I talked the other day about how to keep your mind sharp. Today, I have some additional tips for those of you who seriously want to do whatever you can to ensure you are being good to your brain.
Enjoy these tips:
- Get Enough Sleep:
If you are tired your brain cannot function properly. If you are tired YOU cannot function properly. Start by getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night to ensure that you awake feeling refreshed. Your brain will also have been able to process the information from the previous day when you get an adequate amount of sleep. This is one that I go back and forth on – there are times (like now) that I get so engrossed in my passion, which is helping others achieve their highest life, until I stay up late blogging or preparing information to share. Most of the time, however, I do get at least 6-7 hours of sleep. And, I listen to my body – when it starts alerting me that it is tired, I take the time to get adequate rest. Once I am rejuvenated, I can give you my best.
- Switch Things Up a Bit:
Habits are great but changing things up occasionally will keep your mind working to adjust to the new patterns of behavior. I love this concept because it works for me. Scientifically, doing this creates new neural connections in your brain, which keeps your brain active. For example, use a different hand to open a door or to comb your hair. Take a different route to the office or mall or simply rearrange your furniture or exchange you sock drawer for your underwear drawer. Any change like this provides the chance for your mind to make new connections, to be creative and to think.
- Be a Lifelong Learner:
Your brain needs regular exercise just like a muscle. The more you use it the better it performs. Try learning a new language or a hobby that requires you to learn a new skill, for example knitting or crochet. I know it was great for me to take ballroom dancing and learn to swim. These two things required new skills, which exercised my brain like crazy. Find something that stimulates and strengthens that brain.
- Read Regularly:
Developing a regular reading habit will keep your mind occupied and processing new information; especially if you are reading non-fiction books. Some of the greatest, most successful people in the world say they read all of the time, 2-5 books every single month. Some folks don’t read a book once a year and that is tragic. This is a no-brainer (no pun intended) for me. Reading causes you to grow and create something in you that was not there before. And, you will then be able to share with others what you have learned.
- Write Everyday:
Since today’s technology does not utilize some of the functions created by writing (I learned this from a teacher who trains other teachers on cognitive functioning), I strongly recommend you pick up this old habit again. Exercise your brain by writing or journaling – not on your laptop, computer or pad. Actually pick up a pen and write.
It doesn’t matter what you write. The act of writing not only improves your working memory but also your communication skills. Consider starting a journal as this type of writing is great for gaining clarity, problem solving and stress relief.
So, let’s put this to the test. Below are some actionable steps you can take to further your journey on sharpening that brain of yours.
Keep this in front of you and read it often – this is one of the steps to keeping your brain sharp and make sure you do the steps. As you give your brain attention and focus, it will respond and give you advantages you could never dream of!
|Try something new. Take up a new hobby or try a new route to work.||Switch hands when doing routine tasks such as opening a door, jar or combing your hair.||
Read something. Reading fiction will spark your imagination but reading non-fiction will spark your thought processes as you learn and store new information.
And, remember, I believe in you!
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