Do things the hard way
Don’t be used to patterns. If you do something in a way, change it, try to find if you optimize it, do it better, more efficient in less time for example. Once you get used to a certain pattern, your brain will stop thinking. It is like to use a GPS all the time to guide you. If you don’t have it, you get lost. Or if you mobile break you are not able to contact anyone because you don’t know anyone number by heart. Most things in your life don’t come in an easy way and it is important to practice that.
Memorization is a good way to keep your brain active. There are proven brain benefits with memorization:
- Memorization is a good way to train your brain to remember things. When you exercise your brain, you give it the strength to retain and recall more information.
- You also can learn things quicker as you don’t have to go back and forth to remember what was learned.
- Challenging exercise is the key to staying brain fit. In their group of participants aged 55-70, these researchers noted that repeated activation of memory structures promotes neuronal plasticity in the ageing brain.
- Just as a strong working memory is good for learning, working memory is important for creativity as well.
- Researchers from the National Institute on Health and Aging have found that adults who went through short bursts of memory training were better able to maintain higher cognitive functioning and everyday skills, even five years after going through the training. Practicing memorization allowed the elderly adults to delay typical cognitive decline by 7 to 14 years.
Do Math in your brain or play with Puzzles
Our brain has two separate hemispheres or lobes: right and left with each one with different functions. The right side is responsible for emotions, creativity and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in logic and linear fashion. When you are able to use both the sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better.
Puzzles and mathematics problems help you exercise both the parts of your brain. Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When you try to put together in a puzzle or problem solve, you use both of the brain powers.
While working on puzzles, this intense activity works to exercise the brain cells and thereby activate them and increase their efficiency and capacity too.
There have been several studies like the MacArthur Study, that has found that people who have been used to doing jigsaw puzzles as well as crossword and were fully active stood to gain a longer lifespan and also lesser chances of falling prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems.
The brain produces a chemical known as dopamine that is chiefly responsible for learning and memory. The production of this chemical increases in the brain at the time when it is engaged in solving the puzzles or logical problems.
Learn a new language
Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto recently tested about 450 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Half of these patients were bilingual, and half spoke only one language.
While all the patients had similar levels of cognitive impairment, the researchers found that those who were bilingual had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about four years later, on average, than those who spoke just one language. And the bilingual people reported their symptoms had begun about five years later than those who spoke only one language.
Also, the research shows that bilingual people’s brains function better and for longer after developing the disease.
Read and Write
Reading train the brain. Oxford scientist proved that the proved the process of reading trains the cognitive abilities of the brain. It also activates areas that aren’t used at other times. While reading, blood enters the brain area responsible for concentration and cognition.
Writing can be a good exercise to help to fix the content in your brain.