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Clothes can make us feel sexy, powerful and ready to tackle a challenge.

 

A number of psychological studies suggest that wearing clothing that is more formal than usual encourages us to think conceptually.

 

Go on, make an effort!

 

 

This is about exploring our environment.  Get out there and take it in. 

 

We’ve said in other blogs; taking in new surroundings is good for the brain; not least for respite but to be able take on a task from a new perspective.  The science tells us that the new environment is boosting your ability to handle information - add in a familiar task and you are at your learning optimum.

 

 

Never before have we had such information at our fingertips.  But is curiosity killing our brain cells? 

 

Flitting from topic to topic on the internet gives us lots of tidbits that don’t really stick in our memory. 

 

Mastery is key. Is there a subject or story that you like?  Look at it further; search out a book, an online seminar or an opposing argument – really understand the issues. It boosts your memory and knowledge, and your brain will thank you for giving it some exercise.

  

  

People used the think that learning a language would create confusion in the mind.  In fact, when we learn a language, the language centres in the brain grow.   

 

Bilingualism aids memory, listening skills, problem solving and decision making.  It even staves of dementia  and can develop your perception of the world.  For example Japanese has basic terms for light and dark blue  – you can literally gain new ways of seeing the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Olives and nuts are both rich in Vitamin E, which could make your brain feel 10 years younger! 

 

The components that make up Vitamin E are brilliant antioxidants and our brains consume a massive amount of oxygen.  Vitamin E protects the cell membranes from oxidative damage from free radicals. 

 

So, go on! Get some olives and nuts down ya!

 

 

 

  

 

More than just ironing out the kinks in your back, yoga has been proven to boost your cognitive ability.

 

Now we all know that physical activity is like turning the ignition key on the brain but yoga will help you out perform your treadmill buddies at Trivial Pursuit.

 

A 2013 study shows that Yogis have a superior somatosensory cortex, parietal cortex and hippocampus, increasing coordination, focus and the ability to cope with stress.

 

So when it comes to a hard question you'll be ready to answer.

 

 

 

 

 

We have all felt the effects of not getting enough sleep.  Grumpy, snappy, unreasonable, unable to think logically - I'm a nightmare when I'm sleep deprived.

 

Studies suggest that sleep clears our brains of toxins that build up while we're awake - the same toxins that build up on the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

 

Not only does sleep help us to remember and consolidate our experiences, but it boosts our ability to solve complex problems 3-fold by literally making new connections in the brain whilst getting rid of the ones we don't use.  Sleep is like an auto clean button for the brain.

 

7-8 hours sleep is what most recommend.

 

Give your brain a clean! Get you 8 hours!

 

 

 

 

 

Your brain can't really complete one task to the best of its ability if you are forcing it to think about others.  In the end, it will take you longer to complete any task to the standard you want.

 

One touted method is 25 minutes of real focus followed by 5 minutes of something unrelated.  It allows time to really analyse a task before giving your brain a breather ahead of its next challenge.

 

 

 

 

1. DRESS TO IMPRESS

 

 

2. WALK 2 MILES A DAY

 

3. STOP GOOGLING EVERYTHING

 

 

 

4. LEARN A LANGUAGE 

  

 

 

5. EAT OLIVES AND NUTS

 

 

 

6. PRACTISE YOGA 

 

  

 

 

7. GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE

 

 

 

 

 

8. STOP MULTITASKING 

 

 

 

#aDOaDAY 

 

 

 

  

1. DRESS TO IMPRESS

 

 

My colleague gave me a spare watch the other day after mine broke.  A small thing to her but a problem solver for me.

 

It’s the little that can affect the large for others.  It’s not always about money.  Be helpful; be kind.

 

Take an item to a charity shop or donate some time as a volunteer.

 

Have you got something that you can give?

 

SHARPEN YOUR BRAIN

WHATEVER YOUR AGE

 

 

3. STOP GOOGLING EVERYTHING

 

Never before have we had such information at our fingertips.  But is curiosity killing our brain cells?

 

Flitting from topic to topic on the internet gives us a lot of titbits that don't really stick in our memory.

 

Look at subjects further... search out a book, an online seminar or an opposing argument - really understand the issues. It boosts your memory and knowledge, and your brain will thank you for giving it some exercise.

 

4. LEARN A LANGUAGE

 

People used to think that learning a language would create confusion in the mind.  In fact, when we learn a language, the language centres in the brain grow.

 

Bilingualism aids memory, listening skills, problem solving and decision making.  It staves off dementia and develops your perception of the world.

 

5. EAT OLIVES AND NUTS

 

 

 

Olives and nuts are both rich in Vitamin E, which could make your brain feel 10 years younger!

 

The components that make up Vitamin E are brilliant antioxidants and our brains consume a massive amount of oxygen.  Vitamin E protects the cell membranes from oxidative damage from free radicals.

 

So, go on!  Get some olives annuls down ya!

 

 

6. PRACTISE YOGA

 

 

 

More than just ironing out the kinks in your back, yoga has been proven to boost your cognitive ability.

 

Now we all know that physical activity is like turning the ignition key on the brain, but yoga will help you out perform your treadmill buddies at Trivial Pursuit.

 

A 2013 study shows that Yogis have a superior somatosensory cortex, parietal cortex and hippocampus, increasing coordination, focus and the ability to cope with stress.

 

So when it comes to the hard questions, you'll be ready to answer.

 

 

 

2. WALK TWO MILES A DAY

 

 

 

This is about exploring our environment.  Get out there and take it in.

 

Not only do you get some respite, but the new environment boosts your information handling ability - add in a familiar task you've been working on and you are at your leaning optimum.

 

 

7. GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE

 

We have all felt the effects of not getting enough sleep.  Grumpy, snappy, unreasonable, unable to think logically - I'm a nightmare when I'm sleep deprived.

 

Studies suggest sleep clears our brains of toxins that build up while we're awake - the same toxins that build up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

 

Not only does sleep help us remember and consolidate our experiences, but it boosts our ability to solve complex problems 3-fold by literally making new connections in the brain whilst getting rid of the ones we don't use.  Sleep is like an auto clean button for the brain.

 

Most sources recommend between 7 and 8 hours sleep.

 

So, give your brain a clean! Get your 8 hours!

 

 

 

 

#aDOaDAY 

 

 

 

 

 

8. STOP MULTITASKING

 

 

 

Your brain can't really complete one task to the best of its ability if you are forcing it to think about others.  In the end, it will take you longer to complete any task to the standard you want.

 

One touted method is 25 minutes or real focus followed by 5 minutes of something unrelated.  It allows time to really analyse a task before giving your brain a breather ahead of its next challenge.

 

 

 

 

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