11 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

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

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!

Practice yoga

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.

Laugh

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.

Get creative

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.

Think positive

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!

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7 Comments

Filed under Balance, Motivation, Personal Productivity

7 responses to “11 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

  1. Fabulous post Michelle! I try to do the majority of these daily too (the struggle is always time of course!) It is so important to take care of all aspects of our lives in order to sustain a productive lifestyle. Thank you for the reminders! 🙂

  2. ireneyachan

    Thanks for the great post, Michelle! Now I’ll be drinking a lot of water and eating chocolate at work!

  3. Adil Harchaoui

    Great tips… our mind is super powerfull when we get it in the right postive frame.

  4. Thank you for your comment. those are valid points as well.

  5. For me, getting enough sleep and being in a positive frame of mind. If I am stressed or worried about something, my brain power lags.

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