enhance brain powerIf you are one of those people who are looking to increase their creativity and productivity, then this list of activities and ideas is for you. Probably, you might have already tried some of these things before, but perhaps some other ideas from this list will surprise you.

1. Learn a foreign language

Mastering a foreign language is a fairly complex process, which we often encounter in childhood, when our brains are still developing. To re-create a similar development of your brain you can try to learn a new language. This will put a challenge before you, which will train your brain to work differently and will strengthen the understanding of your native language. It greatly sharpens the mind and helps us confront memory problems when we get older.

2. Create a reading list

Reading lists identify the ultimate goal of your training, helping you focus on consumed information. You can create reading lists by subject areas, by region or culture, by historical periods. Any purposeful reading helps your brain better understand the subject and focus your attention on complex tasks.

3. Appreciate the culture

Another way to enhance your brain power is to increase the understanding of your culture. See good movies, visit art galleries, listen to classical music. You can learn your native culture and the culture of other countries. Such a manifestation of attention to the culture will help you develop your mind in a way that is unlikely to be achieved under different circumstances. Exploring the art will help you understand how the society works. In addition, it will increase your erudition.

4. Get enough sleep

Have you ever tried to drive a car after a bad sleep? Now think on how a lack of sleep can affect the activity of your brain. Night sleep allows our brain cells to recharge and clears our heads. Studies have shown that sleep enhances the brain’s functioning that makes you smarter and more open minded.

5. Eat healthy food

By eating healthy food you give your body the necessary support to keep your brain in shape. In addition, certain nutrients make neurons work faster and more efficiently. For example, foods rich in magnesium can prevent migraine, and those rich in vitamin B12 can prevent brain dysfunction in old age.

6. Play educational games

Recent scientific studies have shown that certain types of video games can help you become smarter, because some video games train your visual coordination, as well as involve your decision-making skills. Researchers from the UK found that children who played video games with arithmetic problems for 10 weeks significantly improved their math grades.

7. Participate in social interaction

When you are working on the creation of social relations, both online and in real life, you train your brain’s ability to understand the structure of relations between different people. In addition, it will help you develop your ability to keep in mind many faces and names of people. In fact, studies conducted on prisoners held in solitary confinement showed a clear decrease in their brain activity comparable to that of people who have suffered severe head injuries.

8. Look for educational content on the Internet

The Internet can be a major source of distraction, but at the same time it contains many excellent educational resources. Many universities upload video lectures of their courses or of guest speakers. Such kind of resources will help you enhance your knowledge on certain topics, whether they relate to your career or are your personal hobbies.

9. Watch educational TV programs

Watch educational channels like Discovery Channel, as they often show in-depth documentaries and broadcasts on a variety of interesting and useful things. Also you could watch some intense and complex drama, as complex plot lines and relationships between the characters will involve your brain in the process of tracking the progress of action.

10. Solve puzzles

Finally, do not underestimate the importance of puzzles and crosswords. They can really help you, especially if you are looking for a way to pass time in a long journey in transport. It is better to arrange a workout for the brain than just sitting in a chair and watching the latest hit comedy. Puzzles can be particularly useful in preserving your brain function in old age.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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    No offence; too perfunctory, as these ideas have already been proffered elsewhere by others; need more homework, a deeper probe. For examples, #2: not just read, but extract gems from reading with marginal annotations; read stuff outside your sphere of interest, also, beyond mainstream stuff, go and read stuff from the fringes, to expand mental horizons and acquire diverse (and contrarian) views; #3: not only appreciate your own culture, but indulge in other cultures, also, cultures of the minorities, and appreciate theirs too, to increase perspectives and understanding; #9: after watching, reflect and introspect, with the aid of story grids or storyboards, to fire up your brain cells to generate insights; #10: not only solve puzzles, but continue to play, experiment with, and explore all kind of brain teasers, mind flexors, optical illusions, magic eye pictures, construction kits, to enhance fluidity of perception;

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