Prioritize Sleep Quality Research has shown that the brain needs time to recharge for the next day, which often happens when we are sleeping. Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep can mean more than a change in brain function and mood; it can also have adverse effects on one’s personality and ability to learn. Source: Science World […]
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Strengthen Your Strategic Attention Think back through your day. How often did you spend more than ten minutes on one task at home or at work? Take note of how many sidesteps arose because of multitasking or being pulled off task by distractions. Try this brain challenge: Practice strategically attending to a core task for […]
Practice Synthesizing Complex Information Stretch and challenge your mind to construct deeper-level, abstract ideas. Continually interpret incoming information as often as possible. For example, practice devising a newspaper-like headline to capture the essence of what you experienced during a meeting or social gathering.
Utilize Your Brainpower to Brainstorm Think back to one of your favorite movies or books from the past year. Challenge yourself to generate five different take-home messages that could be gleaned from the movie or book. Look back over your list. Which lesson would influence your life the most and why?
Food for Thought: Chocolate and Your Brain Adding dark chocolate to your daily diet could benefit your brain, according to Italian researchers. “Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” said researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy. Studies have found that the cocoa bean is […]
Give Your Brain a Well-Deserved Break Your brain works hard twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Reward your brain by giving it a break for five minutes, five times a day. Ideally, these breaks should be distraction-free (from your phone, radio, tv)– they should be dedicated chunks of time that allow your brain to rest and recharge […]
Motivate Your Brain – Try Something New Your brain takes pleasure in exploring areas that motivate you – take that motivation a step further to learn new and exciting things. Learn how to make a new dish, read a book outside of your usual genre, or mix up your workout routine. Focusing on what matters […]
Strengthen Psychological Fitness with Gratitude Research has shown that focusing on acts of gratitude can increase human performance in a multitude of ways. From exercising more per week to writing down something about work that you are grateful for, you can significantly increase job satisfaction and improve relationships with your peers. Source: Forbes
Take a Break to Cultivate Creativity A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves creativity and that skipping breaks can lead to stress, exhaustion, and creative block. The ideas you have while commuting or in the shower are not coincidental. They’re a result of you taking a step back, […]
What are motor neurons? Motor neurons are the nerve cells in the body responsible for controlling movement. Each time you voluntarily move an arm or leg, or when your lungs involuntarily expand and contract, signals from the brain are sent along a chain to the spinal cord, where motor neuron cell bodies reside. These motor […]