Do your ever feel brain dead? If you do then you’re not alone as many people suffer from the feeling that your analytical and logical thinking skills have gone out the window as you perform the same mundane tasks every single day, either at home or at work. Where’s the challenge?
Well, if you feel as if you want to improve your cognitive thinking and live by your wits, then there are various methods to incorporate into your daily life to improve your level of thinking, whether it’s to solve problems, come up with new ideas or return to your creativity that you may have had back in your adolescent years.
Remember, it’s common that the power of your mind diminishes as you get older because that’s what happens. However, if you perform intricate tasks each day and feed your mind then it’s quite likely that you’ll be as sharp as you were in your college days.
Here are the top 10 tips for sharpening your logical thinking:
1. Reading mysteries
When you read the stories involving Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade or Sherlock Holmes, do you get frustrated because you couldn’t solve the case ahead of time? If you persist in perusing the mysteries penned by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie or James Cain then you can certainly be as astute and invigorate your "little gray cells" like these sleuths.
2. Crosswords and Sudoku
Filling in crossword puzzles and solving complex sudokus are absolutely fantastic for the mind. With crosswords you have to scan your brain to find out who defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, while with sudokus you have to utilize your analytical and math skills. This is food for your brain, and it’ll reward you with a perspicacious nature.
Studies have discovered that exercise is stupendous to achieving a greater memory and thinking. According to the Harvard Health Letter, "The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells."
Simply put, get up from that sofa and go for a walk or a run for 20 minutes.
4. Classical music
Years ago, it was just based on anecdotal evidence that classical music is good for the brain. However, it has recently been proven that listening to classical music nourishes the mind, especially Beethoven’s finale to Symphony No. 4. Meanwhile, other experts cite Johann Sebastian Bach as being the premier composer for your brain.
Bad news if you’re an introverted, timid individual who detests socializing: communicating with others physically is actually beneficial to your brain. A healthy social life is important to maintaining a healthy mind - it makes sense considering that we’re sociable creatures.
Debates are effective panaceas to a declining brain. Philosophical, political or science debates are superb for the brain because it forces the mind to think, analyze and remember a key point of information to combat an argument made by the opponent. This is hard to do nowadays considering that everyone uses their mobile devices to find data.
Creative skills are inherent inside all of us. When we were young, we painted, drew, wrote and built things. However, fast forward to the present, we hardly undertake any creative endeavors, primarily out of fear of failure. If you wish to enhance your brain power then participate in something creative again. Do you have an idea for a play? Start writing. Do you want to sketch that beautiful tree? Grab a pad and pencil.
8. Dying forms
With computers, smartphones and tablets when was the last time you actually wrote something down with a pen or paper? Or, when was the last time you listened to an opera? Performing or even viewing a so-called dying art form can help your brain because it allows you to learn, be creative and/or problem-solve. If you’ve never used a typewriter before then attain one and start typing away. If you have never listened to the likes of Miles Davis, Benny Goodman or Django Reinhardt then head over to YouTube immediately.
If you adhere to the old adage that an elderly dog can’t learn new tricks then toss it out the window. Learning a new language improves your brain at any age, even if you can’t recite Goethe in German or Voltaire in French. According to studies, people who learn a new language have better concentration and performed well on tests. Take an hour out of your day or week and learn Mandarin, Russian or Dutch.
Do you suffer from a phobia to mathematics? Did you never really excel in algebra and geometry? It doesn’t really matter now that you’re a little bit older and in a career that doesn’t require intensive math skills (or you won’t be reprimanded by your parents for receiving a D grade on your math test). With that being said, it’s still prudentΒ toΒ solveΒ mathΒ problems once in a while as you get older. Think of mathematics as exercise for the brain.
Even if you’re unable to do these tasks, you should still try them at least once. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll gain an appreciation for Latin, classical music and classic crime fiction. In today’s world of finding information instantaneously anywhere you are and not really relying on your brain, it’s more important now than ever to feed your mind with a variety of complex tasks.
Give your brain a boost today.