6 Simple Ways to Increase Your Brain Power and Become a Better Worker

Your brain controls everything you do, but have you ever thought about controlling your brain or, at least, manipulating it? If you want to increase your brain power, get more focused or zoom through work more quickly, you will need to take some steps. Specifically, follow the six steps detailed below.

1. Take Breaks

If you want your brain to be more focused, you need to give it a break every now and then. Your brain is set up much like a computer; although, programming it may be a bit slower. Your brain stores files, and it needs to sort through these files every once in a while. You also have a limited amount of instant memory available. When you learn something new, which tends to be every day, you need to take a break for your brain to convert things to long-term memory. The more you review this information the more your brain makes connections to retrieve it. If you're taking on a lot, give yourself and your brain a much-needed break. Resume your task after your break. You'll see that you focus better.

2. Believe in Yourself

You need to believe in your ability to get anything accomplished. You've probably heard it all your life that you if you think you can't do something, you won't. Here's why: Your brain will believe virtually anything you tell it. Keep in mind that your subconscious plays a role in your inner dialog. You might tell yourself, "I can do this" while your subconscious says something like, "That's not true." To get around this, say, "I choose to believe I can do this," and go on to say why that is. There really isn't any reason that you can't accomplish a task. It may be hard, you may not know how to do it right now, and other factors are involved, but at the end of the day, you can accomplish whatever you want.

3. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

Yes, your diet and hydration affect your brainpower. You know how your car runs when you give it inferior gasoline. You won't necessarily die if your brain shrinks a little, but other organs, like your heart, absolutely need water to keep you alive. Your brain shrinks when you are dehydrated. Consider what this does to your thinking ability. So, you need a well-balanced diet and plenty of water. You will need to eat protein, complex carbohydrates, a variety of fruit and vegetables and nuts. Whether you want to eat dairy is up to you, but you'll need to make sure you get the right amount of calcium in some other way.

3. Sleep

Your body and brain need precious sleep. However, don't focus on the number of hours you sleep a night. You want to try to get between four and five sleep cycles a night. If you can only get in four, try a power nap during the day. When you are tired, you will slip into REM quicker, which will produce the same benefits of longer sleep cycles. The average sleep cycle is 90 minutes, but this is not hard and fast with everyone. The reason that you can't follow the number of hours you sleep is that if you try the regular eight-hour night, you'll be cutting a sixth sleep cycle short, which creates grogginess.

4. Have Fun

You can't just work, work, work all your life. Besides draining your brainpower, your subconscious kicks in with "I don't want to be an adult right now," so you will need to find a way to reward yourself. Ideally, make half of your day about fun or some kind of enjoyment. Crank music in your car while you commute. Start your day with fluffy slippers and your favorite coffee. Run around with your kids, and be downright silly in the middle of the supermarket. Find the time to enjoy your life. When it's time to get down to business, commit to it.

5. Exercise

You need to engage in some activity to get your blood flowing. You need oxygen, glucose, and nutrients to be delivered to your brain via your circulation system. Sitting down for extended periods of time causes issues with blood flow. It also causes problems for your heart, which is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. Your brain needs roughly 15 percent of all the blood that your heart pumps.

6. Relax

Stress is a big-time killer. It affects you physically, but it affects your brainpower too. When you have stress, your brain ceases to function properly. Stress stops your brain from developing new neurons, which is a major concern. Neurons send out information from the brain and to other parts of the brain, which are connected through dendrites. Without neurons and these vital connections, you cannot learn anything new, and you can't pull up old information. So many people walk around saying that they have bad memories and that they're not smart when the truth is that they're overly stressed! The best way to get rid of stress is to relax. However, it's a good idea to get rid of your current stress in any healthy way you can. Learn to change your perception of stressful events so that you don't repeatedly incur more stress.

Fear not if you feel like you're stuck in a rut. It takes time to develop new thought patterns, but it can be done. Steadily make changes, and you'll see the results.

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