Optimal Mental Performance
Do you have a goal to achieve optimal mental performance, to improve mental agility, or are you looking for tips on how to improve memory, mood, and concentration? If so, you are in the right place. Research has shown that our brains are extremely “plastic,” or changeable. This means that with the right formula, you can improve your mental sharpness and perform better in your career, job, hobbies, and more.
I have talked extensively about Detox, Nutrients, and Mindset in other areas of this web page. Be sure to check those out so that you do not miss the other ingredients in a whole-person integrative brain health approach to helping you reach your mental performance objectives.
In this section I want to share with you my top 9 ways to improve brain performance:
1. Use it or lose it
Challenge your brain, get mental stimulation, exercise your brain. If you are technology-minded, there are dozens of apps on your smartphone that are designed for this purpose. Alternatively, hobbies that take your brain out of its typical “comfort-zone” are a great way to improve your mental performance. Typically people can sustain only about 30 minutes outside of their cognitive comfort-zone before experiencing distress. So I recommend doing this in a sprint-burst fashion. Do small activities here and there. While you wait for the doctor, do a Sudoku puzzle instead of watching the news, when you’re on the treadmill at the gym, do memory training instead of watching the TV’s, while in the car, listen to challenging and engaging podcasts.
2. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness increases concentration, focus, promotes neurogenesis (formation of new brain cells), increases gray matter (a powerful area of the brain responsible for all sorts of higher cognitive activities like complex decision making and higher-level thinking. Practice for 30 minutes per day.
3. Do something new every day
New experiences equal new brain connections. New brain pathways increase your intellect and creativity.
4. Cultivate boredom
Believe it or not, being constantly stimulated can lead to a brain that is wired to require stimulation. Down-time to be bored fosters a quiet, mindful, creative brain that is able to perform in completely novel and exciting ways.
5. Reduce distraction
Being intentional with your schedule will help your brain focus on the task at hand. Create to-do lists. Schedule times for each activity. For example, do not haphazardly check your email and Facebook twenty times per day, be intentional and schedule these times in so that you can cultivate calm and focused attention.
6. Regular aerobic exercise
This is a powerful strategy to increase brain health, improve memory, increase concentration, and achieve optimal mental performance. Aerobic exercise is associated with increased blood flow to the brain, increased blood flow brings with it nutrients, oxygen and then pulls toxins, inflammatory cells, and free radical agents out of your brain. This is a triple whammy of goodness for your brain.
7. Do not smoke
Nicotine causes vasoconstriction or narrowing of the arteries of your brain and body, thus reducing blood flow (fewer nutrients in and fewer toxins out of the brain). Additionally, cigarettes are extremely toxic, and vape pens aren’t much better (look at the additives they put in those, they are not good for your brain, your body, or your mental health).
8. To Stay Smart, Eat Smart
Brain food is key for optimal mental performance. Eat a brain-boosting diet to improve your memory, concentration, mental sharpness and to reduce brain fog, inattention (ADHD), and forgetfulness. My favorite brain foods are Omega fatty acids found in fish oil (make sure your fish oil is mercury-free and from wild-caught Alaskan Fish), foods high in polyphenols and antioxidants (brightly colored berries and veggies like blueberries and kale).
9. Brain-Boosting Supplements
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