Rapidly Improve Your Brain In 30 Days

Rapidly Improve Your Brain In 30 Days

Everyone has the potential to improve and optimize their brains, all it takes is a few slight adjustments in your lifestyle routines. We all desire to have a better, smarter brain that processes information faster and remembers that information in a second. Here’s how to rapidly improve your brain in 30 days.

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Some people say that certain individuals are born with the gift of having a brilliant mind, I wouldn’t say it is a gift, more of a technique that these brilliant minds that have come and gone learnt how to utilize. Minds like Einstein and Stephen Hawking don’t have any more brainpower than the average person, but what they did differently was to use their brains more efficiently.

You can all probably agree with what I’m about to say, there is a good chunk of the Earths population that don’t use there brains to its full potential in their normal daily life. In a nutshell, your brains health is a product of your daily routine and habits. To overall improve and optimise your brain, you only need to make small adjustments to your day to day routines.

You may have heard the saying “It takes 30 days to form a habit”. And its true, 30 days offer you a realistic time frame to adopt new habits that become second nature, helping you get smarter and think clearer and better. To get the best results, the 30 days also allows you to have enough time to make these habits challenging. In a month you can adopt these habits to ultimately boost brain power, improve your mental health and focus on building a better brain.

Drain Your Brain To Exhaustion

One of the best ways to exhaust your brain is to keep challenging yourself with an array of whole new experiences that your brain has never done before. Also, you may already know some habits that your brain becomes exhausted from already, keep this up and DO MORE! Your brain is like a muscle, when working out you work a muscle to the point of failure. This is what our brain needs too, your brain needs exhaustion to grow and develop.

Like I mentioned before, start thinking about taking up a new cognitively demanding activity, something you have never done before, or maybe an activity that you have always wanted to do but never got round to it. For instance, I decided to learn the guitar and keyboard, took up astronomy, started reading more to self-improve myself, and other activities I have recently added are learning Russian, running and have begun writing my first ever book (something I’ve always wanted to do). All these new challenges are more likely to boost brain processing speed, strengthen synapses, and expand or create functional neurological networks.

Dr Jennifer Jones, a psychologist and expert in the science of success quotes – “When you’re learning something new, and your brain is feeling like it wants to take a nap, that’s when you know you’re doing things that are growing your brain neurologically, not just maintaining it”.

With the way the human brain works, every time you learn something, you create new neurological connections and pathways. And with the more connections you can maintain the easier, it will become to retain the new information in the future.

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Minimalize Your Comfort

We all know that when you’re in your comfort zone, it provides a state of mental security. In fact when your really comfortable and happy with life, your brain can release chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which lead to happy feelings.

But the truth is that comfort can be bad for your brain in the long run.

“Without mental stimulation dendrites, connections between brain neurons that keep information flowing, will either shrink or disappear altogether”.

Having an active life has been found to increase dendrite networks in the brain and also increases the brains regenerating capacity, known as plasticity.

Norman Doidge in his book, The Brain That Changes Itself, says “Neglect of intense learning leads plasticity systems to waste away”.

“Going through the familiar is essential to brain health”, says Michael Merzenich, a pioneer of plasticity research, and author of Soft-wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life.

Merzenich also states – “It’s the willingness to leave the comfort zone that is the key to keeping the brain new. Seeking new experiences, learning new skills, and opening the door to new ideas inspire us and educate us in a way that improves mental clarity. Anything that makes you pleasantly comfortable is not really good for your brain. When you are inside your comfort one you may be outside of the enhancement zone”.

Stepping completely out of your comfort zone literally stretches your brain by allowing the neural links to become like big giant trees with full branches.

Improve Your Brain By Embracing The Concept of Mindfulness

During the years, there’s plenty of research that shows meditation increases the grey matter in your brain. Meditation has been known to help increase the thickness of regions that control attention and process sensory signals from the outside world. Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When you achieve a good sense of meditation and are able to silence your mind, your concentration is increased and we experience an inner peace plus more.

Don’t get me wrong, concentration requires a great amount of effort and time. Think about this: In the time it takes you to eat your lunch, in less time you could be expanding your brain literally! Just like I mentioned before about building muscles, you can benefit from building the strength and even the size of your brain in the healthiest and most natural ways.

Fact: Meditation has been proven to benifit the brain.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day”, says Sara Lazar, study senior author of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychology.

The problem that people have with meditation is getting the motivation to get started. I started my mediation with 10 minutes after I woke up to meditate, and then gradually increased it to 30 minutes. You can say its kind of like going to the gym, we all know we should do it, but do we? Exercising and meditating on a regular basis help to improve your brain and keeps it healthy.

