Thinking power includes your ability to focus, reason, concentrate, and remember. Coping and facing new situations are also a part of it. While there are many products on the market today that promise to boost creative intelligence, increase the brains capacity for reasoning or improve its ability to focus, truth is that you don't need to spend a lot of money on any of these "wonder" products. Making just a few simple lifestyle changes can drastically improve your thinking abilities.
Exercise the mind. Just as regular exercise for the body increases its overall health and wellness, regular exercise for the brain can improve your thinking power. Read, write, do crossword puzzles, word searches, or tackle a sudoku puzzle. Challenge your mind every day. Our brains our constantly forming new connections. The brain's ability to make new connections is improved when we make an effort to tackle a problem or take on a new challenge.
Take care of the body. Many people living in today's society are experiencing mild forms of sleep deprivation and poor diet. Both of these conditions can decrease your brain's ability to form new connections. Establishing regular sleeping and eating habits can do wonders for your thinking power.
Eat brain foods. Our brains our powered by the foods we eat. The chemical process by which the brain actually functions is dependent on the brains receiving the right amounts of the chemical elements needed to help it work properly. These elements are obtained through the food we eat. Consuming raw, dark, leafy, green vegetables such as spinach and kale on a daily basis, is very beneficial to the brain. Take your vitamins so that the brain--and the rest of your body--is functioning at its peak.
Learn and practice memory techniques. There are many memory techniques that can help you increase your brains ability to learn and remember difficult material. From forming anagrams to using sight or sound recall techniques, there are tools to help even the most forgetful individual learn how to remember everything. Experiment with different techniques until you find the ones that work best for you.
Identify your learning style. People learn new things in a variety of ways. While some people learn best when seeing material in print, others do well with listening to it spoken out loud. Kinetic learners learn best through a variety of sensory experiences, including touch, smell and taste. Once you have identified your learning style, you can adapt any material you need to learn to fit well with the way you learn.
Practice meditation and relaxation techniques. Learning to turn our brains inward can help us to think more clearly.
Deal with emotional issues. One of the major causes of an inability to focus, or remember clearly, can be an underlying emotional issue.
Open yourself up to new experiences. Whenever we try something new, or experience something that is out of the ordinary for us, our brains are encouraged to make new connections. Whether you are trying new foods, engaging in a new activity or listening to a new type of music, you are boosting your brains power to think.
- Stay both mentally and physically active.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- If you are experiencing sudden difficulty with clear thinking, concentrating, or remembering, or if the condition seems to be getting worse, seek the advice of a health care professional. This could be a sign of a severe physical, or mental illness.
Randa Morris began her freelance career in 1994 as staff reporter for the "Ogemaw County Herald." She works as a full-time content producer for online and print publications. Her writing is often motivated by her work with adult and child trauma survivors. Morris received level two trauma certification from The National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.