1. Read a book
One of the best ways to stimulate your mind is by reading — a chapter of a book, a newspaper, an online article. Enriching your brain with new information is vital for your physical and mental health and is encouraged by neurosurgeons. Reading a little in the morning will also help you to calm down and reset your priorities for the coming day by focusing on something other than life’s daily grind. For the same reason, reading a book or a newspaper may lead you to view a routine task through a different lens.
2. Get some exercise
It’s well known that exercise plays an important role in keeping us physically and psychologically healthy. But engaging in a quick workout before work is also a great way to boost your brain. Exercise actually alters brain chemistry and has even been likened to the effect of taking antidepressants. It signals the release of several key neurotransmitters, many of which play a vital role in keeping our brain sharp as we age. Most importantly, exercise helps pump blood and oxygen to the brain, allowing our gray matter to work to its highest capacity. This leads to better and sharper decision making, judgment, and memory.
Research increasingly shows that meditation can help improve attention, concentration, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve our overall psychological makeup. Studies have found that the amygdala — the part of the brain that is the source of our fearful and anxious emotions — decreases in brain cell volume as a result of meditation. People who meditate can also recall information more quickly, suggesting that the ability to quickly ‘screen out’ mental noise allows the working memory to search and find information needed more quickly and efficiently.