Easy ways to boost your brain power
Source: Women’s Journal (1996)
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1. Exercise regularly – studies show that aerobic exercise improves brain functioning. It pumps up the oxygen level in your blood, which revs up the brain’s production of neurotransmitters and boosts your mental abilities.
2. Stop smoking – Cigarettes are not only bad for our body, but bad for your brain too. Smoking deprives the brain of the oxygen it needs for the top-notch functioning. Overtime can also inhibit memory according to University of Utah psychology professor Robert Hill, Ph.D.
3. Get regular physical check-ups – some physical conditions, such as high blood pressure and congenital problems, can also deprive the brain of oxygen inhibiting its ability to work at peak capacity.
4. Take multi-vitamins daily – poor nutrition starves your brain of the nutrients it needs to think clearly. Everyone knows that our bodies have to be fed properly, but good nutrition is also vital for our brainpower.
5. Develop a positive outlook – even our moods affect our mental processes, when you’re depressed, you don’t have the energy to think clearly. To make sure your mood is working in your favour, try to develop a more positive approach to life and watch for signs that you might benefit from professional counselling.
6. Try to communicate more intelligently - first, learn to formulate clear, convincing arguments for why you feel the way you do. Learn to organize your thoughts effectively. When speaking, try never to raise your voice.
7. Keep your mind active – living in an enriched environment help keep your mind active and stimulation increases the brain chemicals needed for efficient functioning. One way is through hobbies that challenge our brains, such as reading.
8. Be open minded – most of us surround ourselves with people who think the same way we do. “Pretty soon, it’s hard to think about anything differently.” Look for ways to open your mind to new ideas; talk to people who have different opinions; vary the newspaper you read.
9. Develop your sensory perception – most of us are bombarded with so much information, were forced to tune out some of it. Turn this reflex around by learning to turn off unnecessary noise and to tune into your own senses.
Suggested Readings: How to Improve Your Memory: Tips and Exercises to Sharpen Your Mind and Boost Brainpower -http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm(June 20, 2013 – accessed)