5 Ways to Increase Your Brain Power

Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if we had unlimited brain power? How often do you think about your brain? Do you ever stop to marvel at its incredible power and supreme cleverness? Or at least check in and give it a little spring clean and a refurb from time to time?

From idea generation and meetings to crunching numbers and copywriting, there are a lot of different situations in which more focus and improved cognitive function would prove beneficial. You might be able to get much more than you expect done in a shorter amount of time or better yet, you might be able to solve questions to problems you never thought you could. 

Having unlimited brain power is something we all want!

The good news is that there are a number of different ways to improve your brain power, especially if you're willing to do some things consistently over a longer period of time. 

Here are 5 simple ways to increase your brain power to be able to perform better, think faster, live longer!

  1. READ MORE: Yes, you heard correctly, put down the audible and start to exercise your neurons by reading more. A study published in the journal Neurology found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, like reading, can slow mental decline. Researchers based their findings on results from 294 participants and concluded that people who frequently exercised their minds had a 32% lower rate of mental decline than those who exerted their minds less often.  Conversely, people who only infrequently engaged in mentally stimulating activities experienced a 48% higher rate of mental decline. Reading the news this way is a wonderful way to keep yourself informed about the world around, and to increase your cognitive prowess, all at the same time.
  2. BOOST YOUR PFC (prefrontal cortex) BY LEARNING SOMETHING NEW: How much more work could you accomplish if you were able to complete all of your required reading in one-third of the time? Or even half the time? Even slight improvements in reading time can save a lot of time long term. And many people report massive gains in reading speeds after building the speed reading skill. Speed reading is basically learning to understand the fundamental principles of the human visual system, allowing you to eliminate inefficiencies in your reading and increase the speed at which you read while also improving your retention.
  3. GET AT MINIMUM 7 HOURS OF SLEEP: We want to be better and perform at a higher level which means we are willing to do whatever it takes. This means, becoming better at sleeping. I know this may seem crazy to some “Louisa I am great at sleeping, as soon as my head hits the pillow I fall asleep straight away”. This is great but it is not the quantity of sleep I am concerned about, it’s the quality. Given the increase in pharmaceutical sleep aid prescriptions over the last ten years I would say that it is completely normal to want to learn more about sleep and how you can hack your sleep for better performance. When considering life changes for brain health and lifestyle health, one of the most important aspects to consider is sleep. We tend to not get enough sleep and our brains run on fatigue much of the time. We tend not to rest our brains during the day due to the demand of life and as a result, our brains are over-stimulated, stressed, and tired. So, consider this a permission slip to get a good quality night's sleep this week. The following is a simple list that you can start to incorporate immediately to get a good night’s sleep. Start priming your mind for sleep about two hours prior to hitting the pillow. This means no exercise or food two hours prior to falling asleep and it also means This means less bright lighting at night, as well eliminating, or at least dimming, computer screens and TVs. To make sleep extremely effective it would be beneficial to sleep in a pitch-black room. If you cannot do this then simply buy an eye mask which will block out all the light from entering your eyes. If you want to go to the next level, cover the lights from your computer and other devices with black tape. It is great to take magnesium on a daily basis and if you do, try taking it at night as it relaxes your mind and your body and prepares it for sleep. 
  4. USE YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND: There is a great way that we can all strengthen our neural networks and it is by exercising a part of the brain that doesn’t get used often. Writing with your left hand (if you are right-handed) helps strengthen the bridge between the left and right hemisphere of your brain. Using your opposite hand will strengthen neural connections in your brain, and even grow new ones. It's similar to how physical exercise improves your body's functioning and grows muscles. Try using your non-dominant hand to write. Use it to control the computer mouse or television remote. Brush your teeth with your other hand. You'll probably notice it's much harder to be precise with your movements. When I first started to brush my teeth with my left hand, it was hard to actually move my hand instead of my head.

How and when to use your non-dominant hand: 

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Pouring Drinks Milk
  • Opening jars
  • Scooping protein powder
  • Washing your body
  • Cleaning dishes
  • Buttering toast 
  • Carrying the car seat
  • Using can opener
  • Eating with chopsticks

 

5. PRACTISE VISUALISATION: Visualisation or using imagination

Did you know you can’t get anything unless you’re wired for it? Create your reality through conscious thoughts & action, wiring your brain for what you desire is critical for creating the perfect mindset for success. Never underestimate the ability of your brain. You are smarter than you think and you are stronger than you believe. You and your brain have the power to change your world. Just like your muscles, you must exercise your brain on a daily basis to watch it grow into something so powerful that you can overcome any challenge that comes your way! 

The human brain is an organ that improves through mental exercise and stimulation. The brain continuously adapts, grows and rewires itself through the growth of new neurons. If you think of your brain like a muscle that weakens if you don’t exercise it, you will be more inclined to use it daily. If you don't use your brain, it loses it’s brain power!