All I say is, don’t be that person or percentage of the population who will say, “I’ll do it tomorrow or next week”. There is a reason you have found this post, and I can tell that you want to achieve some sort of self-improvement for a better life. NEVER SAY NO, JUST DO.

Reading Knowledge Every Day Stimulates The Brain

It is known that reading heightens brain connectivity,

“Our brains change and develop in some fascinating ways when we read”.

Just as you were reading the sentence above, your brain is decoding a series of abstract symbols and synthesizing the results into complex ideas. Amazing right? You can compare the reading brain to the real-time collaborative effort of a symphony orchestra, with various parts of the brain working together, like sections of instruments, to maximise our ability to decode the written text in front of us.

Maryanne Wolf explains that reading rewires parts of your brain, in her book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.

Human beings invented reading only a few thousand years ago. And with this invention, we rearranged the very organisation of our brain, which in turn expanded the ways we were able to think, which altered the intellectual evolution of our species… Our ancestor’s invention could come about only because of the human brain’s extraordinary ability to make new connections among its existing structures, a process made possible by the brain’s ability to be reshaped by experience.

While you read, it involves several brain functions including visual and auditory processes, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension and more. The same neurological regions of the brain are stimulated by reading as they are by experiencing it.

According to the research ongoing at Haskins Laboratories for the Science of the Spoken and Written Word – Reading, unlike watching or listening to media, gives the brain more time to stop, think, process, and imagine the narrative in front of us”. Another benefit of reading each day is that it can help slow down late-life cognitive decline and keeps the brain healthier.

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Journaling – One Habit To Start Straight Away

It’s been known that getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, exercising or going for a run, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, and keeping up with family and friends are well documented and significant impacts that affect our overall cognitive function. One ideal activity that is more important for your well being is journaling.

Journaling helps you to keep things prioritised, helps clarify thinking, and helps you to accomplish your most important tasks, over your daily chores and busy work lifestyle. Various scientific studies have shown that writing a personal journal can help people better cope with stressful events, relieve anxiety, and boost immune cell activity.

Judy Willis MS, a neurologist explains, “The practice of writing can enhance the brains intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information… it promotes the brains attentive focus… boosts long term memory, illuminates patterns, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brains highest cognition”.

Keep Active – To Improve Your Brain

The worst thing you can do for yourself and your brain is to sit still all day, every day. Keeping active or just moving around the house has a great effect on your brain and mood.

“The brain is often described as being, like a muscle. It needs to be exercised for better performance”.

Again, research papers show that moving our bodies can improve your cognitive function. This is why I let people know that getting in some quality daily exercise helps to keep a healthy active brain and also has an impact on your mental faculties.

The way to keep positive about exercising is to find something that you enjoy, then get up and do it. And most importantly, make it a HABIT!

Try creating an exercise routine that includes exercises that you enjoy doing, and then maintain it for 30 days, until it becomes a grade A habit. A simple aerobic exercise such as walking 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week, can help aid in a healthier brain, a stress relief, helps fight mental wear and tear, and improves episodic memory and executive control functions by about 25%.

A Vital Good Night Sleep

Your body goes through a lot during your sleep, it reduces both physical and mental stress, reorganises the information taking in from the day and refuels the body. (Even a short afternoon nap, called the power nap, can serve as an energy boost for the brain). Having a power nap is scientifically proven to help improve concentration and boost productivity when you reach a brainpower plateau. Studies on power naps suggest that it increases reaction speeds and helps with learning (providing the naps are no longer than 20 minutes.)

Scientists have known for decades that the brain requires sleep to consolidate learning and memory.

Sometimes Doing Nothing Is A Good Thing

Similar to meditation, trying to clear your mind to help it grow and contemplate. Doing nothing is also a skill, and that the busyness you surround yourself in, can in fact be counterproductive.

For me, doing nothing comes slightly easy, but for others, doing nothing is hard. The effects of doing nothing is a great way to refocus our brain and helps you pay attention to the present time. Spending time unplugged and disconnected from the world, and technology can improve your focus, productivity, and creativity. I tend to spend time outside in the garden and listen to the sounds of nature.

“… learning to do nothing will help you retake control of your attention at other times, too. One trick: schedule “do nothing” time, like you’d schedule tasks. Just don’t expect others to understand when you decline some social event on the grounds that your busy not being busy”, says Oliver Burkeman.

Neuroscientist Marcus Raichle says his best thinking happens in quiet places. Raichle states that silence was shorthand for thoughtful solitude.

During the silence, the brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence.

Imke Kirste, a Duke University regenerative biologist, found that two hours of silence per day prompted cell development in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the information of memory, involving the senses.

Remember – Exceptional Creativity Often Happens In Solitude.

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