A mind is a valuable thing to waste. You’ve heard the saying many times, but it truly does ring true. Your mind is your most valuable asset. You need to take care of it. So here’s a list of 10 things you can do every day to benefit your brain:
1. Take a nap.
Refreshing your body can also help you improve brain function, increase memory, and improve your mood. Even just 15 minutes can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. So take a nap, feel refreshed, and benefit your brain all in one. Naps improve your brain performance, so why are you still awake?
2. Do something creative just before going to bed.
When you’re tired, your brain can be more creative. Take advantage! Whether you’re writing the next great American Novel or dusting off the old paintbrush and canvas, finding your creative outlet just before going to bed can yield great results. So tap your inner Picasso and create something beautiful. Just don’t fall asleep with the brush in your hand.
3. Focus on one task at a time.
Did you know that it’s literally impossible for your brain to multitask? Multitasking can damage your brain and lower your IQ. By focusing on one task at a time, you can keep your brain working at maximum capability and accomplish more than you imagined. Find a task you need to finish and focus solely on it. Leave the phone in the other room, turn the TV off, and focus. Your brain will thank you.
4. Do cardio. And exercise.
You’ve heard that cardio leads to a healthier, better body. But it also helps the mind. Michelle Ploughman, the clinical research scientist says “exercise is brain food.”
Find 15-30 minutes a day and get moving! You don’t need a gym membership or any fancy equipment. Just a walk around the neighborhood can do wonders and benefit your brain.
5. Write. Like on a real piece of paper.
Computers, iPads, tablets, smartphones, and the connection to the internet everywhere means it’s becoming less and less likely that you will pull out a piece of paper and write. But research suggests handwriting makes you smarter. So leave the computer on your desk during your next meeting and write your notes.
6. Take a multi-vitamin daily.
Your car needs oil, your smartphone needs a battery, and your brain needs nutrients. A daily multivitamin will ensure that you get your body what it needs. And it will help your brain according to research from the British Journal of Nutrition. Pro-tip: Take your multi-vitamin with a healthy smoothie to get your day off to a great start.
7. Learn a new language.
Learning a new language is one of the best ways to benefit your brain at any age. It forces your brain to adapt. Learning a language can enrich your life and help you explore a new culture, but also has great benefits for your brain.