Your brain is a complex organ. It is the controller of your body, your thoughts, your state of mind and your ultimately your life. There are some who abuse it, some who under- use it, and some who overuse it to the point of meltdown.
In this article we’ll look at dozens of tactics that will help you maintain your brain into old age and help to increase your mental agility and cognitive development.
Our brains can only focus and concentrate on one thing at a time, this is a proven scientific fact.
While you can most likely handle multiple menial tasks, anything that requires you to concentrate, reason, or decide deserves full focus.
Use your brain to constantly ask questions and explore your surroundings.
Continually exercise your brain by not accepting everything you see and hear: question it and free your sense of curiosity.
Use the left hemisphere of your brain to practice logical, mathematical problems in your life.
Use the right hemisphere to unleash your creativity. You will know what side is dominant so make it a point to practice using your non dominant hemisphere.
Your brain is learning throughout the night, so give it something worthwhile to feed it.
Our brain is not restoring energy whilst we are sleeping it is cutting out the noise and going over the days events and processing it; give it some great material to process.
If you are reading a book, start pacing. Movement gets the blood flowing and this helps oxygenate your brain.
I walked my way through university and have taught my sons study walking to help them memorize information.
Learn the lyrics of some of your favourite songs to keep your listening skills and memory skills alive.
Movies that make you think (such as mysteries) help keep your brain and mind active.
This stimulates the brain in many areas and also can be quite fun.
There are thousands of studies about the beneficial effects of mediation and keeping your stress levels down is good for you.
You lose brain cells the more stressed you feel, so controlling stress levels is important.
Thinking positively is a great way to keep your brain alive. Constant negative thinking depresses the mind and goes on to literally depress the immune system. Thinking more positive thoughts is a good way to keep stress down and spur you to take action for a better life.
Practicing gratitude can increase your happiness level significantly which helps to alleviate stress which helps your whole brain and body.
Sex is another great way to keep your cardiovascular system healthy which means more oxygen to your brain which keeps the brain healthy.
No matter what type of books you read, they are all beneficial in keeping your brain healthy and active and ward off the ageing process.
A lot of people look forward to giving up work as we get older, however, working even in a part time job can keep the mind active. If you are retired you can do volunteer work to keep you active.
Keeping your brain fit is about feeding your mind with new information. Watching current affairs programs can help with this so long as they don't stress you out.
Listening to music that you wouldn't normally listen to is another good way to keep your brain active. Music has the ability to release positive emotions in you.
Dancing is a great all around for both mind and body. Learning s a new dance helps your cognitive skills, your spatial awareness, your social skills, your motor skills and helps keeps your body healthy.
Throwing and catching a ball is great for sensory-guided movement. It can improve your brain's visual, tactile and hand-eye coordination responses and keep them sharp well into old age.
Drinking water helps the cells function properly and keeps you feeling hydrated from the inside out.
Have you always fancies travelling well it has been shown that travelling really does broaden your horizons.
Having friendly debates with friends and family can improve your logical, thinking, reasoning and creativity skills.
Taking a nap throughout the day can help keep you from feeling tired and help stave off 'brain fog'. A 10 minute nap will do to help you function throughout the day.
If you watch a lot of TV turn it down to hone your listening and concentration skills.
If you tend to do the same thing day in day out, try and break the pattern of your activities. Your brain relies on doing something different to keep it active, break your normal routine to do this.
Learning anything new will help keep your brain healthy. Learning a new word each day is a simple way to accomplish this.
This is a great way to keep your memories alive and to strengthen cell connections within the brain.
Doing things we would normally never do like a bungee jump, a parachute jump, hill climbing, a helicopter ride, etc., will keep your brain alive, literally.
Supplements like omega-3, folic acid with vitamin B-12, CoEnzyme Q10, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and an all round strong multi-vitamin supplement, has been shown to slow down the ageing process. Check with your doctor before taking supplements.
A simple mindfulness exercise is to just sit and relax and pay attention to your breathing. This helps to promote relaxation, keep your mind focused, helps with concentration and does the body a world of good.
Critical thinking involves you asking questions of yourself and the world around and looking for evidence of your assumptions.
Not literally, but start thinking about the bigger questions in life. This develops your brain on many levels. More than likely you will never come up with a definitive answer to the big questions but it keeps your brain and mind active.
Affirmations are a great way to keep your mind focused on your life goals. When you use affirmations you are also using your imagination, and activating other regions in your brain which can help with memory, creativity and even releasing feel good chemicals.
I always thought this was a strange saying as you cannot really think outside the box when you are always living inside the box of knowledge. However over the years I have come to realise it really means thinking without using your reasoning skills to look for alternatives and it can be a great way to keep your mind active.
Singing is a great way to help you focus and get rid of stress. People who sing out loud feel happier as they are not internalizing thoughts but focusing on an ext renal action, their voice. It also aids memory.
Scientists now know that our brains continuously make new neurons throughout our lives and it does this in response to the what we do in our lives. Neurons are important for transmitting and making connections with other cells. If we lose the neurons, we lose the power to think properly, to use our creativity, to learn, to memorize effectively, basically our brains slowly die. Exercise and brain stimulation is one of the best ways to keep making these new neurons. Using some of the examples above you will keep your brain healthy and active for years to come.
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