Too often these days, we get to become a bit complacent when it comes to strengthening our brain. We take for granted what is essentially an active process.
The fact that you are reading this article proves that you are keen in improving your overall cognitive abilities. So, here we go.
1. Stop Being in Office Always:
Studies (such as this one) have found out that being in office for long periods of time can not only reduce your thinking and decision making abilities, but also gives depression and a negative outlook on life. The carbon-di-oxide levels in office tends to become rather high after sometime and this wreaks havoc on your normal functioning of brain. Even a 20 minute coffee break in the fresh air will do a lot of good to your thinking abilities.
2. Eat Veggies and Salads
While you are in the coffee break, try to choose fresh fruit juice or salads instead of donuts or french fries. Fries and fried stuff not only make your belly larger, but they also increase your risk of getting brain fatigue sooner. Fried food also increases your risk of heart problems. Veggies or Salads not only help your brain, but they also improve skin tone, eye-sight, bowel movements and are easy on your stomach and very good for your heart!
3. Do Exercise
According to studies, being overweight directly affects your brain activities and makes your brain work harder for even easier tasks. (Click Here for more info) If you find an one-hour workout too much tiresome or time consuming, try to squeeze in regular physical activities into your schedule. Even a 10 minutes brisk walk can do wonders to your body. Try to increase your physical activities by taking steps such as using stairs, doing your own laundry, cycling to your workplace (if possible!), and other such active stuff.
4. Stop Googling all the time!
Use your brain. If you keep on using Google for all the essential and should-have-been-easy-to-remember information such as restaurant names and birthdays of important people, you are naturally not using your brain for a lot many things. Try to remember stuff by your own effort. Brain, much like all other organs, needs to be used in order to prevent rusting. If you keep on forgetting and abusing google even for simplest of things, you are actually killing your brain by not using it!
Even if it is a tabloid or page3 of a newspaper, read! As Joseph Addison’s famous quote goes, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” If you don’t read anything at all, your brain deteriorates at an alarming rate. Reading well-written books not only improves your brain, but it can also have a deep impact on your moral values, emotional responses and make you a well-rounded human being. Also, please keep in mind the fact that people who don’t read have no advantage over people who can’t read.
6. Indulge in Brainy Foods!
Keep eating what is good for your brain and it will show the results gradually. We tend to choose what is tempting and tasty in a tension-ridden workplace. Try to eat these stuff, all of which are said to be brainy foods.
Meditation improves your mental state and rewards you with a better balance of the mind. Doing just 5 minutes of meditation each day significantly improves your brain power over time. It activates hippocampus, the learning part of the brain. Set aside time for this and be regular and you’ll see remarkable changes in your cognitive abilities.
8. Drink lots of Water!
Most of us know that our body is composed of 70% water. But only a very few of us know that the brain is composed of more than 85% of water. The human body loses water through sweat, breathing and elimination of wastes. It is absolutely necessary that you drink adequate amount of water to keep your body and brain in good condition. If you keep depleting your body of water, naturally your brain loses its peak performance. Symptoms range from brain fog, fatigue, lack of clarity and it goes up to depression and emotional instability.
9. Get Proper Sleep!
It may sound really cool to claim that you pulled out an all-nighter on the new year’s eve. Or that you can go with just 5 hours of sleep each day for more than a week. All these claims are wrong. Studies show that the brain signals of a sleep-deprived person is worse than that of an intoxicated person! The brain needs at least seven hours of sleep each day to function properly. You may do your tasks even with less amount of sleep, but the amount of fatigue that your brain undergoes to hit the target is pretty high. Sleep not only gives the much needed rest to your brain, but also reduces stress, improves memory and immunity.