‘You can not open a book without learning something’ – Confucius
The more you know the more fulfilling life will become. You will make deeper connections, discover new interests and become more equipped to reach your goals, manage your life and emotions.
The capacity of the average person’s brain vastly outweighs what they use it for. It never harms to build more knowledge within that capacity. For 400 years, scientists believed that we were stuck with the brain we were born with. Luckily for us, that theory has gone out the window.
Neuroplasticity is an amazing new theory that has proven one very incredible fact: Our brains can change.
This means that if you’re not very intelligent in one area – that’s okay! You have the option to literally change that area of your brain through a little training.
An easy way to think about it is: Your brain is a muscle – you need to exercise it regularly!
All you need to do is invest a little time every now and then.
Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everything. This could even be products, services and processes that you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis – such as the way the car wash machine works or the way a new building is being demolished down the street. Think of how you would or could improve upon everyday things. By being curious and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.
It’s been proven that exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise you are creating new brain cells! Get off the couch, and get moving! Your brain will thank you for it.
When you experience something “new,” you stimulate your brain. Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things; the only way to change the structure of your brain is to try new things. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence. You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix it up!
Discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license, etc.). Your memory is also a muscle that needs training, and modern technology has made us lazy! Don’t reach for the iphone; use the calculator in your head instead!
Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created. Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety. Try and take control of negative thoughts, and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.
Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20 percent of all nutrients and oxygen that we consume. So, remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (Think fresh fruits and veggies and plenty of omega 3s found in oily fish.)
Reading relieves tension and stress (brain-cell killers), because it’s a form of escapism. Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain, because you force your mind to picture what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination and fuel your creative genius.
8 Get enough sleep
Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day. Get to bed between the hours of 9 pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep.
We all have a story to tell and emotions to sort out. Keeping a journal helps bring relief to jumbled thoughts and worries. By expressing your life on a blank page you can clarify emotions, understand yourself more deeply. Reduce stress (the brain killer) and solve issues.
Knowledge is power in many ways – feed the brain.