Our brain is our main tool in the face of the adversity of daily life. It allows us to do many things without even being aware of it sometimes. However, many of us don’t use it to its full potential because of several factors related to our lifestyle. The good news is that there are ways to increase your brain power simply by changing some habits and incorporating others. In this article, we will see what is recommended to do. Lets go !
1. Get enough sleep!
It is well known that your brain records and saves the information gathered during the day and then allows you to access it more easily when the time comes. Without sleep, it will be difficult to follow. Thinking, creativity, the ability to find solutions, memory and many other things depend on how well your brain functions and therefore on a good sleep. In addition, this allows the brain to consolidate knowledge, which will make it easier for you, for example, to learn German or another foreign language.
Tip: Switch off your electronic devices 30min or more before going to bed. Otherwise the brain will have been over-stimulated so that you can fall asleep afterwards.
2. Eat foods that are good for your brain!
There are lots of foods that can increase the brain’s abilities, just as there are many that can reduce them. Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, junk food (full of fat) and soft drinks and those of the same family are in fact foods that should not be abused.
On the other hand, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as nuts, squash and black beans, spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and soybeans will have a much better effect. These fatty acids improve blood circulation and stimulate the function of neurotransmitters, which help your brain function properly. Not to mention magnesium-rich foods such as lentils and chickpeas and other foods responsible for cell to cell exchanges. It has been proven that a diet enriched with blueberries promotes learning and memorization, broccoli renews brain cells while stimulating the intelligence of older people. Wholegrain foods, such as bread and rice, high-fibre cereals, lentils and white beans, provide energy. In conclusion, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables would be more than beneficial.
3. Get enough hydration!
Drinking water is vital and is one of the main elements for our survival for both the physical and mental body. So make sure you drink at least one and a half litres a day as recommended by specialists. In addition, fruit or vegetable juices contain natural antioxidants such as polyphenols that protect and provide the brain with energy when it is functioning at high efficiency. Tea is also very beneficial as studies show that drinking at least one cup of green tea a day reduces the risk of psychological problems. In addition, this drink is also a good stimulant in the same way as caffeine.
4. Practice sport!
Physical activity can increase the amount of oxygen in the brain, make you feel jovial with the substances they release and protect your cells. What I find even more interesting is that physical activity can actually increase the number of neurons in the brain. As for sports activities, the choice is rather wide so choose one that really appeals to you and give it your all. In addition, sport reduces the stress that destroys your brain cells and damages the hippocampus, which allows you to keep memories and form new ideas.
5. Practice Meditation!
Above all, meditation deep enough helps to dispel negative thoughts, to be in tune with yourself and with others, to open your mind and to improve memory. I have been practicing it for a few years now and I can assure you that the results are very positive for my life. I will be doing an article soon on how I meditate. Write in comments if you are interested.
You can also do mindfulness activities – such as when you eat, focus on how you feel, how your meal smells, etc. This will help keep your mind awake and increase your attention at the moment.
6. Learn new things!
Whether it’s learning a new language, take up cooking or playing an instrument, it keeps your brain active and helps create and connect new neurons. Learning requires some effort, but in this way you will expand your knowledge and skills that will be visible and beneficial in many aspects of your life.
7. Take a break and relax!
Taking a break after a certain amount of time spent on an activity will allow you to maintain a certain coherence and continuity in your productivity and allow the brain to process the assimilated information. It is recommended that you do not spend more than one hour on any given task. Put aside what you could not finish in an hour and return to work a little later. During your break, think about doing something that will take your mind off things. Laughing for me is one of the best remedies. It stimulates certain areas of the brain, is a natural stress reliever and promotes the release of wellness hormones like dopamine that will make you feel fitter when you get back to your chores.
Some people who are ill may not be doing what you can do with your brain. So take good care of it.