Your mental game is the key to success. Brain exercises can sharpen your decision-making skills and allow you to achieve some serious mental toughness so you can be a champion at whatever you do in life. According to Prevention, adults who frequently engage in mentally stimulating activities are 63% less likely to develop dementia than those who rarely do brain exercises. Always giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier, sharper and aid in preventing memory loss. Think of them like cross-training for your brain—when you challenge yourself regularly with brain exercises, you’re keeping your mind running on all four cylinders.
Here are 4 brain exercises that will train your brain to perform at your peak—even if they do seem a little weird.
Do Things With Your Non-Dominant Hand
Using your other hand benefits your brain—big time! Research shows that when you use the opposite side of your brain, it can expand parts of the cortex that control and process tactile information from the hand. Try some of these brain exercises that use your non-dominant hand:
- Brush your teeth with the opposite hand you normally use. Don’t forget to apply toothpaste in reverse too!
- Write with your non-dominant hand
- Tie your shoelaces
- Open jars
- Clean dishes
- Use your computer mouse
- Eat with silverware or, for an expert-level challenge, chopsticks
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Keep your mind on track by trying one of these counting brain exercises:
- Beginning at 100, count backward, subtracting 3 each time (100, 97, 94…)
- Starting at 150, count backward, subtracting 7 each time (150, 143, 136…)
- Start at 200 then count backward, subtracting 5 each time (200, 195, 190…)
Change Up Your Seat at the Table
Most people have their own seat at the dinner table. Try playing some musical chairs and switch up your seat to change up the routine. This change-up will affect how you reach for food, drink, use the salt and pepper and who you talk to.
Follow Your Nose
Smell is the strongest of the senses and has the ability to boost brain activity. Alert new neural pathways by linking a new odor to an activity. Open your car window on the way to work and try to identify new smells. Or try inhaling essential oils to activate the hypothalamus—the area of the brain that sends messages to other parts of the body. Here are 6 scents from Entrepreneur that can boost brain power and your productivity.
Try these brain exercises and see if you start to feel the difference!
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