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Your Brain Should Get Exercise Too

Common in our society today are the brain exercises designed to give our mental faculties the boost they need.

There are games, activities and all other cranial calisthenics that claim to be helpful in maintaining our brains functioning superbly.

You should know that these things are not just for those who have mental problems, these activities and exercises are also good for everyone – everyone who seeks to keep your minds healthy; to better your brains.

From senior citizens to the younger generations, these activities should be helpful enough to keep them all mentally fit.

Although some scientists may not fully believe in the benefits of brain exercises, a lot of researchers and professionals hold on to the numerous studies showing that the brain really does need an exercise just like the body does.

Studies have showed that people who have tried to perform brain exercises regularly have improved memory as well as focus.

See, with simple brain exercises the functioning of both hemispheres of the brain are made better; your brain becomes healthier.

Cross Crawls

Cross crawls are a type of exercise that is based on the principle that our nervous system works homiletically.

This means that the left portion of our brain controls the movement of the right portion of our body, and so on for the other half.

The principles of kinesiology are also applied in this exercise wherein rhythmic movements are suggested so that the brain’s lateralization can be improved further. You can do this simply by touching your right hand or elbow to your left knee.

Do this for several times, and after one side, you may proceed with the other side, doing the same steps.

This exercise, when performed by babies, are believed to realign the brain circuits in order for the left half of the brain to be able to connect with the left part of the body, and vice versa.

For the adults, on the other hand, when this exercise is done there is an integration of the different functions and tasks of the brain.

This is the reason why this exercise is mostly recommended for people suffering from dyslexia.

Aside from this, this exercise is also good for strengthening your immune system’s responses.

Lazy Eights

Another exercise which can benefit both the left and right hemispheres of the brain is the “lazy eights.”

This is done by drawing the number “8” on a piece of paper using your right hand for two minutes.

After the right hand, you may proceed to draw the same sign using your left hand. This should be done daily, and the result is that you will have better concentration and your hand-and-eye coordination will improve.

Aside from these, another benefit is that you would feel a reduction of stress and an enhancement of your mood.

You may also do the “Rhythmic Eights” wherein instead of using paper and pencil, you can just create an imaginary eight in the air with your hands.

This should be sufficient to coordinate the two sides of your brain as well.

Try Different Exercises for A Change

Since there are already a lot of exercises designed to improve your mental functioning, it would be a better idea if you would alter your exercises so that your brain will not get used to just one routine.

By varying your brain work out, you are also able to exercise as many parts of your brain as possible. There are puzzles, crosswords and other brain games available; you just have to look for those which best fits you.

 

Guess What? Your Brain Performs Better, If your Outlook is Better

How good do you really think of yourself mentally? If you ask yourself if you are intelligent, do you answer with a nod and a smile, or with an ashamed “maybe”?

In answering this question, you should know that there are a lot of things to consider, and your IQ score is just one of those.

The reality is that if you think of yourself as better, your brain will perform better.

Your outlook and perspective on things like this will definitely influence the performance of your brain.

If you really believe that you are good enough, then your brain may just start performing to level with your expectation.

Some may say that basic intelligence would never change after the childhood stage of your life, but then there are still some who believe that psychology has an influence in this.

The Influential Psychology in Brain Function

You may have heard of stories wherein the protagonist, who never even stepped into high school, was able to work his way from rags to riches.

He just used his guts and determination as he climbs his way to the top. His childhood may have shown him that he can be as rich as his friends if he would only work hard for it.

Because of this, he followed what he knew, and because he knew that he too can be rich, he did work hard for it. His outlook was that he can do if others were able to do it.

He never received any money from his rich friends, and he never received any assistance as he worked his way. But what he got from his friends was his expectation.

If he never met his rich friends, if he never knew that it is possible to be rich, he would not have worked hard to be where he is right now.

He had a goal when he met them, and all he had to do was to just work hard to reach that goal – and so he did.

See, expectations of yourself can play a big role in your life.

It serves as your motivation. It makes you feel that you are on to something possible, something that is just within your reach if you just work hard enough.

This is the influence of psychology. Don’t you think that it is possible that by just thinking that you can think harder and learn faster, your brain might just do the same thing for you?

Experiential and Evidential Learning

After you have viewed yourself with better perspective, then it is time for you to be more attentive to the things around you which can serve as an evidence that you are about to reach your goal.

After you have done all the affirmations, you need hard proof. Take note of your progress regardless of whether they are too small or too big.

Focus on these developments.

You will soon realize that the more you appreciate your small developments, more of them would soon follow.

So, in applying to your brain development, if you think hard enough that you can improve your brain performance, and then your brain would soon perform better.

The improvements may not be as drastic as you expect, but there will surely be some changes.

Take note of these changes, and soon you will realize that the cumulative effect of these small changes will amount to a big alteration to your brain functioning.

Think of yourself as better, your brain will soon live up to your expectations.