13 Quick Fix Tips for Boosting your Brainpower

The benefits to keeping your mind active are well documented. Studies clearly show that your brain naturally loses some of its functionality as you age, plus throw in some alcohol, stress and pressure, not enough sleep and less than perfect diets and it's no surprise that sometimes we find our brains just not performing as well as we want them to.

And on the other side of the coin, we know a well-stimulated brain gives you a feeling of being full of energy, elevates your mood, makes learning new skills and knowledge easier, and in turn helps your body to heal and repair itself more effectively.

Here are 13 'quick fix' brain boosting activities, if you can manage just a couple of these each day you'll be able to keep your mind feeling sharp and fresh:

1. Many games can stimulate your mind by providing it with challenges. Good games to boost your brainpower are: Puzzles, Strategy Games, Crossword Puzzles, Card Games, Optical Illusions and visual puzzles

2. Reading is one the best activities you can do to stimulate your brain. Research has shown it activates your imagination and improves your memory. Give a mystery or detective book a try to get a boost in your problem solving too.

3. A good oxygen supply is essential for a healthy functioning mind. Exercising improves your body's circulation and in turn that allows your blood to carry more oxygen to your brain. Over the long-term, exercise has proven to increase brainpower, create new neurons and strengthen the already existing neural connections.

4. Meditation has been shown to increase your IQ, relieve stress, and promote a higher level of brain functioning. Meditation also stimulates the prefrontal cortex; this is the area of the brain responsible for advanced thinking, including: complex cognitive behaviors, personality expression, and decision making.

5. Deep breathing is another great way to get a boost of oxygen to your brain. As little as 10 minutes of deep breathing daily can increase brain functionality, and will make you feel immediately more awake and alert.

6. Provide your brain with the essential building blocks it needs to repair, strengthen and grow new neurons. Fish oil supplements have been shown to strengthen the emotional center of the brain and improve your ability to focus and maintain concentration.

7. Listening to music increases both the number and density of neural connections in the right hemisphere of the brain, this will give your brain access to more resources when problem solving and more likely to come up with creative solutions.

8. Writing, particularly personal (such as a diary) or creative writing, improves memory, emotional awareness and expression and creative thought processes.

9. Get a good 8 hours sleep! Sleep is essential for your brain integrating new knowledge and experiences. When you don't get enough sleep at night both your memory and speed of information processing significantly suffer.

10. Let out your creativity. Painting or drawing have shown to be effective brain boosters . Even if you think you can't paint or draw it doesn't matter just give it a shot. You'll find however it turns out that you feel more creative just for doing it.

11. Make sure you have breakfast. A good breakfast supplies energy to the brain and body for the whole day. When you skip breakfast, you body tries to conserve its resources and that means you'll be thinking and acting slower.

12. Getting up for a walk allows you to clear your mind and thoughts. Not only is it good exercise for your body, the change in environment provides new and changing stimuli for your brain, this gives it a chance to wander freely, clearing it of any troublesome thoughts and giving you the opportunity to consider new perspectives when tackling a problem.

13. Drink some fruit juice. Fruit juices are a concentrated source of nutrients that revitalize and refresh the brain. The juices containing the most useful nutrients for improving brainpower are blueberry, cranberry, blackberry and pomegranate.

All of these activities will give your brain a temporary boost, but if you want to get bigger and more permanent benefits you should combine and alternate the activities over a sustained period of time. This variety will encourage multiple areas of your brain to grow new cells and establish new connections. By sustaining the activities these extended connections and enhanced patterns of thinking will become natural to you.


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