What Are The Best Things To Do To Keep Your Brain Sharp?

By Vaishali

There is no way to stop time. But you can make the best use of your time by keeping your brain sharp. It will not only help you finish your work at a faster rate but will also improve the quality of your work. You need not spend hours and hours to understand an issue and to solve it.

Things To Do To Keep Your Brain Sharp


With a sharp brain, you can easily manage all your work within time. So here are some of the best ways to keep your brain sharp.

1) Meditation

Stress can damage your brain. By relieving stress you can make your brain function more effectively. Stress can be relieved by doing some exercises and making some changes in your lifestyle. Meditation is the best way to relieve stress. You can feel the difference in just a few days by practising meditation for 15 to 20 minutes a day.

2) Exercise

Exercising will not only benefit you physically but also mentally. It keeps your body fit and brains sharp. A protein named brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which helps in thinking and learning, is released during physical exercise. This protein keeps your neurons healthy which result in a healthy brain.

3) Eat Healthy

3) Eat Healthy

Eating healthy food keeps your body in shape. But there is one more advantage of having a healthy diet and that is a healthy brain. For a healthy brain you should include the following food in your diet:

• vegetables, fruits and whole grains

• healthy fats

• antioxidants such as green tea, coffee, dark chocolate, fruits, like berries, and vegetables, like spinach and carrots, etc.

To keep your brain healthy, you should avoid having too much sugar in your diet.

4) Sleep

Having a good night's sleep is crucial for better learning abilities, memory and cognitive skills. A sleep-deprived person may find it hard to learn something new or to remember something that they had learned in past, but a well-rested mind is fresh and ready to learn. Sleep also helps in storing things you have learned in your long-term memory.

5) Calculating

It is our general habit now to use the calculator even for the smallest calculations. Mobiles have made it even more easy to carry out simple calculations by providing the calculator app. But this practise is corroding our brain. Try to skip the calculator for easier calculations and do them yourself.

You can add numbers flashing on the roadside hoardings when you are stuck in traffic jam, you can sum up the digits in your grocery bill, you can add the digits of mobile numbers when you are waiting for a train or cab, etc.

6) Learning

It is the best exercise to keep your brain sharp. Don't stop learning even after your high school. You can read newspapers, journals, magazines, literature, fiction, non-fiction, etc., anything that interests you. It will improve your knowledge and help your brain stay active.

7) Puzzles And Games

You can also sharpen your brain by playing some games. Games that require thinking, board games, such as chess and ludo, computer games and card games can help improve your brain activity. Exercises like puzzles, crossword, sudoku, finding differences, spotting the odd one out, etc. also require deep thinking and are, thus, helpful in sharpening your brain.

8) Shifting Your Hand

People who can use both hands to do work are generally smarter than the people who use only one hand. If you are a left-handed person, try to write or draw using your right hand and vice versa. It will make both sides of your brain function and thus, improve your brain's capacity to solve problems.

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