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Five Considerations for Training Your Brain

By Tracy Packiam Alloway

Part of Training Your Brain For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Training your brain involves more than just your brain itself. From what to eat to doing the right physical activities, to socialising, you can help your brain to work more efficiently in lots of different ways. Here are five great examples:

  • Mental health. Happiness isn’t a state of mind that some people are lucky enough to be born with; happiness can be a choice. And you can choose to be happy to make a difference to your mental health.

  • Body matters. An active lifestyle leads to a more efficient brain. From what you eat, to what exercise you do, to how much sleep you get, and the amount of caffeine you drink – all these affect your brain.

  • Call a friend. From picking up the phone, to meeting for coffee, to discussing the latest movie together – growing research illustrates the benefits of friendships for the brain.

  • Digital help. You’re never too young or too old to start training your brain. But although many products do have good hard science to back up their claims, equally many – if not more! – products are without any scientific backing. Don’t get suckered into products that don’t have research behind their claims. Discover how to figure out what really works from what doesn’t.

  • Silence speaks. In this ever-demanding environment, finding time to quiet your brain and create a space for contemplation is increasingly important. Calm time brings tremendous benefits for your brain, so be sure to make time for quiet every day.