If you are bothered about “losing it” as you age, you would certainly want to do everything that you can to keep your mind in top shape. Boosting your mental prowess is not an impossible feat, nor does it have to be particularly grueling. I’m pretty sure you have already heard about mental exercises like solving Sudoku or crossword puzzles to keep yourself mentally sharp. But those aren’t the only proven ways to exercise your brain muscles.
Daily Habits to Enhance Brainpower
- Get a good night’s sleep. It goes without saying that getting enough sleep everyday is crucial to keeping your brain healthy. Though there are still a lot of studies needed to establish the strong correlation between memory, sleep, and learning, most experts agree that getting adequate sleep is one of the best things you can do to learn or memorize things. Besides, sleep deprivation is only going to leave you feeling sluggish and even forgetful so see to it that you always get those recommended seven to nine hours of slumber each night.
- Indulge yourself with power naps. If you managed to get a full night’s sleep, that’s great – but a cat nap is necessary, too, every so often. Power naps can help us feel refreshed in a short span of time and boost up our energy levels enough to carry us through the rest of the day. In fact, a study revealed that while those who take a nap for about 90 minutes on a regular basis tend to show improvements in their memory, those who take extremely short siestas (ones that only last a few minutes) can also have positive effects on both concentration and learning.
- Stay hydrated. Try chugging a glass of water right now and you would most likely feel more alert right away. Drinking lots of water can help improve our energy, keep the mind alert, and even curb hunger. Also, one study in 2006 established that people who drink more fruit and vegetable juices had a reduced chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Break your routine and practice an instrument. Another trick to improve brainpower is breaking your daily routine once in a while. We all know how monotony in our daily activities can sometimes be off-putting and can make us become stagnant. Everyone needs a little variety from time to time to keep our brain on its toes. In addition, remember that music stimulates the brain, and learning how to play a new instrument is one of the most complicated yet glorious ways to exercise not only our mind-body connection and learning but also memory and coordination skills.
- Keep a handwritten journal. Although it might take a while at the beginning, try to take the time off digital distractions as it can help you concentrate. I bet you are familiar of how it feels like to just sit and read for a few hours without interruption, and experience that deep and satisfying sensation of being completely absorbed by a book. It’s essential that you practice this same mental focus on a regular basis in order to preserve your mind’s ability to focus. One effective way to do just that is to sit down and journal daily. Not only will it help you concentrate but writing has been discovered to help clear the mind (almost in a therapeutic way), and even sharpen it.