Optimise your brain’s health
YOU are in the middle of your college education, well on the way to being a working adult, yet you find yourself on a roller coaster when it comes to planning, motivation and even managing your temper.
It is not your fault – it is the way your brain is working. We used to think people matured at the age of 18. But thanks to science, we now know the human brain does not fully develop until we are about 24 – or sometimes even later.
This is important because the prefrontal cortex – the bit that lies just behind your forehead – is heavily involved in impulse control, complex planning, attention and decisionmaking.
Young adults are not as good at selfdiscipline as older adults. This means that you might have trouble arranging facts, taking risk into consideration and making decisions based on fact rather than emotion.
Scientists suggest training your brain by staying physically healthy. This means eating properly, getting plenty of sleep and staying off drugs.
You can also boost your overall development by challenging yourself cognitively with a rich learning environment.