Your brain is no different than other parts of your body. If you care enough to go to the gym to train your muscles, you should not leave your brain out. Training your brain helps you learn faster and speed up your memory. A well-trained brain makes you do things the smarter way. Training your brain will not happen in an instant—it takes active steps and consistency. Focus is key. You are responsible for how your brain works; you must build it through conscious training. Here’s how.
Exercise your mind and body
An unhealthy body affects the mind and by extension the brain, so your physical health is a significant part of your mental health. When you look after your body, your brain also benefits. A 20-minute daily workout routine will go a long way. Make the time.
Food is to the brain what music is to the soul, and the type of food you eat impacts your general wellbeing, including how the brain works. What you eat reflects on your skin, tissue growth and the development of neurons, which are strongly connected to aiding brain function. Don’t just eat, eat good nutritious food. Nuts are particularly great, as is fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna. They are rich in fatty acids, which the brain needs.
Surround yourself with mentors
Jim Rohn, a business philosopher, once said that every individual is an average of at least five people they spend most time of their life with. You will sooner or later take after the life pattern of the people you associate with without even knowing. Therefore, being in the midst of intelligent people will drive you towards intelligent thinking. If you are frequently around people who speak negatively, it won’t be long before you also become negative.
Put your brain to work
Training your brain involves activity. When monks sit calm on the floor all their attention goes to working their minds. A brain that is left on its own goes to a state of dullness over time. Do something to excite your brain, do something new, learn. The more it is put to work daily, the better your brain will perform for you. Read books that inspire you, or learn a new language. Be on the move all the time doing something new to help your brain grow.