There is hardly any part of the body that its functionality is not linked to the brain.
It is therefore necessary to learn and practice healthy ways to advance its functionality as well as learn to avoid certain habits and activities that can reduce its functionality.
Below are 10 possible tips on how to boost your brain thereby increasing personal productivity:
1. Do not Skip Breakfast
When the human body has fasted during the night, it needs to replenish the lost calories and nutrients which is required for the new day. Eating breakfast especially one which consists of whole-grain meal, fuels the body for a good part of the day and equally improves mood and memory.
2. Get Adequate Sleep
Most individuals are used to staying awake during the night for one reason or the other. One’s body may adjust to this with time but it has its disadvantages that are likely manifest in the long run.
Lack of sleep usually slows down the functionality of the brain and increases inefficiency especially when it comes to logical reasoning and ability of the brain to retain information.
The Prefrontal cortex (PFC) region of the brain which is responsible for many higher-level cognitive functions is principally affected by lack of sleep.
3. Ward off Negative emotions
Negative emotions have damaging impacts on the physical and mental health of the human body. Stress from negative emotions like anger, bitterness, self-criticism etc. drains the brain chemicals that make us feel relaxed and happy. Negative emotions makes it difficult for us to think rationally and see situations in their true context.
4. Exercise Your Body
Exercising the body regularly, improves the productivity of the cardiovascular system and makes it possible for more oxygen and nutrients to reach the brain, thereby increasing brain functions such as problem solving and decision making.
Any workout that gets your heart and breathing rates up and keeps them up is good for your brain. Research has revealed that working class individuals who usually exercise on their workdays tend to be 23 percent more productive than on the days they had no workout.
5. Stay Hydrated
The brain is said to be made up of about 80% water.Dehydration affects the brain’s efficiency or productivity. It also reduces the blood volume by making the blood thicker thereby reducing the speed at which oxygen and other nutrients reach the body tissues and organs as well as the brain. Research has it that 8 glasses of water a day is good enough but if you can take more, it is even better.
6. Always eat Right
A good diet is a big boost for the brain any time, any day. However there are some required foods that help the brain function optimally.
They include; Nuts, pumpkin seeds, Wholegrain, fruits and vegetable. fruits and vegetables contain an antioxidant known as Polyphenols, which protects the brain cells and keeps the brain functioning optimally.
Avoid smoking and Try as much as possible to avoid excess consumption of alcohol the effect on your brain in the long run is not worth it.
7. Enhance the Brain
Most individuals feel that multitasking increases productivity. This is often referred to as doing many things at a time.
The fact however, is that the brain works efficiently when it focuses on a single thread of related thoughts. While multitasking may work for tasks that requires little or no concentration it does not work for tasks that require a considerable level of concentration.
Contrary to the idea that multitasking increases productivity, recent studies have shown that it could lead to the opposite. Multitasking creates pressure which causes stress. It causes loss of concentration and focus and can negatively impact memory and IQ.
8. Practice Brain Aerobics
Brain aerobics are activities that can stimulate the brain cells. They include Learning new things such as language or skill, listening to music, meditation, reading, solving puzzles, playing chess or scrabble. These activities stimulates the brain and keeps it active. Remember if you don’t use it, you lose it.
We all are social animals. We were never meant to live in isolation. It has been proven that a meaningful relationship can immensely improve your brain health.
A study from Harvard school of Public Health has revealed that individuals with the most active social lives showed the slowest rate of memory decline.
However, toxic relationship can have negative effect on the brain. It breeds stress, depression and other negative emotions.
10. Control how Long You Watch The TV
Watching TV has been noted to reduce brain activity. It has been proved that when we watch TV the left side of the brain which is responsible for logical reasoning goes off reducing the ability to critically analyze information as they come.
That is why when we watch television; we hardly do any real thinking. It is suspected that excessive television viewing can lead to dementia in later years.