Improving your brain power can have numerous benefits at home, at work and in your daily life too. And it’s possible to do so with a little planning. So, let’s take a look at the best ways to do so.
1. Exercise Regularly
Regular physical body exercise is not only vital for your overall well-being but is also good for your mental health. Physical exercise helps promote blood circulation and especially to the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the one area in the brain responsible for mental performance and memory. For your cognitive functions to remain in top condition through seniorhood, consider taking hitting the gym, walking, and avoiding any form of dormant lifestyle. It’s by doing this that your brain will be capable of handling stressful conditions, learn easily/quickly, and make clear decisions.
2. Read Books and Watch TV ‘Actively.’
Although many people watch the TV just to pass time, or only watch the news, what you watch determines how well your brain is active. While watching programs like” The Bachelorette” may be intriguing, going for educational and science-based programs will make your brain more active, hence force it to want to learn something new. Watching programs that enlighten you on various aspects of life, or facts, is much more beneficial, hence recommended. The same applies to reading instructional and educative rather than entertaining. Watching and reading rich stuff can help enrich your brain capacity and boost memory retention.
3. Develop a New Habit/Hobby
Hobbies are meant to help your brain relax, right? Although there may be some truth in this, taking on new challenging but active pursuits and hobbies can help expand your brain power. Instead of attending basketball games every weekend, why not take on a new hobby, say raise chicken, play an instrument, or even learn a new language. You never know when these will come in handy at some point in your life. Fresh learning opportunities give your brain to generate fresh neurons to take up the learned processes.
4. Puzzle Work
Working on problems pushes your brain to the limit, but in a good way. Pushing your mind to think way past its capacity helps build new connections and neurons, which surprisingly enable you to solve some of the problems you couldn’t before. Aside from crosswords (these have become too common), consider taking on more challenging puzzles such as cryptograms, acrostics, word-oriented teasers, and syllacrostics. If you aren’t into word puzzles, the Sudoku should work for you. To be on the safe side, start off with one type of puzzle work, then move to more difficult ones as you get better. Be sure to start off with the easiest ones to avoid stressing your mind.
5. Take On Card and Board Games
Scrabble, jeopardy, wheel of fortune, monopoly, and trivial pursuit are all games that require strategy to win. This means you need to plan well in your mind before executing a plan. Playing board games with your friends, or buddies you meet online is another excellent way to boost your brain power and performance. Checkers and chess also present a much higher challenge hence recommended for all. Taking part in card game competitions also gives you the challenge you need to push your brain to the limit.
6. Use Science
There are a number of excellent supplements out there nowadays that can really help people improve their concentration levels and their focus. Products such as Alpha GPC and others are easy to take and can provide you with the extra boost you want without issue. Taking a product like this will help you improve your life and your ability to get things done.
7. Take a Course or a Degree Program
We learn new things every day. While taking on another degree program may not be on your bucket list, taking one may be good for your mental health. You don’t necessarily have to take the expensive programs either. Go for something affordable and manageable to be able to complete it on time. You can also consider taking non-degree courses such as ECDE, relationships, poetry, and local community history to start with.
8. Attend workshops
Conferences, workshops, and professional gatherings present great avenues for virtually anyone to learn new things in life. Attending at least one of these in a year can help you learn many things hence expand your mental capacity remarkably. Although most workshops may be work-oriented, you can take on conferences that go beyond. Such meetings also give you a chance to meet other like-minded people, and a possibility to grow.