Regain Lost Ability – Natural Brain Boosting Practices for Your Sobriety
‘Everybody is a Genius’ – It’s a statement quoted from Albert Einstein, a man famous for his intellect, or to be more precise his brainpower. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t need any assistance in unlocking our true brainpower. As such, here are ten tips to naturally improve your memory and get your brain thinking in new ways to improve cognition.
Play Brain Games
Now, you might try to refute the quote ‘Everybody is a genius’ by giving a few examples of how you forgot your keys or even failed that math exam, but Einstein also stated that “…the person who uses his brain too little will fall into the habit of lazy thinking.”
By playing games that feed our brain like a Crossword puzzle, Rubik’s Cube, and Sudoku, we ensure that our brainpower improves steadily.
Exercise, exercise, exercise, we cannot stress that enough. Our body needs it and so does our brain. Exercising improves our blood flow. Blood carries nourishment and oxygen for both our body and brain! By exercising blood flow becomes faster and makes the transport of nourishment and oxygen much more accessible for our brain.
You might argue that you don’t have time for exercise but even taking those stairs instead of that escalator on the way to your work or school is already an exercise. Instead of taking that shortcut, why not take a route which is just a bit longer. That way, as you go to your work or your class, you are also multitasking by fitting in that exercise together with your hectic schedule.
By exercising you not only make your body fit but also keep your brain in shape.
Water is essential. It hydrates our whole body especially the brain. Dehydration or the lack of water in our body causes a lot of problems. It impairs the function of our brain. It can prevent you from thinking properly, makes recalling information more difficult, and a lot more.
We need water to not only keep our bodies healthy but also our brains. By keeping ourselves hydrated we are more mentally alert which means we can focus and concentrate better on what we need to do. Our memory and blood flow to our brain also improves.
While caffeine does stimulate our brain it also has negative effects like making us more jittery and nervous. Thus it is important that we drink water instead of energy drinks to keep ourselves hydrated.
Limit Eating Fatty foods
We say limit because we cannot avoid eating fatty foods. Let’s face it. It’s a guilty pleasure eating pizza, burgers, fries, and other fatty foods. It is alright to indulge every now and then but not every day.
Fatty foods can plug your vessels and thus also limit the blood flow to your brain. If the blood flow to our brain is limited that means that the nourishment and oxygen delivered to our brain are also restrained.
Let us keep this in mind. Let us limit fatty foods before it limits our brainpower.
Eat Vegetables and Fruits
Aside from keeping your body and organs healthy by preventing cardiovascular diseases, eating vegetables will also help retain the health of your brain. Eating vegetables and fruits helps improves memory. Carbohydrates are essential food for the brain as well as the vitamins that we get from fruits and vegetables.
Don’t skip breakfast
As they all say ‘Breakfast is the most important meal’. That is true, especially if you have a busy schedule or activities that require your brainpower. If your blood doesn’t carry any nourishment, your brain will have a harder time functioning because it does not have the energy that it needs.
Breakfast is not only vital for your body to have the strength that it needs to function properly but it also gives your brain the energy that it needs to think properly. It makes thinking and concentration harder for the brain if you do not have the energy that it needs.
Eating healthy is not the only thing that provides energy to your brain, sleeping properly is vital too.
Have you ever tried doing your work without or with poor sleep? Then you know how hard it is to even do your normal tasks properly while your brain feels like it is in a state between sleeping and awake.
Sleep is important because that is when your brain is sorting your memories about the events and your thoughts throughout the day. Sleep also revitalizes the cells in your brain. That is why if you want to have a clear and healthy functioning brain you need to sleep properly.
If you find it hard to sleep at night because your mind is too active, then you can try to practice meditation to calm your mind. By meditating, sleep will also come much easier.
Aside from its relaxing effect on the brain, meditation also helps your brain concentrate better. Meditation is also a great way to relieve stress. Your brain will be able to concentrate or focus better on the tasks at hand, by taking your mind off of the problematic things that trouble or stresses you. Stress can drastically decrease your brainpower and meditation is a great way to decrease stress.
Sometimes You Need to Spoil Yourself
Eating a few chocolates, walking in the park, listening to your favorite music, watching your favorite movies, and talking to your best friend – these are great ways to reduce stress and boost your brainpower.
Doing the things you love to do, in moderation, is a great way to reduce stress which causes mental aging. Depression also affects memory and that is why by keeping yourself happy you are also keeping your memory sharp and your brain clear. It can also disrupt your sleeping patterns and in turn, keep your body and brain lethargic.
Doing the things you love is a great way to reduce stress and depression. Let’s keep our memory sharp and clear by keeping ourselves happy!
Make sure to carry yourself with confidence. Don’t doubt yourself or your brainpower. Studies have shown that if you have more confidence in yourself you are less likely to get depression and anxiety which could affect your brainpower.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.