Improving your brain’s functioning lies in exercising the brain. By that I mean that the brain will only function as much as you tell it to do so; in other words using your grey matter in ways that count.
Challenge your brain power by thinking and interacting or doing things in different ways. Learning to play a new instrument or learning a new language all adds up to giving your brain something to work with. Joining interest groups or even reading to increase your knowledge gives your brain a chance to work out things, think and picture.
A sudden decline in memory and concentration are signs of a decline in sharpness of the brain. This could be due to health reasons, ageing or stress, but the idea is to find ways to stimulate the brain. Doing crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles are all brain-training games and so are all day activities that involve high levels of focus.
Taking a dance class or an aerobics class with intricate steps will require focus as long as you apply yourself wholeheartedly.
New experiences and good memories lead to different types of stimulation, which creates anticipation, which is all good for the brain.
Stress, either mild or chronic, creates an imbalance in the brain’s synergy. Your body will be alerted through physical exhaustion, developing a cold or flu and experiencing mood fluctuations.
Surprisingly, social interaction can decrease dementia, which in turn helps prevent a build-up of stress hormones. Making time to interact with family, friends and acquaintances all help in decreasing stress. One of the most effective ways to obtain new brain cells is exercise.
Regular exercises like walking and cycling strengthens arteries that supply oxygen to the brain. We also need rest, so good quality sleep is essential to improve mental functioning.
As we sleep certain neurons regenerate and all new information learnt is stored. So the next time you decide to sit in front of the television or play a fast track game on the computer, consider picking up a book or solving a crossword puzzle, which is guaranteed to feed the brain.