Often stuck in mundane jobs all of us need to exercise those grey cells now and then. And playing a game on your tablet doesn’t cut mustard. According to the healthsite.com here are ten things you should do to stay sharp and prevent your brain from premature aging.
USE YOUR LEFT HAND MORE OFTEN
If you are right handed you should try and use your left hand for some simple tasks as much as possible. Or vice versa. Brush your teeth open jars doors etc. this forces your brain to establish a connection with a part of your body which used less. This forms new pathways in the brain preventing it from premature ageing.
Try keeping a diary. In this age of smartphones and computers we hardly write in long hand. But this actually helps your brain concentrate. Think about your day and write about it in your diary. It’s a great exercise for your brain as it breaks the usual thought process.
While we rely too much on our sense of sight we ignore our sense of smell. To activate the area in the brain connected to olfactory senses close your eyes at the dinner table and smell your food. Or at the market do the same exercise trying to identify the spices flowers etc with your eyes closed.
Try listening to music more often particularly classical music. It is said that classical music stimulates both sides of your brain simultaneously helping it to retain learned information better.
Try to reach more people and interact with them on a daily basis. The brain sent your arguments logically and communicate the right way to connect with people. The bonus is that your brain gets a workout while you impress yourself with your wittiness out there.
Remember how much you loved playing board games when you were young? So why stop now? Certain board games like chess ludo monopoly etc. put your brain to work making it think and remember your moves. This is a great way and fun way to enhance brainpower.
At times try to take a different route to work or home. Or just go for a drive down a road you haven’t taken before. This makes your brain take in new information through visual medium stimulating the visual spatial centre of the brain.
Laughing activates the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and other regions which releases dopamine. Dopamine is essential for cognitive thinking learning and retaining memory and attention. Deficiency of dopamine leads to various cognitive failures later in life.
Learning a new language will make your brain go over the fundamental details of the new complex information which will boost brain activity and better recall capacity. This will also help develop new pathways in the brain and prevent decaying of the brain cells.
Your feet have receptors that connect to your brain? Wiggling your feet early in the morning before getting out of the bed is a great way to exercise your grey cells. This will improve brain power if practiced daily.