Our brains and bodies have immense potential – much more than we realize. In order to improve your mental power, what you need to do is take care of your brain the same way you do with your body when you exercise.
Whether you are a professional trying to stay intellectually sharp, or a senior looking to preserve and to improve your grey matter, there are a number of activities you can engage in that will increase your intellectual performance.
When you exercise regularly, the brain increases its oxygen levels. This not only lowers the risk of diabetes, which produces memory loss, but also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, exercise intensifies the production of brain chemicals responsible with the reduction of stress hormones. By having a simple 20–30-minute routine you commit to every morning you can help your brain be alert throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if the exercises are easy or complete, both will have the same result: clearing mental fog by pumping clean blood to your brain.
Sufficient and restful sleep is critical for acquiring new knowledge and memory improvement. During the night, the brain flushes out toxic waste, but the quality of that cleanse depends on the quality of your sleep. Keeping a regular sleep schedule and cutting down on alcohol and coffee, as well as eating lightly before bedtime, are considered the best methods to ensure good sleep hygiene.
Hobbies are not only a way to pass and enjoy the time, but also an opportunity to push your brain to learn new skills and engage in activities that can help boost your mental power through voluntary concentration. You can pick up a new instrument, put together a jigsaw puzzle or learn a new language, they are all useful activities that can preserve and improve your grey matter. With modern tecnology, playing online games becomes the easiest way you can exercise and challenge your brain from the comfort of your house.
Still underrated in many countries, meditation is considered one of the most beneficial activities for mental health that both young people and seniors should do. Meditations allows you to connect with your inner self and unblock your brain. By practicing it for only 10-20 minutes daily, you can reduce anxiety levels and prevent age-related brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Much like your body, your brain demands rich nutrition. Try to eat a diet that contains fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (olive oil, nuts and fish), whole grains and lean protein. While starving yourself is not recommended, avoiding foods that contain saturated fats and are high in calories can help. Also, sticking to a moderated amount of alcohol and coffee consumption is recommended for a good mental function which will slow down the possibility of brain disease.