Keep them at a distance who say that your brain and mind has limited powers. Whatever your age, you can surely work to improve your brain speed and memory space. Newspapers often report people in their 80s and 90s graduating from college. If they can, then why can’t you? Here are a few tips.
Use it or lose it- This applies to your brain. It means – the more you memorize, the more you read, the more you try to understand new stuff, the more you think positively, more will be the brain power. On the contrary, less you read, less you think and innovate, less will be your brain speed. So make an effort to read more, learn good and interesting things.
Confidence and self belief – If I do not believe that I can ride a horse, I surely will not be able to ride a horse. “Its all in the mind” they say. Its true. For you to do anything, you have to believe that you can do it. That is the first and basic prerequisite.
Do not listen to others – If Steve Jobs believed in what others had to say, he could have ended his career as a clerk of a bank. Let me share a quote from “Pursuit of Happiness” –
“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?
You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”
Prayer – A positive mindset is really needed to improve brain and mind qualities. There is nothing as good as prayer to inject positivity. Prayer is just a way of connecting your brain and mind to your soul. Prayer is a way of instilling purity into your heart. Prayer is a way to cleanse your mind off impurities.
Yoga or any physical activity – A strong body helps to have a strong mind. (and vice versa). Exercise and mental strength are directly related. So, whatever is your age, and body strength, try to have some sort of physical activity. – 10 minutes brisk walk, swimming, skiing, cycling, playing Tennis, Kabbaddi, hide and seek.. whatever you like – at least 10 minutes a day.
Spend time with kids – Develop Childish Innocence – This may not be possible to all. But it is really effective. If you spend an hour with someone, then your mind will have positive or negative impact due to influence of that person. Similarly, if you spend some time with a toddler, watching her play, how she learns new things, etc., chances are that you will acquire more innocence. Steve Jobs famous quote – “Stay hungry, stay foolish” – probably hints towards being innocent and open to learning new things.
Write down and prioritize – You need to feed your brain in some order so that it can process the incoming information systematically. Writing down lists helps to think clearly. It gives you an extra advantage of analyzing things differently. When you write and see your notes, another set of information is fed to the brain, about your topic. Hence, it improves your thinking power over the topic.
Memory games – The more your brain is trained to memorize, more will be its memory.
Chess, Su Do Ku – and such other games help to improve analytical capacity of brain.
Ayurvedic supplement – Ayurvedic herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhapuspi, Jyotishmati, Aparajita etc are very useful in improving memory and concentration. Consult your Ayurvedic doctor for a right medicine for you. (If in case, he thinks that you really need one)
Ghee – Regular use of clarified butter helps to improve intelligence and memory power.
Cow ghee is very well suited for those seeking improvement in intelligence and memory.
Sit with a straight back – As per the terms of Yoga and Ayurveda, sitting straight helps for easy flow of Prana through the six chakras present in the spinal column. Tips to sit straight
Cold water bath – Cold water bath improves the level of alertness and helps to understand and interpret things faster. But cold water bath is not recommended for all. Cold or hot water for bath?
Eye exercises – Rotatory eye movements, or playing with a ball and watching it continuously improves sharpness of the brain.
Be fast in whatever you do – Faster body activities help you accelerate the learning process. So, whatever the work that you do, using a typewriter, chasing a robber, etc. Try to do it fast. It saves a lot of time and it trains your brain and body to be faster.
However, this does not apply to eating, though.
Good sound sleep – Sound sleep for 6 -7 hours is really helpful in improving memory. It helps to keep the brain calm and concentrated. Tips for sound sleep
Multitask with great care – I already have dealt in detail about multitasking. It is good, saves a lot of time, but only when it is done the right way.
Watch what you eat -Too much of potato, garlic, onion, oily food and non veg do not contribute to your memory and concentration. (though they may be good for your physical health. “Too much” is the keyword).
Do not test and tease your brain – While you’re trying to improve memory, do not test yourself to know how much you’ve improved. It is a long process and you will surely win. Have self belief.
Keep away distractions – As far as possible, limit the use of Facebook, twitter, limit those non sense TV serials that you watch and indulge in something creative and positive. Write a poem, draw a picture, help your son solve his maths problem, instead.
Perfect physical health – Swami Vivekananda says – Good physical health is quite necessary for Spiritual journey. The same applies to memory and concentration as well. Try to be proactive. Use Ayurvedic remedies and stay healthy.
Happy mood – A happy mind is an active mind. In your free time, read some jokes, crack some jokes and try to spread laughter. It is rewarding.
Good stomach health – You really can not concentrate on anything when you’re suffering from bloating or gastritis. Soon after a full meal, you’d rather sleep than study a neuroscience fiction novel. Keep your stomach light.
Brahmacharya – I kept it for the last but abstinence is the most powerful tool ever to improve brain power and concentration. Purity of your mind and heart gives rise to unbelievable brain powers.