Have you ever felt like your brain is functioning slower? Like you suddenly forgot where you have placed your keys that you were holding in just a minute ago? Well, our brain needs exercise just like muscles. If you use it often correctly, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. But if you never use your brain, or abuse it, your ability to think and learn will weaken.
Here are simple ways on how a person can squeeze a bit more productivity out of the old gray matter:
Exercising always leads to greater learning because it improves productivity during the time afterwards. Get physical, and exercise your body. Keeping your body fit as well as your mind is a great and scientifically proven way to enhance brain power.
People love sitting around in front of the television and the problem is watching television doesn’t use your mental capacity or allow it to recharge. Reading gives much more exercise to your brain cells because of analysis and imagination. When you feel like relaxing, try reading a book instead. If you’re too tired, listen to some music. All of these things use your mind more than television.
Reading enhances the mind’s ability to comprehend, as well as encouraging you to think critically. Reading a book that you have never read before broadens your horizons, thus increasing your IQ. Reading different genres is even more productive, as well as reading newspapers, current events magazines, etc.
Be active in your community, with social media and with the world around you. The more you are involved with other people, with other opinions and other ideas, the more you will learn. You may not always agree with what you learn or find out, but by challenging your fixed ideas, you will strengthen your own beliefs or adapt, grow and adopt new beliefs based on new information.
Often our lives get so hectic that we become overwhelmed without even realizing it. It becomes difficult to concentrate because nagging thoughts keep interrupting. Spending some time alone in reflection gives you a chance to organize your thoughts and prioritize your responsibilities. Afterwards, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s important and what isn’t. The unimportant stuff won’t bother you anymore and your mind will feel less encumbered.
Once you become good at a particular skill, your brain stops working as hard. It doesn’t expend the resources or trigger that rush that helps make you smarter. Feel free to continue to hit the competition in Scrabble, but keep finding new “brain games” to explore. Work on challenging your brain in new ways.
Just like sitting at your desk all day is bad for your physical self, sitting in the same mental seat all the time is bad for your brain. To break out of that, make it a lifelong goal to continually learn new things.
Part of “being smart” is being aware of things at a higher level, and understanding (or developing an understanding of) the connection among events around you. Being observant requires a person to take time to study the life which results to new discoveries. Ever wonder how scientists invented their masterpieces? It’s simply because of they are “curious”. Observers are curious beings.
If you succeed in following the said things, you’ll surely be rewarded with increased mental perception and retention of knowledge.