How to Maximize Your Cognitive Abilities
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You already know that your cognitive function is critical for everything from remember friend’s birthdays to being successful in the workplace. However, many people are unaware that they can actually do better when it comes to their cognitive abilities. If you find that things like your focus, memory and concentration are just not what they used to be, there is no need to just try and cope. You can make some changes and do a few quick things to improve yourself cognitively and maximize these abilities to improve all areas of your life.
Get More Physical Activity Daily
Many people hear the term “physical activity” and their first thought is boring exercise that they absolutely have to force themselves to do. This is not true and the next time you hear this term, remember that it just means being more physical. Anything that makes you move more is going to benefit your overall cognitive function. Quick walks, doing a few squats during commercial breaks and going for a walk after meals are quick and easy ways to move more without it feeling like exercise.
Of course, you want to make sure that you are adding at least an hour of this type of activity to your day to reap the full benefits. However, you can break it up into five to 10 minutes increments so that it is easy to work into your day, no matter how busy and packed your schedule happens to be.
Get More Social and Have Some Fun
Whether you start engaging in more small talk with strangers or you make it a point to call your family and friends more frequently, you will benefit from getting more social. This essentially helps to wake up your mind and people who are more social are happier. Happier people tend to experience fewer cognitive deficits. So, the next time someone invites you out for a drink, a party or an old fashioned game night, accept the invitation and have some fun. Your cognitive abilities, as well as your overall health, will thank you.
Start Sleeping More at Night
No one should have to twist your arm to sleep more because the majority of adults do not get enough shut eye every night. However, you are probably thinking about your schedule and thinking this is impossible. Think about it this way: wake up 10 minutes later and go to bed 20 minutes earlier every night. This adds a whole 30 minutes of more sleep that your brain uses to refresh and re-energize, but the way you are breaking it up, it will not negatively cut into the hours where you need to be present and getting important things done.
Play Some Games for Your Brain
You have surely seen a commercial on television or ran across an app on your phone that promises to train your brain and improve your cognitive function. Well, as long as you are choosing the right games, this is absolutely true. Certain games are able to essentially give your brain a workout so that it is better able to maintain various cognitive abilities, as well as make them stronger and more effective. You can take about 15 minutes a day for these games and start noticing a positive difference.
Work on Lowering Your Stress
You probably see and hear this one a lot and that is because stress is one of the biggest factors in causing people to become cognitively sluggish. When you are under a lot of stress, it essentially takes up space in your brain and makes it harder for your brain to perform the cognitive functions that you need each day. When you lower your stress, you will find that things like your memory and focus are much stronger and more effective, allowing you to get things done easier and faster every day.
Start using all of these today and within a few weeks you will find that your cognitive abilities are much stronger. As you continue to use these strategies, your abilities will get stronger and stronger. Now, it is important to make these tips into habits so that you can maintain your higher level of cognitive functioning over the long-term. Since these tips are so easy to do and they do not really take up more time, it is easy to use them. These strategies will also improve other areas of your life, making them a true win-win for you no matter what.