21 September 2017

Exercises to Improve Your Brain's Executive Function

Have you ever entered a room and could not remember why you went there? Do you have a recollection of a time when you forgot someone's name, even though you knew them well? These kinds of lapses happen to everyone and at any time, and there is a basic explanation for them all – your brain's executive function is lower.


According to brain science, the brain ages alongside us, which is why older people tend to forget things more. However, all of us experience moments when they cannot access their strengths, memory, and skills, and this is mostly a result of lack of energy.


The good news here is – you can boost your brain's function. Balancing your energy levels comes with many benefits, and the improvement of the executive function of the brain is one of them.
Here are several highly effective exercises that will help you achieve this:

1.     Make Connections

The brain's emotional center is the limbic system, responsible for your performance and emotions. What many people do not know is that emotions are actually contagious. This is why you start laughing when someone laughs, and feel sadness when you see someone suffer. This is most effective when people communicate face to face, and it is called emotional contagion.

Emotional contagion can occur within milliseconds and is basically instinctive behavior. Knowing this, you can use connections to keep your brain at its optimal level. Sharing things with others can certainly help your own feelings, and therefore, improve your brain's function.

'Practicing emotional contagion takes only little of your time. Get rid of all distractions and be mindful to a conversation. I find it most inspirational when I speak to a positive person. Surround yourself with positive people' – says Pam Smith, an HR manager at Essayontime.

2.     Express Some Gratitude

According to a study, expressing gratitude and appreciation can positively change your brain if done frequently. In addition to being a great tool for fighting depression and frustrations, appreciation can also increase your productivity and motivate you.

Once you start appreciating people and things that surround you, you have a clearer perspective of the world. Such perspective helps you focus the thinking, fight off negative feelings, and therefore, improve your brain's function altogether.
How do you go about expressing gratitude?

Sit down and dedicate some time on identifying the people and things you are grateful for. These people are usually the closest to you, so try to think of at least one reason why you appreciate them. This exercise will help you get rid of the bad energy, flush out the stress, and improve your brain's executive function.

3.     Limit Your Thoughts

If you are overwhelmed often, it is no wonder that your brain gets those 'blank periods'. The brain is like a computer. If you fill it up with too many tasks and thoughts, it's 'RAM' will be blocked.

Of course, we are not saying that you should not complete your tasks, but try to take everything one step at a time. Too many obligations, constant multi-tasking, and thoughts that run around all the time will eventually exhaust the brain. This results in a decreased ability to work at its optimal level.

To change this, start by organizing your tasks. If you do a nice management of your time and tasks, you will get rid of all the things you need to remember and do and release the tension in your brain. Limiting your thoughts to what has to be done at the moment will prevent all those interruptions in the middle of the brain's flow.

4.     Get Some More Mitochondria

This is the strangest tip of them all, but probably the most necessary when it comes to brain's function. Mitochondria are micro-power plants located in the muscle tissue. The more you have them in your body, the more energized you will be.

When your muscle mass is too soft, a number of mitochondria in your body is ten times smaller. Therefore, you can get some more mitochondria by stressing the muscles. In addition to improving your brain's function, exercise is beneficial for your general health and well-being.

You can do all kinds of exercises to achieve this. Start going to the gym, take the stairs to work, dump the car keys and start walking around the city, etc. In addition, you can do your own workouts at home. Your options are limitless.

5.     Rewire the Energy

Our final advice is to focus on the energy, the lack of it is the reason why your brain is functioning poorly in the first place. In order to rewire the energy, you need to ask yourself 'What depletes it in the first place?'

The biggest culprits are stress and exhaustion, but there are many reasons why we lack the energy our body needs to get things done. Fortunately, there are effective ways to rewire the brain and teach it to control unwanted negative feelings and fight off stress. And of course, if you are exhausted all the time, you may want to consider organizing your time and tasks better.

As there are many reasons why the brain gets tired and cannot do its magic, there are also many ways to change this. Try to implement these simple strategies in your daily routine, and you will notice positive changes in no time!

Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her  blog BestWritingClues Find her on Twitter and Facebook
 
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