In today’s fast-paced society, good life and living must be made by the sweat of the brow and the performance of the mind. Just like any other natural function, thinking and mental processing can be greatly enhanced or impaired by adjusting some very basic human activities and even taking advantage of brain-boosting compounds of all types.
If you have been feeling a bit sluggish mentally and looking for a way to boost your brainpower, here are a few practical suggestions.
1. Sleep Better
Sleep is an essential part of regulating body functions and has an especially important role in the way the brain accumulates and stores the information it experiences during the day. If you are getting between 6 and 7 hours of sleep each night and at a regular schedule¸ you can expect your mind to work fluidly for longer. Tired brains are more prone to stress and have a harder time concentrating.
2. Eat Better
You wouldn’t last very long if you committed yourself to an intense regime of physical activity on a poor diet, because the body needs the energy to function. The brain is no different and the myriad of special brain chemicals and the energy to run the highly-advanced chemical synthesis that creates them requires a stable healthy diet to run optimally. It is especially important to be getting the full array of vitamins and minerals that make up the ingredients for creating chemical communications. And don’t forget Vitamin D, which the body gets from absorbing sunlight.
3. Good Exercise
The body has a variety of functions and each of them will affect all others for better or for worse. Getting regular exercise is not only important to keep the muscles, joints and muscle mechanisms of the body sharp and on point, but it also improves the function of the brain and other organs through improved circulation. This doesn’t mean you need to be an Olympian athlete, but you will find your brain functions better when it gets its regular exercise.
Meditation has an air of mystique and eldritch wonder about it, but it is really one of the most basic functions of the brain and one that is simply overlooked. Taking the time to rest the mind and allow your mental focus to fall on something as simple and rhythmic as your breath has great potential for boosting the performance of the mind. One of the most notable benefits is the capacity to focus on a single task more effectively and cycle through various mental processes with fluidity and acuity.