Human’s ability to stay focused, being smart and alert – these are more than just a worthwhile thing to cultivate–it is a critical factor in everybody’s success or failure. Getting things done is imperative, and being alert, smart and focused are key to getting things done. Here are some simple tips to help people to be smart, alert and focused in life.
Use Your Brain
It is true: Use it or lose it. Stretching your brain keeps your mind sharp. People who are more active in mentally challenging activities are much less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. Try these:
- Read a book.
- Go to a lecture.
- Listen to the radio
- Write letters, send emails
- Remember phone numbers
Mix Things Up
Remember trying to talk backwards as a child? Researchers at Duke University created exercises they call “neurobics,” which challenge your brain to think in new ways. Since your five senses are key to learning, use them to exercise your mind. If you are right-handed, try using your left hand. Drive to work by another route. Close your eyes and see if you can recognize food by taste. Do crossword puzzles, remember movie names by songs, play bingo etc.
Work Out to Stay Sharp
Exercise, especially the kind that gets your heart rate up like walking or swimming, has mental pluses, too. Although experts are not sure why, physical activity might increase the blood supply to the brain and improve links between brain cells. Staying active can help memory, imagination, and even your ability to plan tasks
Music Helps Your Brain
Learn some instrument or understand which type of music is playing. Playing an instrument or learning music early in life pays off in clearer thinking when you are older. Musical experience boosts mental functions that have nothing to do with music, such as memory and ability to plan. It also helps with greater hand coordination. Music remains with us until the end.
Make Friends for Your Mind
Be a people person. Talking with others about various subjects actually sharpens your brain, whether at work, at home, or out in your community. Talk about politics, finance, celebrities, movies, your interests -books, music, games etc. Make it a productive talk than gossip. Studies show social activities improve your mind. So volunteer in hospital, library, sign up for classes, join dance team, fitness center or call a friend.
Too much stress can hurt your gray matter, which contains cells that store and process information. Here are some ways to keep calm and balanced:
- Take deep breaths.
- Find something that makes you laugh.
- Listen to music.
- Try yoga or meditation.
Get good sleep for brain
Get enough sleep before and after you learn something new. You need sleep on both ends. When you start out tired, it is hard to focus on things. Moreover, when you sleep afterward, your brain files the new info so you can recall it later. A long night’s rest is best for memory and your mood. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Everybody spaces out now and then. As we get older, we may not remember things as easily as we used to. We may not recognize people easily, may not remember what happened today. We may forget where we kept things. That is a normal part of aging. Some helpful hints to remember things are:
- Write things down.
- Use the calendar and reminder functions in your phone.
- Focus on one task at a time.
- Keep a photo album & friends list
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