Boost your brain!

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Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the minutest details and quickly comprehend new things, and wished that you too could be like them? Well, you can. To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active. Wasting away on your sofas watching mindless televisions shows is not going to help. What can you do to help remember things better and learn new things quickly?

Your brain is a muscle

You need to exercise it regularly. The exciting fact is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All that you need to do is to invest a little time regularly to train your brain.

Your brain can change

No matter how smart, young or old you are, you can always increase your intelligence. Some people are naturally more intelligent than others. However, there are certain things everyone can do to increase their intelligence.

Explore your creativity: Everyone possesses some form of creativity; think of new and interesting ways to do something old or try something new. By exploring your creative side you are also simultaneously improving your intelligence. Find exciting ways in which to channel your creativity.

Brain games and puzzles: Take some time out to play a challenging brain game or puzzle. This requires thinking and concentration, and will help you focus. Playing puzzles like Sudoku make your brain sharper.

Take time to clear your mind: Stress can distress your brain. Stress and anxiety can get you bogged down and overwhelmed. A decrease in memory, in the ability to learn and think, and in self-control are some of the consequences of chronic stress. Also it contributes to a person feeling irritation, anxiety, tension and often being distracted. Take time to relax and think about circumstances and you will come to the realization that some things are beyond your control and not worth worrying about.

Maintain high levels of mental activity: Rather than immediately looking for a calculator or looking for information online, try using good old methods such as mentally figuring out the problem in mathematics or looking up a dictionary or an encyclopaedia. This allows you to use your brain instead of modern technology to find solutions to the problems you encounter.

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Salomy Chacko
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Salomy Chacko

Salomy Chacko is an associate professor at St Luke’s Hospital, College of Nursing, Shrirampur. She has a Master’s in Medical Surgical Nursing and is engaged in training GNM and B.Sc. nursing students helping them to be efficient in the healthcare profession.