Brain Training Tips For Better Brain Health

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brain healthA lot of people spend a lot of time focusing on their physical health. They join expensive gyms, buy fancy exercise clothes, and wake up hours before they need to be at the office to make sure that they have time to go for a run.

It is understandable that people are so concerned with their physical health, but the question is, why do they often ignore the health of their brains? Our brains are our most important organ, and so we should do more to keep it healthy.

This will help us with our memory abilities, as well as our ability to analyze situations and solve problems. There are a lot of ways that you can easily boost your brainpower. Some of them are also good for your physical health, and many will improve your general state of mind. Below are some brain training tips to get you started on the path to better brain health.

Brain Tip #1 – Get more sleep.

Did you really need another reason to go to bed earlier? If you are noticing that you do not feel very sharp during the day, it might be because you are not sleeping enough at night. You should spend the time to get enough sleep, it will make your waking hours significantly more productive. Your body and your brain will both thank you.

Brain Tip #2 – Start meditating.

Meditation is a top way to reduce stress, and stress is probably the worst possible thing for your brain. (Stress is also bad for your physical health, and can lead to hair loss, acne breakouts, and other physical ailments.) Meditation can be done in a number of ways, depending on your preferences and lifestyle. Consider buying a book on meditation to learn more about it.

Brain Tip #3 – Play Sudoku and other brain games.

Sudoku is an excellent tool for building your brainpower. To start, the rules are easy to understand, no matter if you are a math person, a humanities person, or neither. Second, there are an infinite number of available games that you can get for free. You can play Sudoku in your newspaper, on your iPhone, or on Facebook. Crossword puzzles are also fun, and so are games like Scrabble.

Brain Tip #4 – Get more exercise.

If you already get a lot of exercise, then great, you are doing well. But if you are not exercising enough, then it is not just your physical body that is suffering for it. You are also hurting your brain capacity by not getting enough physical activity.

If running on the treadmill sounds like a total bore, try something a little more fun like going for a nature hike, a long bike ride, or even just a walk around the block. More exercise will benefit you in countless ways.

Brain Tip #5 – Tell more stories.

Storytelling is a common treatment for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s but it can also be used to sharpen your brain when you are in good health. It is a great way to improve your memory. Simply start telling stories to your friends and family, even if the story is just about what you did that day and is not particularly entertaining. You can also tell stories to yourself in the mirror.

Brain Tip #6 – Eat healthier.

Like doing more exercise, eating healthier will provide you with countless benefits. You will feel better if you eat less potato chips and more salad, and you will also quickly start to look better.

Cut down your red meat and eat “brain food” like fish instead. Always make sure your plate has plenty of green vegetables on it. If you can buy your food locally, do that, too, and you will also be supporting your local economy and the environment.

Brain Tip #7 – Have a good time with your friends and family.

It is no lie that “laughter is the best medicine,” and so you should make sure your life is filled with it. Spend time with the people you love, especially the ones that make you laugh.

Your brain will function better if it has the opportunity to relax and enjoy itself. Laughing more and telling jokes will also improve your emotional intelligence and you’ll find the more time you spend with other people, the better get at it.

Steven Madison is a blogger for anatomynow.com.  Steven writes about human anatomy and other various health topics.

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