The brain is a part of the body that constantly needs to be exercised to improve its strength. By exercise here, we don’t mean working out, running and the like. Exercise simply means any activity developed to sharpen a skill or ability. In other words, this article is meant to educate you on things you should do to sharpen your brain. Your brain can be compared to your kitchen knife, if it isn’t sharpened, it goes blunt.
Studies show that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number and size of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter. However, there are other exercises that help to strengthen the brain and they include:
Most people don’t pay attention to their thoughts. Our thought process impacts on our brain, positively or negatively. If you keep allowing your brain to dwell on negative thoughts, such as, “I can’t ever do anything right,” it automatically sticks… and can hold you back from reaching your full potential. Catch your negative thoughts before they go out of control and influence your behavior. Identify and replace all negative thoughts with thoughts that are more productive. Productive thoughts don’t need to be extremely positive, but should be realistic.
Mental strength also involves an understanding of when it makes sense to behave contrary to your emotions. For example, if you experience anxiety that prevents you from trying new things or accepting new opportunities, try stepping out of your comfort zone. If you want to continue to challenge yourself, don’t ever run away. Tolerating uncomfortable emotions takes practice, but it becomes easier as your confidence grows.
Try something new
Quit repeating the same thing every day, your brain is used to that. Try new things, learn new things. Learn to dance, pick up a new language or cook a new recipe… It stimulates the brain. Stimulating activities help to develop problem-solving abilities. These contribute to brain growth and development throughout a lifetime.
Check your beliefs
Whether you’re aware of your core beliefs or not, they influence your thoughts and your behavior. Sometimes, core beliefs are inaccurate and unproductive. Identify and evaluate your core beliefs. Dwell on beliefs that are productive and work on the unproductive ones consciously.
Do calculations in your head
Like me, figure out problems without the aid of pencil, paper, calculator or computer.