How To Recharge Your Brain Power
The brain controls everything in the body and is responsible for so many important functions. It is perhaps no surprise that it is worn out periodically, and needs to be reenergized. Stress, fatigue, work, kids, family, traffic, financial worries and many other factors contribute to mental burnout that cause memory, focus and concentration problems.
Fortunately, we have many options available to us. Some of these options are discussed below; some provide instant effects, others need time to build up in the brain. Either way, these are 10 tips we should aim to follow to give our brain the maximum support.
1. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin found in the body, also called cobalamin. It is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of new blood cells. Low levels of B12 have been shown to have significant effects on the brain and its ability to function. B12 has a number of functions within the brain, predominantly focused on keeping the nerves and neural pathways healthy. This helps us to maintain concentration and attention levels.
Additionally, as we get older our brain shrinks in size gradually. Vitamin B12 can help prevent this, and in some cases, actually make our brain larger.
Vitamin B12 is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement or a prescription medication. The typical general supplemental dose of vitamin B12 is 1-25 mcg per day.
Certain foods have been proven beneficial to our brains, to recharge them and enable us to focus and concentrate more. Snacking on food such as almonds and walnuts, and eating fish as part of a main meal can have huge benefits for our brain. Other foods such as spinach, berries, and olive oil can help fight off signs of aging, dementia, and improve concentration and memory.
Listening to music has many benefits, although some types are more relaxing than others. Certain types of music such as classical or jazz have a brain stimulation effect that can help with increasing focus, creativity and concentration. Studies have shown listening to music has physical benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.
You can train your brain to change your brainwaves by learning meditation and relaxation techniques. However, it can take weeks, and for some people even years to learn to meditate properly so they can experience the proven and powerful benefits.
We can also modify our brainwaves for certain desired states by using binaural beats or brainwave entrainment audios. Binaural beats can help us get more easily and efficiently in the lower brainwave frequencies for meditation, or solving stress related health issues. They can also be used for super learning and increasing serotonin production. An interesting topic that we address in more detail in Great Mindset Magazine #2.
Exercise has been repeatedly shown to have many benefits, both physical and mental. Fitness or physical exercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain. Recent research from UCLA demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain — making it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections.
Even a short burst of exercise can have a huge impact on our brain function, stress levels, and overall wellbeing. It also provides a sense of routine, dedication, and achievement — all of which can help reset our brain into gear again.
5. Go Outside
The great outdoors is so called for a very good reason. Whether it is walking through the fields, a quick walk round the park on your lunch break, or a day-trip to the seaside, the peaceful scenery and extra oxygen will be beneficial to your brain.
Spending time outside can recharge our brain in many healthy ways. As a much-needed break from the stresses and strains of daily life it will provide you with a sense of relief, restore your physical, energetic, and mental connection with nature and therefore restore your general well-being and mental balance.
Having enough sleep is critical to so many parts of life. We struggle to function when we are sleep deprived, and can find it difficult to complete even basic tasks. Sleep enables our brain to process information and the body to perform vital tasks. When we sleep a sufficient amount, we should wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.
7. Healthy Snacks
Snacking is often promoted as a bad habit but if the right foods are eaten, they can have a hugely beneficial effect on our brainpower. Instead of snacking on crisps and chocolate, which can give a sugar high and subsequent crash, snack on nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables (like carrots) instead.
8. Brain Exercises
“Brain training” as it is often referred to, has been proven beneficial to brainpower. Similar to how physical exercise benefits the body and can leave us feeling recharged and energized, exercise for the brain can have the same effect on mental wellbeing. Simple and quick tasks such as puzzles can be completed relatively quickly and easily, and provide immediate benefits.
Obviously the previously mentioned brainwave entrainment techniques like listening to binaural beats, although a passive form of brain exercise, are very efficient. But if you want some more conscious activity you can try some brain enhancing game apps, or try out the new adult book coloring boom, which seems to have many benefits to the brain and mental state too. You can read more about this in our article Adult Book Coloring For Stress Relief
9. Read A Book
Reading a book has continually been shown to provide many benefits, one of which is to have a calming and recharging effect. Depending on what you read, a book can often provide a sense of escapism and distraction from the stresses of the real world. Concentrating on a fantasy world is enjoyable and promotes relaxation. Obviously you can also read books that teach you some new skills and techniques, however, try to define your level of mental fatigue before you choose the kind of books you want to read.
If you are already overly mentally engaged in work related topics, we suggest you steer away from another “work” related book. Although they might teach you crucial information to help you advance in your business or career, you will only add to the fatigue of your brain. Therefore, if relaxation is needed, find something that will make you relax, smile and dream away.
10. Be Sociable
Taking a break to spend time with friends or family can be incredibly effective at recharging the brain’s mental energy levels. It can be a welcome distraction from the stress of work and daily life, and can be an enjoyable break.