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13 Lifestyle Choices To Boost Your Brain Health And Mental Powers

13 Lifestyle Choices To Boost Your Brain Health And Mental Powers

We have all faced a situation where we sit down to complete an activity but we end up doing nothing about it. This mental inability to act is most often caused due to the lack of mental strength and inner willingness to become more productive.

As a result, thousands of people may experience signs of procrastination and even inefficiency at both a personal and professional level.

There is a bright side to it though. There is always a way to improve our mental powers, become smarter and in turn more productive in whatever we choose do in life.

"Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they're all a projection of you."
- Deepak Chopra

Below we will see 13 brain-boosting lifestyle choices that will not only help you gain control of your life but also enjoy at its fullest while creating vivid experiences and emotions.

13 Lifestyle Choices To Boost Your Brain Health And Mental Powers

1. Focus on your diet

It is essential that we recognise the influence of healthy nutrition to our motivation and productivity levels. In fact, there is so much research nowadays that highlights the importance of our daily food intake to our well-being [1]. 

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To be specific, catecholamine - a brain chemical strongly linked with motivation boost - can be produced by eating certain foods on a regular basis. So make sure to include fruits, vegetables, chicken, turkey, egg whites, seaweed and cottage cheese in your diet. You will soon see an increase in your mental focus while eliminating brain fog.

2. Pick up a sport or similar physical activity

Exercise has been shown to deliver a number of health benefits to both our body and mind. All types of physical activity will have some kind of health benefit. From improving your posture, building up your strength to maintaining a clear mind and optimally functional mind, the results are vast [2]. 

Make exercise one the most important healthy lifestyle tips you follow by picking up a sport like tennis, or even simply going for a run or hitting the gym. The choices are almost endless and can always be tailored to your personal preferences and current physique.

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3. Get enough, undisturbed sleep

Sleep is a great way to recharge your batteries and keep fresh the next day. You will have a clear head, be energetic and in good mood as long as you make sure to have a full night’s sleep, comprising of 8 to 10 hours.

Have in mind though that many hours is not the only reason of recharged vitality. The other component you will want to focus on is undisturbed sleep. Close your curtains and windows and eliminate any external factors that may disturb your sleep.

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4. Optimize your work environment

The environment we choose to work in is a key identifier of success and productivity. You may choose to work from home, the library, a coffee shop, or even an internet café. Whatever your choice may be, focus on improving your surrounding by only including elements that will help you maximise your results.

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Sit up right, clear your desk, have your notepad close by, grab a coffee and get to work. The different items you choose will help you clear your mind and boost your productivity levels by eliminating all other distractions.

5. Create a to do list before you go to sleep

Sometimes we tend to feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks we have to complete. We even tend to remind ourselves over and over again without leaving any time to enjoy our day.

As a result, a lot of stress may be placed on you which can impact your productivity levels. In order to lead a stress-free life, create a ‘do-to’ list before you go to sleep. You will be able to get rid of all the ‘worrying’ thoughts and keep the next day’s tasks at bay.

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6. Prioritize tasks with the most important ones at the top

Prioritizing tasks is a great way of making better use of your time and in turn, become more productive and more efficient. Proper planning and prioritization will not only help you put things in order but also have a clear view of what exactly needs to be done.

Once you know what you need to work on, focus on the most important or urgent ones first and you will come to realise that a big weight has been lifted straight away.

7. Reduce the use of devices and eliminate distractions

Distractions can prove to be a negative influence to the way you operate - especially, if that is working towards our goals. Social media, videos and even people constantly asking you to go for coffee can derail you from your dreams and overall objectives in life.

Identify the causes of your inefficient mental output. It may the constant need to check your messages. Or maybe friends constantly coming by to chill. Whatever those are, say no to distractions and always keep the end goal in mind.

8. Stop multitasking when working on important things

Nowadays, you may see companies asking for ‘multitasking’ skills when applying for a job. Unfortunately, this has become a widely misguided tactic to approaching tasks and activities.

Multitasking when working on important tasks will only diminish productivity and output results [3]. For example, I doubt someone will be able to write a report or do their taxes when listening to an interesting podcast. Performing one task at a time is a great brain exercise that will help you stay focused and produce 100% of your abilities.

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9. Surround yourself with like-minded people

Hanging out with top performers or people that support you will have a great impact to your confidence and productivity levels. You will come to realise that their energy, vitality and positive thinking will be passed on to your attitude and ways of working.

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You will be able to learn from top achievers, hear their advice and often gain a new perspective on the ways you approach difficulties and problems.

10. Pick up a book and read daily

The mental health benefits of reading on a regular basis are immense. From enhancing memory and cognitive performance, to increasing your creativity skills, reading is one of the most efficient strategies you can follow to keep your brain fit and become productive [4].

Read non-fiction subjects that will help you develop and grow yourself as a person or simply pick a fictional story that will help you relax and take you mind off of things that stress you out.

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11. Listen to music that relaxes you

We all need a break every now and then. Music has the potential to open new pathways in our brain which in turn help us remain motivated and productive when working towards our life goals [5].

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Put on your headphones, choose a playlist that matches your mood at the given time and enjoy the magic behind the tunes. You will come to realise that your stress levels have been decreased and your motivation reserves have been recharged.

12. Read inspirational stories

Inspirational stories are a great way to keep you motivated towards yours goals for success. You will get the chance to learn from other people that have been in a similar situation as you.

Their past ways are proven solutions to the difficulties you may be going through. You will become inspired to follow their example and gain a new perspective in life.

13. Hang out with friends and family

Friends and family are the key identifier for success, happiness and mental health. Hanging out with people that support you will help you take a break from constant worries that may result in mental decline.

In specific, the act of laughter, caring and enjoyment has the ability to increase dopamine levels - a brain chemical linked with happiness and motivation - and as a result improve your overall cognitive performance and brain health.

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Conclusion

Nowadays, maintaining the optimum brain health may prove to be a difficult task indeed. With such a fast paced environment and busy lifestyle, it is almost natural for some to forget about the importance of mental stability.

Whatever you choose to do in life, maintaining low stress levels and a sharp mind is a prerequisite to professional success and happiness at personal level. Taking care of your mind will not only help you become smarter, more productive and more motivated but also enjoy life at its fullest.

So make sure to identify and apply what works best for you in life. Adopt a healthy lifestyle that not only unleashes your full potential but also makes an impact to your and others’ success.


About the Author

Marios Kokolakis Profile PhotoMarios Kokolakis is the Content Manager at BrainSharp. His goal? To motivate and help people live a healthier and happier life by sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition, and igniting the inner spark to achieving life goals.