If you don't keep your mind active, studies have shown that your brain loses some of its functionality as you age.
What forms do this take? Memory loss, brain fog, and even Alzheimer's.
So what can you do to keep your mind well-stimulated?
Below are exercises and brain boosting activities.
Note: To get the most out of these brain boosting activities, mix them up and do a variety of them at different times. Just choosing one won't boost your brainpower, however, combining and alternating them will give your brain the added boost you need now and in the long run.
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Play games that challenge and stimulate your mind.
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- Picture Puzzles
- Strategy Games
- Crossword Puzzles
- Card Games
- Deduction Games (such as Clue)
- Visualization Puzzles
- Optical Illusions
Reading stimulates the brain as it activates your imagination.
Reading also helps with memory retention and problem solving, especially if you're reading a mystery. Also, self-help books stimulate your brain by helping you to think for yourself, as well as find solutions in your mind.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Studies have proven that listening to music strengthens the right hemisphere of the brain and actually changes the structure of it. Also, people who listen to music are shown to be more emotionally intelligent than those who don't.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Meditation is life-changing and affirming for the millions of people who practice it. Recently, there’s been some fascinating research into how practicing meditation can actually make positive changes to your brain’s structure.
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- Stimulate your brain with meditation. Meditation has been shown to increase your IQ, relieve stress, and promote a higher level of brain functioning. Meditation also stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the area of the brain responsible for advanced thinking, ability and performance.
Exercising helps circulate blood that carries oxygen to your brain. Over the long-term, exercise is proven to increase brainpower and even create new neurons.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Painting is shown to be an effective brain booster in that it sparks the creativity within you. Even if you've never tried painting before, give it a shot. You'll find that you feel more creative and may actually enjoy it.
Draw a picture. Like painting, drawing stimulates the creative side of your brain. So get out some colored pencils and start boosting your brainpower.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Don't underestimate the power of sleep. Our lives are so hectic and chaotic that most of us dont get adequate sleep.
Sleep clears out brain clutter and reduces brain fog. When you don't get enough sleep at night, your memory and normal brain function suffers.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing improves memory and thought expression. Writing articles, blogs, or journal entries stimulates thought processes, which also enhances brain function.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Deep breathing helps deliver oxygen to your brain. Oxygen helps you be more alert and awake. As little as 10 to 15 minutes of deep breathing daily can increase brain functionality.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omega-3's (Fish & Krill Oil).
Taking high-quality fish oil supplements is literally like membrane material for the brain. The two primary components in fish oil, DHA and EPA, strengthen the emotional center of the brain and boost focus.
** I personally take super high quality omega-3's DAILY.
Most of the fish oil you see or buy on the shelves at the store are useless or rancid.0 0 0 0 0 0 0