5 perks of working on your brainpower
It seems nowadays that there is plenty of focus on working on your body. Adverts for gyms are everywhere, and so many people are trying to make gym sessions part of their routines.
People are getting more focused on mental health too, and that’s a great thing. If you’ve been focusing on your body, make sure you also spend time concentrating on your brainpower. Just like your body, you need to work on your mind to keep sharpening and honing it, especially as you edge towards your older years?
But whereas working on your body seems all sacrifice, perversely, there are my 5 perks of working on your brainpower!
5 perks of working on your brainpower
These are my five sneaky perks of working on your brain power.
#1 You’ll realize the power of relationships
Psychology Today says, “It’s been shown that the more diverse the nature of your friends, the more they challenge you to think creatively. They provide you with information that is not normally available to you, and they give you different perspectives on everything. Your friends figuratively keep your mind clear.”
It’s also true that job opportunities increase with a wider social circle. Success in a job search often comes down to who you know, not what you know. Also, most of the people you’ve dated, you’ve probably met through a mutual friend. Unless, of course, you use Tinder…. in which case you should… well, be careful.
#2 You get to drink coffee without guilt
Caffeine makes you feel more alert, more focused and shortens your reaction time. It doesn’t matter if you like it black, with cream, or with chocolate chips in a Frappuccino from Starbucks. The kick of caffeine can help your brain, but be careful. The effects don’t last, and too much coffee can cause nervousness and restlessness.
Make sure you drink the right amount and don’t drink too much. Coffee can be part of a good morning routine. If you don’t like the taste of coffee, try tea! The world of tea is also vast and wonderful.
#3 You have a valid reason to play games
Brain games like Tetris, Sudoku, and crossword puzzles have been shown to be a good workout for the brain. Studies have even shown that you can increase gray matter for a short period of time by playing Tetris. So if you’re feeling drained, take a break and play a game. Hopefully, you’ll get a lot of those straight, long pieces. Don’t forget to get back to work, though!
#4 You can lounge on the beach
Sunlight is vital for your health and mental well-being. High vitamin D levels boost your brain’s performance and even slow brain aging. If you get too little vitamin D, it can lead to depression and slow down your brain.
Sunbathing can be accompanied by exercise or incorporated into your relaxation and self-care routine. You can lounge on the beach, go for a walk, or sit on a swing in your backyard. No wrong answers.
Of course, too much sunlight is bad for your skin, and you need to protect it. Don’t forget to use sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 30. Do this 15 minutes before being in the sun and reapply every 2 hours. An efficient brain is essential, but so is healthy skin.
#5 You have an excuse to take a nap
Your brain benefits from sleep because is the time when the brain consolidates memory and learning. These processes slow down when we don’t get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep can also cause the gray matter in our frontal lobes to decrease. That means if you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll have a smaller and less functional brain.
It would be best to have a good routine t get a good night’s rest. Set a time to turn off all devices, light a candle, play some relaxing music and wind down. Maybe make yourself a nightcap tea and read a book. If you keep this routine, falling asleep on time will be a breeze.
5 perks of working on your brainpower Summary
These are the five perks of working on your brainpower that you should take advantage of!
Remember to take care of your brain as well as your body and it will take care of you, especially as you get older.
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