Activities That Stimulate Your Brain Power

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While the brain is one of the parts of the body that is most often used, it is also an area that is often neglected. However, there are a few easy activities that you can try out to stimulate your brain power and give this vital organ a healthy boost.

Make Use of All of Your Senses
It is likely that, as you go about your daily life, you do not make a special effort to engage all of your senses. However, studies have shown that engaging usually unused senses can really help to stimulate the mind while boosting memory. So whether this means you choose your outfit in the morning by touch and texture rather than sight, or close your eyes while you are eating a meal, to really taste the food, try to make the most of each of your senses.

Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
People tend to either be right or left handed, and they use their dominant hand for the majority of their daily activities. However, pick one day a week where you try using your non-dominant hand instead, as this will not only require more focus, and strengthen your hand-eye coordination, but it will also help to build new associations within the brain’s neural connections. From brushing your teeth to writing to cooking your dinner, it may be difficult at first to use your non-dominant hand, but this will become much easier as the day goes on.

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Meditation
Meditation brings with it so many different benefits, one of which is a huge boost to the brain. Not only does meditation make a huge difference when it comes to memory and focus, but one study even claims that meditation can significantly help to prevent mental illness. There are many forms of meditation that you can try, but, if this is completely new to you, begin with a couple of simple breathing exercises and then take it from there.

Language and Word Games
Word games and puzzles have long since been believed to be beneficial to the brain, and this is still the case. These types of games challenge the way in which you recognize, understand and remember words, all of which provides your brain with a fantastic workout.

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Listen to Music
The “Mozart effect” is a theory that states that listening to classical music can make a person smarter, and there certainly is some truth to this. Studies have shown that listening to music, especially when exercising, can increase cognitive levels, while improving verbal fluency skills, as well as give a boost to mental focus. Any type of music can do this, not just the classical genre, so compile a few go-to playlists that you can listen to throughout the day.

Some studies have shown that the brain can often begin to lose some of its sharpness at the early age of 45, making it vital that you spend time stimulating it as much as possible. From playing word games to mindful meditation, these are just a few of the ways in which you can give your brain a healthy boost.

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You Should Give Improv a Go

Short for improvisation, improv focuses on the spontaneous creation of action without any pre-planning, and while it may tend to be taught as a comedic art form, there is so much more to it than this. Taking an improv class has so many different benefits, from boosting confidence to training the brain, so even if improv may feel like something that is so far removed from your comfort zone, it is still most definitely worth giving it a go.

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A Confidence Booster
There is no getting around the fact that you will feel silly performing some of the improvisation tasks you will be asked to do in a class, but this is exactly what helps to build confidence. Rather than worrying about what you look like and what others are thinking of you, improv teaches you to let go and live in the moment, which will give you a whole new air of confidence. This is the reason why improv is often recommended to those that suffer from anxiety and shyness, as it can really help to change your perspective on life.

Public Speaking Skills
Research has shown that performing and speaking in public is, on average, the biggest fear in the USA, even coming in front of the fear of dying. Rather than allowing social anxiety to hold you back, take an improv class to help improve your public speaking skills.

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A Brain Trainer
Improvisation classes are a great way to train your brain to act faster, which is helpful in so many different situations. The fact that improvisation does away with all pre-planning and preparation means that your brain needs to organize ideas, emotions and sentences straight away, which is a fantastic form of brain training.

What to Expect at an Improv Class
Not knowing what to expect can often be the most frightening part of taking an improv class for many, but, no matter what your class may consist of, you can be sure that you will have plenty of fun. Improv takes place in a group setting, and most of the learning will be done via games and exercises, with the whole group involved. There is very rarely individual work to do, meaning that nervous beginners will find safety and comfort in numbers. Many people that take an improv class for the first time feel as though they have to try extremely hard to be funny, but this is not the case. Let go of any expectations that you may have, and just enjoy being in the moment. Taking this extra pressure off of yourself will enable you to really be free and make the most of the class.

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Even if you are not looking to be an actor or performer, an improv class can still be extremely useful, as it will provide you with skills that you can apply to just about every area of your life. From boosting your confidence and aiding with social anxiety, to training your brain to work faster, improv classes will help to improve your whole outlook on life, and will be plenty of fun too.