Habits can be wonderful things. While most people think of habits initially as bad things you need to conquer, good habits are the ones keeping you on track, like reminding yourself to brush your teeth every morning or to drink water throughout the day.
Did you know there are habits you can add easily to your daily routine that will boost your brain power? Let’s look at five changes you can start today that will get you on track to creating the best version of yourself.Ruminating about things you can't control drains mental energy quickly. The more you think about problems you can't solve, the less energy you'll have leftover for more productive endeavors. – Amy Morin Click To Tweet
Healthy Habits Matter
This one should almost go without saying. Sleep is how you recharge and prepare yourself to face the new day. What you might not realize is sleep is what helps you to process your day.
Without deep sleep and the dream state, you would never be able to deal with whatever trauma you went through during your waking hours. By getting enough sleep, you’re hitting the reset button on your brain, allowing it to work through the rough stuff so you can start the next day with a clean slate.
2. Get Up When the Sun Does
Pay attention to Circadian rhythms. By starting the day at dawn, you’re putting your body in sync with the world around you. People who are out of sync are those who experience all manner of problems, from obesity to depression. To keep your mood stabilized, start the day early, and go to bed when it gets dark.
3. Walk that Walk
Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercises. When you think of good health, most people think of gym memberships but walking is an exercise that you probably do every day without a second thought. According to science, a good walk for 20 to 30 minutes can change your brain for the better.The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely. – David Cuschieri Click To Tweet
4. Practice Mindfulness
You might already know meditation will help you reduce stress, and give your brain a break. Were you aware meditation is also responsible for stopping loss of brain cells and even reversing the effects of aging? Meditate for at least 5 – 10 minutes every day to see a positive benefit.
5. Do Weird Stuff
To grow new connections in your brain and keep your neurons firing, you need to challenge it regularly. Take up a hobby, learn a language, or try something new for a definite jump-start to get your brain going.
Even doing the same old routine in an alternative way can have a positive benefit. So, brush your teeth with the opposite hand or try going a different way to work to jump-start the process.
As with any habit, the key is to do these things every day for the best benefit. Boosting your brain power is very simple. Commit to building new habits starting today. After all, there’s no time like the present!
Take a Break – once you go beyond a certain amount of time, doing focused tasks, eventually you find yourself either making mistakes or daydreaming instead of completing your work. When this begins to occur, it is a sign that your brain is tired and needs a break.
Checking your social media feed(s) is not taking a break and it is not going to give your brain the right kind of break.
A better option is to get up and leave your work area and go outside to explore nature and all the beauty it has to offer you. If the option to go outside is not possible, open the nearest window, breathe in the fresh outdoor air, and spend some time looking out the window.
When your brain is tired and needs a break, take the much-needed break and leave your smartphone in a secured area so that you are not tempted to answer it, reply to incoming messages, or worse, check your social platforms.
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