Four Brain Workouts for 2015
It’s the start of a new calendar year, that time when we set goals for dieting and exercise. We make promises to lose weight, eat healthy food, spend more time with family, save money and the list goes on and on. Self-improvement intentions are noble. The trouble is that only a tiny fraction of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. What’s the secret to succeeding? Your brain.
In an experiment conducted at Stanford University, a group of students was divided into two ‘conditions’. The first was asked to remember a two-digit number and the other was given a seven-digit number. Both groups took a short walk and then they were offered the choice of a slice of chocolate cake or a bowl of fruit. The students who needed to remember seven-digit numbers picked the chocolate cake twice as often as the two-digit group. Why?
According to the researcher, the ‘extra numbers’ took up valuable space in the brain and accounted for a ‘cognitive load’ that made it much harder to resist the temptation of chocolate. It’s no surprise that changing habits involves an enormous amount of effort, especially in the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain immediately behind the forehead. Therefore it makes sense that THE most important goal to set this year is to work your brain. After all, the brain is connected to everything. Here are four of the best ‘exercises’ to train your brain to be at its best.
Learn Something New Everyday
Practice Your Breathing
The biggest culprit of multitasking is technology. Therefore take breaks from your smartphone, computer, tablet, video games and even television. Steel yourself against these distracting interruptions and allow yourself to fully focus on one task at a time. Even 30 minutes without distraction can lead to better brain health and improve your ability to concentrate.
Get More Sleep
Just imagine what the impact might be if you could tap into more parts of your brain to increase innovation, creativity, emotional engagement, vision, feelings of safety and belonging. And what would the impact be if you could guide your entire staff to do this too?
Wishing you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
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