Boost Your Brain Power
Being fitness conscious, we exercise every part of the body. We have fixed exercise routines where we concentrate on one particular part of the body each day. How about the brain? Is it not a part of the body? Exercising the brain is as important as exercising any other part of the body. When you do this, your brain becomes razor sharp. Your mental faculties would not be subjected to the vagaries of ageing. But, if you do not exercise the brain, the brain cells become lethargic and dull. This is not a pleasant situation.
So, here are five ways to boost your brain power:
Crossword, scrabble, sudoku
Set aside, daily, about halfan-hour, to solve a crossword or a sudoku. You can choose those activities which sustain your interest. For example, you may opt for Scrabble or a card game or, better still, solve a jumble puzzle. But do it regularly.
Learn music or a new language
This is, often, a longcherished dream of many persons and they postpone it until the time of their retirement. Better late than never. Yes, it is wonderful to start learning something new at an age when the brain cells are not as active or as sharp as in earlier times. Enrol yourself in a language institute or a music school and set a routine to learn them.
When you learn something new, new patterns are formed in the brain which can actually sharpen the intellect and increase the sense of selfworth.
Do not miss out on sleep
Do not reduce the number of hours of regular sleep. The body and mind are conditioned for the fixed time and schedule of sleep. Just losing out on that can agitate the brain and make it irritated and confused. Lack of sleep often causes a decrease in cognition abilities.
If due to some reason, you have a sleep deficit of half an hour on a particular day, compensate that through a short nap during the afternoon. This reactivates the brain and helps you concentrate and accomplish more in a shorter span of time.
Research studies revealed that a nap of about half-anhour during the afternoon break, increased productivity in offices.
Get a blood test done as per your doctor's advice. The presence of high homocysteine can indicate poor brain health. As a solution, the doctor may suggest the increase in intake of foods rich in vitamin B.
Eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins B and E. These help in aiding nerve and brain health. Nuts like pistachchio, walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts all contribute to brain health. Also sources rich in vitamin B like whole grains, broccoli, cabbage etc, should be consumed regularly.
Avoid spicy and processed foods. They do not contribute to your health. Instead, they make you lethargic and obese, apart from making your brain dull and passive.
Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. The best source is fish oil capsules. Consume them as per the doctor's advice. Meditation and deep breathing
The above two are sure shots which aid in brain health. Start meditating, at least for 10 minutes, every day. Concentrate on your breathing during meditation. Be aware of the cool air that gets in through the nostrils. Also, feel the hot carbon dioxide that is exhaled. Similarly, allow the free flow of thoughts in the brain. Do not be judgemental about them. Neither try to stop thoughts, forcibly. Instead, be mindful of what is happening inside you. Watch the thoughts like an outsider who has absolutely no control on them. A million thoughts would come, disturb you and vanish. Let this happen. As you progress in meditation, you'll notice that you’d reach a thoughtless state where your intuitive senses begin to develop. Aim for such a state.
A 10-minute meditation is equivalent to an hour of sleep. That sums up the importance of meditation.
So, keep your brain sharp to stay smart. We
START MEDITATING, AT LEAST FOR 10 MINUTES, EVERY DAY. CONCENTRATE ON YOUR BREATHING DURING MEDITATION. BE AWARE OF THE COOL AIR THAT GETS IN THROUGH THE NOSTRILS.