We tend to forget everyday events like keys, someone’s name, or our plans. Of course, this is not a big problem because it is normal for all of us to be a little forgetful. However, as we age, we unfortunately lose some of our memory. For those who want to extend this process a little longer, we have listed 10 easy exercises that will keep the memory and mind more vigorous.
1) Use your non-dominant hand
If you are normally a right-handed person; eat, write, buy something etc. Try using your left hand occasionally. It may be difficult at first, but you will get used to it with practice. The reason we do this exercise is to work the inactive side of the brain.
2) Do some of your daily work with your eyes closed
Do you know how many steps you take a day, how many plates are in your kitchen cupboard, or how many fruits in the house? It’s quite normal that you don’t know because we don’t think about and pay attention to these issues during the day. If you do some of the things you do daily (such as taking a shower, placing the dishes, walking around the house) with your eyes closed, more signals will be sent to your brain and you will remember more things.
3) Mix up your morning activities
We all have a set schedule, usually from the moment we wake up. However, innovation is the key to a better brain. It is recommended to get out of your routine to keep your brain active and alert. You don’t need to include a new activity in your program for this, you just need to change the order or form of your work. For example, it will be effective to change your commute, to get dressed after breakfast instead of before breakfast, or to watch a cartoon instead of watching the news.
4) Look at everyday objects upside down
Naturally, you’ve always looked for must-sees, but have you ever wondered why kids watch a TV upside down? Although children do this unconsciously, it is actually a very useful action. In this way, when looking at inverted objects, your brain will focus on interpreting them, thereby increasing your alertness.
5) Play with coins
Have you ever seen the braille alphabet? Thanks to this alphabet created for the visually impaired to read, it is possible to touch and feel the letters. Thus, visually impaired people read these letters through signals going to their brains instead of using their eyesight.
The idea of playing with coins aims to follow the same method for activating our brain cells. If you try to find out what coin it is by touching the coins you fill in a container without looking every day, you will also train your brain.
6) Experiment with different foods
If you’re among those who order the same cuisine or the same food every time you go out to dinner, it’s time for a change. Trying a new food will ask your brain to smell the new food and send signals to the nose to activate its receptors. This new scent will also give your brain new sensations and feelings. You can also associate certain scents with certain things.
7) Read aloud
Reading aloud is not always possible. But you should definitely try it whenever you have time. It may take a few minutes longer than usual to finish reading this way, but it will be totally worth it. Thus, you can wake up your brain by exercising your eyesight, speech and hearing senses. If you don’t want to do this, listening to audiobooks has an equivalent effect on the brain.
8) Feed your brain
When we say feed your brain, we mean eating foods that are known to increase brain functionality. It is important to get enough vitamins and fats to nourish your brain. Examples of foods known to increase brain power are; walnuts, coconut oil, turmeric, blueberries, eggs, broccoli and avocados.
Go out, talk to people and help prevent your brain from freezing. When you talk to people, your brain gets pumped to send and receive information. There is a greater benefit to interacting with people who are not like you in getting the brain ready to receive new ideas and thoughts. Social deprivation is likely to affect your overall cognitive ability.
10) Use all your senses at once
Try to do activities that require all your senses to be involved at once. Some of these exercises are; It can be traveling, gardening, taking notes at a meeting, handling children while cooking. Another simple yet wonderful activity is grocery shopping, especially since you tend to use your senses when buying fruits and vegetables. You usually touch and smell the vegetables and from time to time you can taste the vegetables. You can play a video game to use all your senses. Thus, you will not only improve your attention span, but also improve your focus and multitasking skills.
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