Eight Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

We’re often told that memory declines with age along with other cognitive functions like reasoning and responses, but there are ways to rewire our brains. So if you want to boost your brain power, be ready for some mental exercises through the following tips and techniques.

  1. Exercise makes your brain bigger: Exercising increases synapses, creates more connections within the brain and helps extra cells to form. Better cardiovascular health also means you are carrying more oxygen and glucose to the brain and removing any nasty toxins.

Tip: Bring together exercise with exploring a new environment, new ways of doing things or idea-sharing. This way you’re more likely to get those new nerve cells to form a proper circuit.

  1. Memorise on the move :A technique underpinned by research and long recognized by actors: if you rehearse words or try to learn something while you move around, the information is far more likely to stay put.

Tip: The next time you have a presentation or speech to learn, or a busy schedule to get your head around, why not take a wander or do a dance to help those memories stick?

  1. Eat the right foods to fuel your brain : About 20% of your body’s intake of sugar and energy goes to the brain, making brain function entirely dependent on glucose levels. If your sugar levels aren’t controlled your mind can feel much more messy.

Eating food that you love releases the chemical dopamine in the reward area of the brain, which is why you get pleasure from eating it.

Tip: Brain cells are made from fats, so it’s important not to eradicate fat from your diet.

  1. Switch off and zone out :Some stress is necessary because it helps us to respond quickly in times of emergency: it produces the hormone cortisol which, in short bursts,

gets us energized and helps us focus. But prolonged anxiety and high levels of uncomfortable stress are really quite toxic for the brain. It’s therefore crucial that we learn to switch off every once in a while to enable that part of the brain to rest.Tip: If you find it hard to wind down then why not try relaxation techniques such as meditation or mindfulness which can help stress hormones return to more helpful levels.

  1. Find new ways to challenge yourself : A key way to boost your brain is to challenge it to do or learn something brand new. For example, going to an art class or learning a new language enhances the flexibility of your brain.

  2. Get your groove on :Evidence suggests that music stimulates the brain in a very unique way. When you look at the brain imaging of somebody who is listening to or playing music, almost the whole organ is active. Music may enhance general cognition, and musical memory is often the last to fade if we’re affected by conditions like dementia.

  3. Study for an exam in bed : If you learn something new during the day a connection forms in your brain between one nerve cell and another. When you sleep that connection is strengthened and reinforced, and the thing you’ve learnt becomes a memory. Sleep is therefore a really important time for memory consolidation. If you give somebody a list to memorize before sleep they will remember it far better the next morning than if you gave it to them first thing in the morning and asked them to recite it at the end of the day.

  4. Wake up well : We all know sleep is important. Less than five hours of sleep and you’re not as sharp mentally, whilst more than 10 hours and you can feel jet-lagged. But the key to helping you perform at your best throughout the day is all down to how you wake up. Ideally, sleep in a dark room and wake up with gradually increasing light. This light penetrates through the closed eyelids and primes the brain so that we have an enhanced awakening cortisol response. The amount of the hormone cortisol in your body when you wake up has a great effect on how well your brain performs in the day ahead.

  • Source: ” bbc.com/Arabic”

 

 

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