights sleep in 4 hours and for others 9 hours.
I would test out different duration’s of sleep and find the period, where you feel rested and sharp and ready to take on the day.
I should mention, in order to maintain a good night’s sleep, you need to set a consistent bedtime routine. This ensures your sleep cycles are not disrupted.
Create Healthy Habits
Smoking and drinking cause harm to the brain. Both separately, and together.
Alcohol affects the parts of your brain that control judgment, concentration, coordination, behavior and emotions. Your sharpness is based on all of this! And alcohol’s effects are not positive, but negative.
Long-term drinking can result in permanent brain damage, serious mental health problems and alcohol dependency; especially for the young person. Excessive drinking can also disrupt your sleep patterns.
Cigarette smoking, has really negative effects on your brain as well. It is a cause of a stroke which is, damage to the brain due to problems with blood flow or the escape of blood into the brain. 40% of all strokes in people under 65 are caused by cigarette smoking.
A common myth, is that smoking helps concentration and makes a smoker alert. This is far from the truth. Don’t fall for it! Smoking will lower your IQ and your thinking ability becomes weak.
If you want to maintain a sharp brain, alcohol and smoking are not the route to take. I would suggest finding an alternative.
I have mentioned, smoking and alcohol because they are the two most common unhealthy habits, people will develop throughout their lifetime.
Here are 5 healthy habits you can apply in your life:
- Drink lots and lots of water.
- Eat at least one really healthy meal each day.
- Snack on fruit or veggies.
- Get outdoors.
I have mentioned, meditation already in many past articles. This is because it is one of the best thing’s you can do for your well-being.
Studies, have found that meditation is associated with a stronger ability to control your behavior and emotions. One study, published by the journal NeuroImage, UCLA neuroscientist Eileen Luders, found that, the brains of meditators had two brain regions that were larger than non-meditators.
Here are six ways mediation increases your intelligence:
- Balances your left and right brain.
- Increases brain size.
- Enables beneficial brainwave patterns.
- Boosts insight and intuition.
- Improves short and long term memory.
Make a Habit of Napping
Taking a nap improves brain activation and improves your memory, alertness and creativity. Many smart, energetic and creative people use power naps to keep their energy mood, and productivity high throughout their day.
A power nap is a short period of rest; around 15 to 20 minutes. Having one of these, should leave you mentally clear and sharp. The amazing thing about a power nap, is that it allows you to boost your productivity for the whole day in a very short time period.
A few proven benefits from napping
- Combats exhaustion.
- Increases brain activity.
- Helps brain recovery.
- Reduces stress.
- Increases happiness.
- Gives brain a quick boost in it’s functions.
Exercising, is a fantastic way to boost your brain power. Your brain will benefit from any amount of exercise you do. Even five minutes of exercise can improve your brain’s performance.
Cardio, is one of the best ways to boost your brain power. All the extra blood surrounds your brain cells in oxygen and glucose. And both of these are what fuel your brain cells. The more your brain cells are fueled, the better they will perform. So the more cardio exercise you do, the more powerful your brain becomes.
If you exercise, regularly you are priming your brain for growth. All the rushing blood going through you, accelerates the growth rate of the brain.
You will gain more than just increased brain performance by exercising. Your depression will alleviate, you will experience memory improvement’s, stress decrease and you will be more focused. On top of this, you will be a happier and more confident person.