The brain controls everything in the body and is responsible for so many important functions. It is perhaps no surprise that it is worn out periodically, and needs to be reenergized. Stress, fatigue, work, kids, family, traffic, financial worries and many other factors contribute to mental burnout that cause memory, focus and concentration problems.
Fortunately, we have many options to available to us. Some of these options are discussed below; some provide instant effects, others need time to build up in the brain. Either way, these are top tips we should aim to follow to give our brain the maximum support.
1. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin found in the body. Low levels of B12 have been shown to have significant effects on the brain and its ability to function. B12 has a number of functions within the brain, predominantly focused on keeping the nerves and neural pathways healthy. This helps us to maintain concentration and attention levels. Additionally, as we get older our brain shrinks in size gradually. Vitamin B12 can help prevent this, and in some cases, actually make our brain larger.
Certain foods have been proven beneficial to our brains, to recharge them and enable us to focus and concentrate more. Snacking on food such as almonds and walnuts, and eating fish as part of a main meal can have huge benefits for our brain. Other foods such as spinach, berries, and olive oil can help fight off signs of ageing, dementia, and improve concentration and memory.
Listening to music has many benefits, although some types are more relaxing than others are. Certain types of music such as classical or jazz have a calming effect and can help with concentration levels. Studies have shown listening to music has physical benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.
Exercise has been repeatedly shown to have many benefits, both physical and mental. Even a short burst of exercise can have a huge impact on our brain function, stress levels, and overall wellbeing. It also provides a sense of routine, dedication, and achievement – all of which can help reset our brain into gear again.
5. Go Outside
The great outdoors is so called for a very good reason. Whether it is walking through the fields, a quick walk round the park at on your lunch break, or a daytrip to the seaside, it will be beneficial. Spending time outside can recharge batteries in the brain; provide a sense of relief and a much-needed break from the stresses and strains of daily life.
Having enough sleep is critical to so many parts of life. We struggle to function when we are sleep deprived, and can find it difficult to complete even basic tasks. Sleep enables our brain to process information and the body to perform vital tasks. When we sleep a sufficient amount, we should wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.
7. Healthy Snacks
Snacking is often promoted as a bad habit but if the right foods are eaten, they can have a hugely beneficial effect on our brainpower. Instead of snacking on crisps and chocolate, which can give a sugar high and subsequent crash, snack on nuts and seeds.
8. Brain Exercises
‘Brain training’ as it is often referred to, has been proven beneficial to brainpower. Similar to how physical exercise benefits the body and can leave us feeling recharged and energized, exercise for the brain can have the same effect on mental wellbeing. Simple and quick tasks such as puzzles can be completed relatively quickly and easily, and provide immediate benefits.
9. Read A Book
Reading a book has continually been shown to provide many benefits, one of which is to have a calming and recharging effect. Depending on what you read, a book can often provide a sense of escapism and distraction from the stresses of the real world. Concentrating on a fantasy world is enjoyable and promotes relaxation.
10. Be Sociable
Take a break to spend time with friends or family can be incredibly effective at recharging the brain’s batteries. It can be a welcome distraction from the stress of work and daily life, and can be an enjoyable break.
This post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered therapy. This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental Health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.