How to Boost Your Brain Power
Your brain isn’t just for remembering your mum’s birthday. Throw a ball, turn the steering wheel or make a presentation at work – your brain controls everything you do.
That’s why you need to keep it healthy!
Luckily research has uncovered plenty of ways to boost your brain and keep your mind active. Here’s some of our favourites…
Go to the library
Go to your local library and find a book that challenges you. Maybe it’s a biography on someone you don’t really ‘get’, or a piece of fiction in a new genre. Stretch your brain with some new information, learn some new words and concepts, and sharpen your mind.
Hit the gym
It’s well known that exercise improves brain function – it promotes brain cell growth, improves learning and sharpens memory. Protect yourself from cognitive decline by staying active for 30 minutes a day – whether it’s at the gym, going for a weekend hike, or maybe a swim after work.
Foods have a direct effect on your mood, memory and general wellbeing. Eating well is not only good for your waistline, but good for your brain. For example, some nuts provide essential fatty acids that your body can’t produce alone, including omega-3s. Leafy greens like kale are full of B vitamins, which have been linked to high cognitive function.
Next time you’re feeling sluggish, reach for a packet of kale chips or a protein ball from your Snackwize box to satisfy your hunger pangs as well as boost your brain!
Do something completely different
The brain is like a muscle, and just like any muscle, it needs to be challenged and exercised to ‘grow’. Learning something new is exactly the sort of mental exercise that helps you do that.
Try to do something new every week or even every month. Maybe you could finally learn another language, or go rock-climbing, or take dance lessons. Start a small veggie patch or try to fix something around the house.
Adult learning helps to slow the brain’s aging process, which will keep your mind sharper for longer.
Go to sleep!
Without enough sleep, your brain becomes overstimulated, leading to a loss of overall cognitive function – including concentration and problem-solving skills. We all know that feeling of work just seeming to much harder after a bad night’s sleep. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night by aiming for at least 7 hours, and consider supplementing this with a quick power nap during the day.