Quick and Simple Brain Exercises
The brain, like a muscle, gets stronger with use, particularly
if it is used in certain ways. The exercises below are designed
to take very little of your time. Doing brain exercises like
these regularly can help boost your mental abilities.
Learning Exercises the Brain
Learn something new. Pick up a magazine on dogs, for example,
while you are waiting for the dentist. Scan the articles and
relate what you learn to what you already know. If you are a
builder you may discover how the home requirements of dog owners
are different from others. You might expand your knowledge, but
the purpose of this brain exercise is to train yourself to automatically
look for connections between things. This helps you think more
creatively. It also helps your memory, because having more connections
makes it easier to recall things.
A good way to learn something new, and at the same time use
your driving time efficiently, is to listen to audio books. You
can find books on tape or compact disc at many public libraries.
You can also access a wide selection of titles, both fiction
and non-fiction, at several online suppliers.
Sing to Solve Problems
When you are alone in your car, try singing about something
you are working on. If you cant sing, learn how to sing. This
taps into and exercises your right brain. Have you ever noticed
how it is easier to rhyme when you sing than when you just speak
or write? This is because the right brain is better at pattern
recognition. By doing this brain exercise regularly you can train
yourself to tap into the power of the right brain. This will
make you a more effective problem-solver. If you doubt the distinction
between the hemispheres of the brain, look at how stutterers
can stop stuttering as soon as they start singing. Try it.
More Brain Exercises
Here's a brain exercise you can use to help you concentrate
better. You simply pay attention to what is going on in your
head, and you resolve any little "mind irritations"
you find there. If you feel stressed, there is a reason. Perhaps
you never figured out where that book was that you were looking
for this morning, and it has been quietly bothering you all day,
just below consciousness. If you can become aware of all these
stressors, small and large, and deal with them, you will feel
more relaxed and have greater concentration and brain power in
Dealing with them doesn't mean you can resolve all these issues
now. You can, however, do something with them so you can let
them go for the moment. Write "find book" on your to-do
list, and your mind will let go of the concern for now. Just
bringing a problem to full consciousness and telling yourself
something like, "There is nothing I can do about this until
Friday," will often stop the unconscious worrying. After
doing these brain exercises a few times, you'll find it becomes
easier to recognize what is just below the surface, irritating
you and sapping your brain power.
Try breathing deeply also. This shouldn't be classified with
"brain exercises," but it can help. Get that oxygen
into your blood, and into your brain. You can exercise your brain
with hard riddles as well.
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Copyright Steve Gillman