Get more sleep
In a perfect world, this would be at least 8 hours, but if all you can get is 6 or 7, make sure it is good quality sleep. Take a power nap (no more than 30 min.) in the afternoon if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity.
Exercise strengthens more than just your muscles. It releases endorphins that elevate mood and is a great way to reduce stress.
Eat dark chocolate
Yes! Finally, a legitimate reason to indulge in chocolate! A study has shown that the flavanols in dark chocolate increase bloodflow to key areas of the brain, boosting mental performance and alertness. More good news!…Flavanols are also found in red wine, green tea, and blueberries!
An hour yoga session will give your mind a chance to focus and meditate, strengthening the connection between your brain and your body. If you want to add some detoxification to your yoga experience, I highly recommend Bikrim Yoga.
Watch a psychological thriller
Not only will this stimulate your analytical thinking left brain hemisphere as you try to solve the mystery, it may also give you an adrenaline rush that will stimulate all your senses.
Laughing boosts your immune system, decreases stress, and improves mood. And that’s not all…it’s also contagious! Happiness is the healthiest state of mind.
Drink plenty of H2O
About 70-80% of your brain is water. Not drinking enough can cause headaches and tiredness from dehydration. How much you should drink depends on your lifestyle, but about 2 liters a day is recommended.
Sometimes that right hemisphere gets a little neglected. Let yourself get absorbed in a creative project or turn on some music and dance.
Learn something new
The brain needs a workout too. Learning a new skill or reading a book stimulates the brain and keeps it sharp. This becomes especially important as we get older.
Break a habit
Habits are a mental phenomenon. Challenge your brain by breaking a bad habit. It requires focus, persistence, and complete awareness of your actions. If you are breaking an unhealthy habit, like smoking, you will receive even more brainy benefits.
Positive thought may be the single most powerful brain booster of them all. You will be surprised what you can accomplish with a “glass half full” state of mind.
Can you add any more to the list? What do you do to boost your brainpower?
To a happy, healthy, productive life!