If you discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory .
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Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day.
Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep!
Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consumed.
So remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish)
Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.
Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!
When you experience something ‘new’, that actually ‘stimulate’ your brain!
Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence level.
You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix them up!
It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis.
This means that every time you exercise, you are creating new brain cells!
Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created.
Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety.
Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.
Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables. It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.
Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!
Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with.
By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.
Curiosity may have killed that cat but it created super important things like electricity and computers!
Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time!
Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then. This exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships.
This means that if you engage in ballet or another form of structured dance, doing so mayfacilitate convergent thinking . In other words, it may help you find a single, appropriate answer to a problem. If you need help with divergent thinking (finding multiple answers to a problem), engaging in more improvised types of dance such as hip-hop or tap might just do the trick.
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