Do you know someone that seems to readily remember details, learn new things easily, and solve problems with little effort?
Must be nice, right? Well, hey, it’s possible that you can increase your ability to perform the same functions.
You’ve probably heard the saying: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But perhaps that isn’t true.
The human brain is an advanced machine, capable of logic, reasoning, emotion, and memory. Scientists have recently discovered that it is also able to rewire itself, adapt, change, and even grow new cells.
To harness your brain’s full potential, here’s a few things to consider:
This one is a given. We all know it’s important to exercise, but when you exercise, your brain exercises, too. Studies have shown that exercise can improve your brain functioning, particularly planning, organizing, and memory.
2. Eat lots of brain foods
Your brain is mostly fat and it requires omega-3 fatty acids to function properly. Omega-3 rich foods include fish, nuts, and seeds. Grab a bag of almonds or walnuts, and try to add fish to your diet whenever you can.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are also superfoods for the brain. They contain high levels of antioxidants which counteract the damaging and aging of our cells.
3. Imagine positive outcomes
Instead of stressing over a big presentation or project, think of positive situations and results. Focus your attention on preparing for that great outcome versus how it could go terribly wrong. Your brain responds better to positive thought.
4. Be creative
Get out of your usual routine and try something new, even as simple as taking a new route to school. Move your mouse pad to the opposite side or try dialing a phone number with your other hand. These seemingly small tasks force the brain to be ready for new and unexpected activities.
5. Play video games
Video games require your brain to be actively engaged using creativity, memory, reasoning, and physical coordination. Researchers found that doctors who play video games make fewer errors than their non-playing counterparts.
6. Listen to music
Music has the ability to trigger powerful connections in the brain, helping you to recall information, people, or a place. Use this to your advantage and listen to music while you study for an exam.
Laughter is the best medicine, and that is true for the brain in addition to the body. Laughing involves multiple regions of the brain and allows people to think more broadly.