Increasing one’s brain power requires continuous effort over a period of time. There are no overnight quick-fixes for boosting one’s brain power but there are many strategies that you can use to ensure that your brain being adequately stimulated by the right activities. Follow these great strategies so you can begin boosting your brain power today:
Brain power techniques
Challenge one or more of your senses – Too often we become dependent on just one or two senses (usually hearing and sight). But what would happen if you purposefully blocked out your major senses?
Well, the brain would actually have to work harder to compensate for the blocked sense! Blocking one or more of your senses is good brain exercise. You can try this simple brain-boosting exercise when performing simple activities like eating or even when you’re folding origami.
As long as you’re not driving or operating any machinery, you can probably blindfold yourself or block out your ears with earplugs without running into trouble. During the exercise, I want you to immerse yourself in the experience of having to use your other senses to make sense of what’s happening. The longer you immerse yourself in this exercise, the better the results.
Discover new uses for ordinary objects – This is another great mental exercise that brings heaps of creative benefits but costs you absolutely nothing. Here’s how it works – identify a single, common object that you would like to focus on (i.e.
chair, table, watch, keys, plastic case, telephone, shades, plastic figurine and lighter).
When you have chosen a mundane item, I want you to get a piece of paper and a pencil. Write down other uses for the item that you have already chosen.
Don’t write down stuff that you already know (i.e. chair – used for sitting). Think of wacky and crazy uses for the ordinary object that you have chosen. If you were able to come up with 10 uses, try writing 10 more. Write until your creative juices have been absolutely sapped and then move on to the next mundane object.
Go on a sensory adventure – We live in a very eye-centric society where people trust their eyes over all their other senses. This can lead to mental stagnation and reduced mental acuity over the long term. You need to use all of your senses if you want to keep your mind sharp. This can be done a variety of ways.
For example, you can visit a pastry shop so you can sample cookies and breads that you have never thought of buying for yourself. You can challenge your sense of smell by blindfolding yourself and having someone bring you items to smell. You have to identify the items just by smelling it.
We want to heighten your senses so the brain would be challenged even more to bring you the correct answer. You can easily embark on a sensory adventure at home or when you are travelling. If you can perform this exercise once or twice a week, you are well on your way to improving your brain power.