How to Make Your Brain Sharper

by | Jul 12, 2017

We all have those days where we just don’t feel as sharp or quick as we normally do. Or perhaps you are experiencing a prolonged period of absent mindedness or sluggishness, as though you can’t keep track of everything you need to keep track of. Just like any part of your body that benefits from routine exercise, the brain, too, must be regularly exercised in order to function at its best.

In her article “Five Scientific Ways to Make Your Brain Agile,” Jane Burnett describes the best ways to keep your brain sharp. Here are our two favorite tips:

  • Find a hobby. Our brains need a different way to stay active without adding more stress. Whether you play an instrument, keep a lifestyle blog, or partake in a book group, your brain craves different ways to engage– activities which allow you to use different parts of your brain than you normally use at work are especially valuable.
  • Engage the left and right sides of your body. Burnett quotes from Geil Browning: “Any activities involving interaction between the left and right sides of the body will stimulate the right and left hemispheres of the brain and allow them to communicate better. This could be as simple as touching your left knee with your right hand.”

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