We live in a century of scientific research, and no part of the human body has received more attention than the brain itself. So much so that there is little to no doubt that the scientists and researchers alike could very well debunk pretty much every myth out there regarding this powerful organ. One such myth, for example, actually represents the most common misconception that the size of the brain matters. It turns out that neither the size nor the weight of the brain is connected to the level of intelligence, after all.
But debunking myths isn’t the only thing the scientists have been working on as they also constantly searching for methods that will allow the brain to perform better. And make no mistake, professionals from all around the world are using these methods on a daily basis. Whether we are talking about the special agents, doctors, or astronauts for that matter, it doesn’t make a difference as they all train their brains. And after reading this article, so will you. What follows is the list of 10 scientifically proven methods to boost your brain used by secret agents. So without further ado, let’s dive right into this.
1You can learn new skills no matter your age
Learning new stuff is not, by any means, reserved for children because almost any skill can also be learned and developed in adulthood, and there are many examples that prove this point. Many surgeons, for example, learned to play violin so they could improve their motor skills. So I guess, you can teach the old dog the new tricks, after all.
2Doodle or draw while solving a problem
Don’t take this at face value. Doodling and drawing won’t make you a math genius all of a sudden, no matter what they have told you. But these activities might just as well help you solve a complicated task or make a difficult decision every once in a while. Try it, all you need is the pen and the piece of paper, it doesn’t cost a fortune, and you might end up with a genius solution. And if you use your non-dominant hand while doing so, then even better because you’ll be activating the work of both hemisphere, hence you are far more likely to come up with a right solution quicker.
3Play on the swings
As silly and childish as it may sound, playing on the swings for at least 15 minutes a couple of times a week can help your brain a great deal. After all, there is a reason why every children’s park has at least one swing. This is because swinging promotes the parts of the brain responsible for speech. Not only that but it also improves spatial orientation skills, which has been proven by astronauts.
4You can improve your senses by using certain techniques
There might not be a sixth sense, but you can very well improve the senses you already have by using a couple of scientifically proven techniques. For example, walking backward every once in a while, but if that is too awkward for you, wearing earplugs while doing stuff will also do the trick, or guessing what is in the box.
5Some activities will train your brain better than chess
That chess is the best sport for the brain is a common misconception because the truth is that the brain actually works better during complex physical training. So next time when you are playing chess or doing crosswords thinking how you are doing what’s best for your brain, think again and consider going out and do some swimming or yoga.
6The best foods for your brain might not be what you think
You have probably heard that milk is good for your brain, but that doesn’t mean that you should drink it excessively. And the same goes for the rest of the dairy products. What you should do instead is to include fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables in your diet, because these are all the foods that prevent obesity.
7Go to the beach as often as you can
The brain can’t get tired. Sure, try telling that to a person who has been under a lot of stress lately doing all the intellectual work. The simple truth is that while the brain can’t physically get tired in a way that the other muscles can, the certain states a person is in whether psychological or physical can influence a concentration and the amount of brain activity. So the obvious question is what to do in these type of situations.
Well, according to a recent research, it turns out that the brain actually works better in an environment where you can feel the salty breeze, the warm sand, and enjoy the sound of waves. This probably comes as no surprise to pretty much anyone who has ever been to the beach. But if you can’t afford to go on vacation every once in a while, you should try halotherapy, or a simple walk in the forest, for that matter, that will do the trick as well, and your mind will be sharper than ever.
This therapy, which you can only use after consulting with your doctor, is mostly used by special agents, and athletes but also by people who are recovering from some kind of brain injury because it improves concentration and boosts logical thinking and verbal memory.
9>Don’t just drink coffee, read a book or two a week
Instead of drinking gallons of coffee hoping that it will sharpen your memory and boost your brain activity, you should dedicate some of your leisure time to reading books. And if you run out of book material, you can always re-read some old ones to refresh your memory.
10Ditch the navigation
GPS may have made our lives easier, but according to the scientists, it has also made our brains a whole lot lazier. After all, there is a reason why London cab drivers have to memorize the location of 25,000 streets in order to get their license. That’s because knowing the main streets helps to boost the part of the brain responsible for spatial orientation.
Playing card games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, or solving math problems can help you a great deal when it comes to boosting the power of your brain in a way that it will skyrocket your memory and creativity. Do this a couple times a week, and your brain will thank you.
This may seem a bit unusual, but you might just as well give it a try given the positive impact it has on your brain functions. What you should do to practice positive thinking is to try to find the smiling face as quickly as possible using an online training tool.
13Enjoy some chocolate
Last but certainly not least because you are going to love this one: drink a cup of wine every one in a while or even better enjoy some chocolate and share some positive emotions with your friends and family, in general. It will stimulate your serotonin and dopamine level which will, according to the scientists, boost your brain.