Our brain is the main guy who coordinates our body’s entire activity. For instance, if you arrive at work to meet a table full of unrelated tasks and while trying to grabble with these tasks, you suddenly get a call from your babysitter informing you that your little daughter hurt her foot and she’s bleeding, while on the other hand, your boss is on you for a job that has almost reached its deadline. This is one scenario that can send one’s system crashing.
Due to this constant all-day-long activity, it becomes important to engage in activities that will help the brain rejuvenate, refresh itself and also remain in a state capable of delivering optimum results.
A mind is a valuable thing to waste. You’ve heard the saying many times, but it truly does ring true. Your mind is your most valuable asset. You need to take care of it. So here’s a list of 10 things you can do every day to benefit your brain:
1. Take a nap.
Refreshing your body can also help you improve brain function, increase memory, and improve your mood. Even 15 minutes can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. So take a nap, feel refreshed, and help your brain all in one. Naps improve your brain performance, so why are you still awake?
2. Do something creative just before going to bed.
When you’re tired, your brain can be more creative. Take advantage! Whether you’re writing the next great Chimamanda Novel or dusting off the old paint brush and canvas, finding your creative outlet just before going to bed can yield great results. So tap into your inner Picasso and create something beautiful. Just don’t fall asleep with the brush in your hand.
3. Focus on one task at a time.
Did you know that it could be such a duty for your brain to multitask? By focusing on one task at a time, you can keep your brain working at maximum capability and accomplish more than you imagined. Find a task you need to finish and focus solely on it. Leave the phone in the other room, turn the TV off, and focus. Your brain will thank you.
4. A Little Exercise.
Ever heard this cliché “a little exercise leads to a healthier, better body”. Yes it is true and that extends to the mind. Find 15-30 minutes a day and get moving! You don’t need a gym membership or any fancy equipment. Just a walk around the neighborhood or your room can do wonders and benefit your brain.
5. Write. Like on a real piece of paper.
Computers, iPads, tablets, smartphones and the connection to the internet everywhere means it’s becoming less and less likely that you will pull out a piece of paper and write. But research suggests that writing by hand actually makes you smarter. So leave the computer on your desk during your next meeting and write your notes.
6. Take a multi-vitamin daily.
Your car needs oil, your smartphone needs a battery, and your brain needs nutrients. A daily multi-vitamin will ensure that you get your body what it needs. And it will help your brain according to research from the British Journal of Nutrition. Pro-tip: Take your mutli-vitamin with a healthy smoothie to get your day off to a great start.
7. Learn a new language.
Learning a new language is one of the best ways to benefit your brain. It forces your brain to adapt. Learning a language can enrich your life and help you explore new cultures, but also has great benefits for your brain. So grab your phone or search out a free app and learn something every day.
8. Play Words With Friends.
Word games are sometimes addictive but they also have great benefits for your brain! Research has found that Scrabble or other word games help increase your IQ and improve your brain power. So play your favorite variation of “Scrabble” and have fun with your friends while benefiting your brain.
Meditation is one of the best, oldest forms of relaxation. But it also helps your body and mind! The benefits for your brain found in this study show that meditation benefits nearly every part of the brain. So spend time every day in meditation! You’ll feel more relaxed and truly will be in a better state of mind.
10. Be optimistic.
Being optimistic not only helps you enjoy life, it also does wonders for your brain. When you think positively, research suggests that your brain can be a huge beneficiary. So start taking life with the glass half full approach and help your attitude and your brain.
Culled From: Lifehack.com