Brain like every other organ is a muscle, it is responsible for controlling everything within the bodies and through using the brain we interact with our outside environment as well. It contains a complex structure which contains hundreds of thousands of neurons interconnected with each other, different regions are specific in their action, controlling different organs and functions of the human body. For years people have been trying to enhance brain performance, improve it one way or another, trying different drugs, exercises, food and routines alike. Everybody wants their mind to be supercharged so they have an edge over the vast majority. The following is a list of 5 ways to do exactly that, to enhance brain function
This somewhat mystic and rather very old method has come to new light in the modern age, with its advantages being discovered and a majority of people have started meditating. Anciently a practice of the saints, meditation is a way to silence your mind, improve concentration, focus, memory and overall energy. One meditates by focusing on his/her breathing; the concept being that the person consciously breathes which is an involuntary response of the body (thus controlled by the mind), consciously breathing engages the inactive mind and slowly and with ample practice one gets totally immersed within his mind and breathing. Time loses its importance in this state and if coupled with a few other techniques like reiki it can heal the body as well. Meditation increases confidence and self esteem too. There are many different ways of meditating and can be mixed with yoga as well. One particular form, the so called death meditation is amazing such that the body is as limp and stationary as if dead and in even more advanced techniques coupled with hypnosis, one can unlock their mind and relive events from their past. Although unproven but some experts claim that one can even get an idea of their age at death as the human soul is supposedly all knowing with knowledge of such things. Experts recommend meditating everyday at preferably a quiet and calm place for 15-25 minutes everyday, if needed it can be done twice or even more per day.
2. Cognitive training exercise.
What makes the brain such an amazing organ is the fact that it has the ability to change through out its life, a quality referred to as plasticity. Whenever we do something new it is eventually learned by changes in the brain, to be precise new neuron pathways are formed in the mind which carry the newly registered information. Once these neuron pathways have formed, with repetition of the said task, they became permanent and voila we have learned a new task. Cognitive training exercises which include games rely on the same principle, with new tasks and situations the brain muscle is trained and it becomes more agile and functions at an optimum. Sudoku, one example of such a game improves processing speed, concentration and positive intellectual engagement. Chess and scrabble are also in the list. It can be done by learning a new language or simply be taking a new route to your house; the goal is to keep doing new activities which keeps your mind afresh.
One of the most stressed out parts in recent science, the need for exercise. Usually it is advised in relation to the heart, or diabetes for instance, keep your body healthy they say. And it is true as well, one research says that one makes new brain cells every time one exercises. During exercise blood flow to the entire body increases (its simple, your heart beats faster and as a result more blood in pumped). More blood is good for the brain, it improves focus and memory; it releases brain derived neurotrophic factor which plays a role in improving memory, learning and advanced higher thinking by stimulating production of new neurons. Exercise doesn't necessarily have to be vigorous but it is advised to get ones heart rate above the normal a few times a week. Otherwise even doing yoga can help the mind, improving balance and coordination. Exercising daily for around 15 minutes, even if that is taking a brisk walk or jog helps the brain stay young.
4. Reading and praying
Reading has always been considered a regular habit of the geniuses. It might seem boring to a few people but when one reads something new, he is not only reading but recreating everything in the mind simultaneously. Lets take the famous Harry Potter books, the first time anyone read it they imagined the scar, the wand, the Hogwarts castle with its giant halls and grounds; in a few moments the book had become a new and exciting reality which was somewhat unique for every reader. Reading not only improves imagination but gives one new ideas, improves speech and coordination; and with new previously unread books, one makes new neuronal pathways to store the relevant information.
Probably on the opposite side of the spectrum, prayer is a vital part of almost every religion, although science doesn't always appreciate its importance but having a sense of higher power and thus function gives the person a sense of accomplishment. During research it was seen that previously unlit areas of the brain light up during prayer. The subjects reported a calmness and a freshness to their mind every time they prayed.
Who doesn't like sleep, and we like for a reason, it is essential for the entire body to heal itself. A good nights sleep is pivotal to keep your mind and body fresh. To elaborate one need not go far, only to the last time you weren't well rested, it has an effect on memory, coordination, cognitive skills and ability to think properly. All of the above take a huge toll when one has been awake for far too long. Sleep is important. Another group of people go as far as saying that during sleep our minds communicate with other sleeping minds to figure out answers to ones problems so if you wake up and have an epiphany, know that it was ur mind working during sleep.