Fortunately, we have many options to available to us. Some
of these options are discussed below; some provide instant effects, others need
time to build up in the brain. Either way, these are top tips we should aim to
follow to give our brain the maximum support.
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin found in the body. Low levels of B12 have been shown
to have significant effects on the brain and its ability to function. B12 has a
number of functions within the brain, predominantly focused on keeping the
nerves and neural pathways healthy. This helps us to maintain concentration and
attention levels. Additionally, as we get older our brain shrinks in size
gradually. Vitamin B12 can help prevent this, and in some cases, actually make
our brain larger.
Certain foods have been proven beneficial to our brains, to
recharge them and enable us to focus and concentrate more. Snacking on food
such as almonds and walnuts, and eating fish as part of a main meal can have
huge benefits for our brain. Other foods such as spinach, berries, and olive
oil can help fight off signs of ageing, dementia, and improve concentration and
listening to music has many benefits, although some types are
more relaxing than others are. Certain types of music such as classical or jazz
have a calming effect and can help with concentration levels. Studies have
shown listening to music has physical benefits as well, including lowering
blood pressure and reducing stress.
Exercise has been repeatedly shown to have many benefits,
both physical and mental. Even a short burst of exercise can have a huge impact
on our brain function, stress levels, and overall wellbeing. It also provides a
sense of routine, dedication, and achievement – all of which can help reset our
brain into gear again.
5. Go Outside
The great outdoors is so called for a very good reason. Whether
it is walking through the fields, a quick walk round the park at on your lunch
break, or a daytrip to the seaside, it will be beneficial. Spending time
outside can recharge batteries in the brain; provide a sense of relief and a much-needed
break from the stresses and strains of daily life.
Having enough sleep is critical to so many parts of life. We
struggle to function when we are sleep deprived, and can find it difficult to
complete even basic tasks. Sleep enables our brain to process information and
the body to perform vital tasks. When we sleep a sufficient amount, we should
wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.
7. Healthy Snacks
Snacking is often promoted as a bad habit but if the right
foods are eaten, they can have a hugely beneficial effect on our brainpower. Instead
of snacking on crisps and chocolate, which can give a sugar high and subsequent
crash, snack on nuts and seeds.
8. Brain Exercises
‘Brain training’ as it is often referred to, has been proven beneficial
to brainpower. Similar to how physical exercise benefits the body and can leave
us feeling recharged and energized, exercise for the brain can have the same effect
on mental wellbeing. Simple and quick tasks such as puzzles can be completed
relatively quickly and easily, and provide immediate benefits.
9. Read A
Reading a book has continually been shown to provide many
benefits, one of which is to have a calming and recharging effect. Depending on
what you read, a book can often provide a sense of escapism and distraction
from the stresses of the real world. Concentrating on a fantasy world is
enjoyable and promotes relaxation.
10. Be Sociable
Take a break to spend time with friends or family can be
incredibly effective at recharging the brain’s batteries. It can be a welcome
distraction from the stress of work and daily life, and can be an enjoyable