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Use your left hand more often: If you are a right-handed person try using your left hand to do mundane things like organizing your desk or filling your water bottles. A simple task of brushing your teeth with your left hand is another option. This forces your brain to establish a connection with a part of your body which is used less, challenging your brain to outperform in the tasks. This forms new pathways in the brain, preventing it from premature ageing.
Write a diary: If you stay glued to your smartphone and laptop most part of the day, try writing a diary at night. Writing is a physical activity that helps your brain to concentrate. Write few lines about how your day was thinking deeply about it. This will take your brain on a different tangent, giving your grey cells enough exercise by breaking the usual thought process.
Smell your food: While we rely too much on our sense of sight, we ignore our sense of smell. To activate the area in the brain connected to olfactory senses, try playing guessing games at your dinner table. Blindfolded, try to recognise the dishes laid in front of you by smelling them. This will be a great way to give your grey cells a boost and revive them.
Take a different route: At times, try to take a different route to work or while heading back home. Alternatively, you can also try going for a vacation or visiting a new supermarket. This makes your brain take in new information through visual medium, stimulating the visual-spatial centre of the brain.
Play board games: Remember how much you loved playing board games when you were young? So why did you stop now? Certain board games like chess, ludo, monopoly put your brain to work, making it think and remember your moves. This is a great way to enhance brain power without much effort.
Wiggle your feet: Did you know that your feet have receptors that connect to your brain? Wiggling your feet early in the morning before getting out of the bed is a great way to exercise your grey cells. This will improve brain power, if practised daily.
Socialise: Try to reach more people and interact with them on a daily basis. The brain develops new neurons while helping you present your arguments logically and communicate the right way to connect with people. The bonus is your brain gets a workout while you impress yourself with your wittiness out there.
Learn or listen to music: If you don’t have the time to invest in music classes, try listening to music more often, particularly classical music. It is said that classical music stimulates both sides of your brain simultaneously helping it to retain learned information better.
Laugh out loud: Laughing is therapeutic and prevents ageing of your brain. It activates the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and other regions which releases dopamine. Dopamine is essential for cognitive thinking, learning and retaining memory and attention. Deficiency of dopamine is what leads to various cognitive failures later in life.