Surprisingly we use only around 10% of our brain’s capacity, yet we still rarely invest in training and improving our brain power. According to the old hypothesis, it was believed that we are stuck with the same brain we were both with, that’s not true anymore, a new theory has proved an incredible fact that our brains can change – Neuroplasticity. All you need to invest a little time to train your brain and do things consistently over a period to gain more control over your brain. Here are some simple ways to increase your brain power/capacity.
Get Enough Zzz’s
Sleep is very important in many aspects especially in the case of the brain it consolidates memory and learning. Sleep works as a mini detox for the brain. During sleep, the glymphatic system of the brain flushes out all the toxins (associated with the neurodegeneration) built up during the day. So get a good amount of sleep for 7-9 hours. The most effective hours of sleep is considered between 9 pm – 5 am.
Physical exercise not only helps to maintain your body in shape but also helps your brain to stay sharp. Exercise has multiple effects on brain – pumps more oxygen to the brain, helps in the bodily release of hormones and provide nourishment for the growth of brain cells, stimulates the growth of new connections between nerve cells and promote neuroplasticity. So try out aerobics, strength training, and weight training.
Learn Something New
When you try to learn or experience something new it will stimulate your brain. Do not get stuck in doing the same old things all the time. Doing or learning new things will create new neural connections/pathway and the increases the level of your intelligence. You could learn a new language, try a new recipe, take a new route to work, try a new form of exercise or learn a new creative skill as photography, landscape painting, pottery and so on.
Eat Healthy Foods
It is no surprise that nutrition plays a very significant role in improving brain health. Try some memory superfoods which are anti-oxidant rich that protect your brain from free radicals. Go for Omega-3-fatty acid rich foods as walnuts, flax seeds, and some fish. Also include colorful fruits, vegetables, and berries in your daily diet. Foods good for your body are also good for your brain.
Train With Mind Games
Brain is just a muscle and it needs exercise on a regular basis. Try out some crossword puzzles, solve riddles, play sudoku. Challenge your brain with the brain teasers which will have a positive impact on its growth. Some people who are active cognitively have a good memory as they grow old. So train your brain with all these brain games to sharpen your memory.
Multitasking takes a toll on brain health and its performance. Many people think that multitasking is very productive and is a necessary skill for staying competitive at work but it’s the opposite. When the brain is presented with more than one task at a time, it quickly switches back and forth between tasks. So it’s better to stop multitasking and concentrate on one thing at a time and be more productive.
Meditation generally involves focusing on a particular object especially on the breath. Recent neuroscientific findings revealed that meditation as a practice resulted in rewiring brain circuits (neuroplasticity) helped to boost brain performance. Meditation also has other benefits such as it reduces stress, blood pressure, improves attention and also help us to make smarter choices. Practice meditation for 15-20 min in a day to lead a peaceful life.
Yoga improves blood flow to the brain and soothes the nervous system. Yoga asanas such as sarvangasana,
Body’s stress response for a short period is perfect, but for prolonged periods it damages your brain cells and impairs memory. Stress is responsible for the release of a hormone, cortisol which damages and kills brain cells in the hippocampus area of the brain. Chronic stress is also responsible for premature brain aging. So relax, laugh out loud, practice deep breathing, feel the nature or listen to music to de-stress and improve your brain capacity.
When the house or workplace is in a mess, we are more like to forget things. Clutter may hinder our ability to get things done. An organized work space always helps you to improve your memory and cognitive ability. Have the things to do lists, note down the appointments, set a particular place to drop your things as keys, mobiles, and other accessories. So first organize/declutter your home to declutter your brain.
To improve your brain power/capacity it’s all about habits and habits take time to form or develop. Try to concentrate on one thing at a time and allow experimentation to test things and check out what works best for you.