Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Are You Brain Fit?

We are busy humans, always on the move, conquering and taking charge of our destiny. With that comes stress, fatigue and worry. Our biggest problem is not bodily tiredness but mental fatigue, you know you have things you want to accomplish but can't do them due to brain fatigue. It's a case of the spirit is willing but the mind is weak. 

Like our bodies out brain can become unwell, this post will help you identify simple steps to take to boost your brain power.

Tiredness can lead to lots of other lack of focus as a result of absence of mind. Constantly forgetting where you kept things. 

Research has shown that there are ways we can get out brain to be at peak function. 
Here are 8 ways to become brain fit:

1.     Surfing the internet: Research shows that surfing the internet’s helps to stimulate the brain. While surfing, we have to make multiple decisions, which in turn engages the circuits in the brain associated with attention, memory and reasoning. You can play chess or other board gains online.

2.     Become Sociable : While there may be some benefits from surfing the internet, spending time with real people also helps the brain to be more efficient and helps build what is known in the medical field as cognitive reserve (spare capacity).  The stronger the reserve the more likely you are to stave off conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Become sociable again, reconnect with old network, and build new relationships. Take up a new activity like enrolling in a course where you can meet new people, however, do not forget to be in regular contact with friends and family. Have an excuse to call mum every day.

3.     Meditation: Meditation increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells, together, these boost mental sharpness.  Spend a few minutes daily meditating to improve focus, concentration and creativity. Brain images of regular mediators show more activity in the left prefrontal cortex. An area of the brain associated with feelings of Joy.

4.     Eat Your Veg: Several studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet which includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, oily fish nuts, seeds and olive oil, a little wine, can help to protect against brain diseases. In 2010, in a review carried out by researchers in the university of Florence, they found that eating the Mediterranean way was linked with a 13 percent lower risk of brain diseases.

5.     Simplify your Life: Life does not have to be complicated, introduce simplicity to everyday life by identifying what’s most important and eliminating everything else.

6.     Mental exercise: Become an avid puzzle solver, mental exercises like puzzles, memorizing names, shopping list, phone numbers, names, mental maths, dates etc, can help to protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s.

7.    Regular exercise: it's shocking the number of people who do no form of regular exercise. And I don't mean going to the gym. Aim to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times per week. Anything that raises your heart beat will do, like walking, running, jogging, swimming and cycling. Study shows that regular heart racing exercise is vital for overall good health and especially for brain functioning, this is due to the increase in blood circulation and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain

8.    Reduce your stress levels: it is easy to say, but how? Become good at planning, the reason we are often stress is we lack a system of handling day to day, weekly, monthly and yearly activities. Reduce stress by planning ahead, write things down. This will ensure you do things when you plan to do them there by bringing structure into your day

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