A lot of people spend a considerable amount of time in the gym honing their bodies, and while regular exercise is always good for the body and physical fitness, did you know that the brain requires just as much attention? Why hasn’t anyone made a habit of going to a “brain gym”? After all, the human brain is responsible for every thought, feeling, reaction, mood, and emotion that you experience in life.
The health of your mind greatly affects the quality of your life. Therefore it makes sense that mental health should be one of your top priorities. In this modern day and age, your mind is susceptible to all manner of anxiety, stress, depression, tension, frustration, all of which discourage you from living your life to the fullest.
What happens when you fail to exercise your brain regularly? Well, the same thing that happens to your body if you neglect it. Imagine if you will sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing physically, allowing yourself to become complacent, lazy, never doing anything physical to burn off the calories that you put on with every meal. You become lethargic, and if it continues, you develop illnesses that drastically affect your health even further. The same thing can happen to your brain.
You see, failure to exercise and stimulate your brain can result in the deterioration of its ability to process information nimbly and efficiently. Needless to say you need your brain’s information-processing abilities on a daily basis, especially if you’re in an active work environment.
Without a fully stimulated brain, you’ll find yourself incapable of handling personal issues and whatever duties and responsibilities you might have in the work place. A lethargic brain will result in bad performance in not only your work, but in other personal areas of your life as well.
It’s especially important for people who are in any kind of leadership positions to attain superior mental proficiency, as they tend to utilize more “brain power” to strategize and take charge of their subordinates.
If you are a leader or a manager of your company (or even if you hold a leadership position within your household) you will need the full processing power of your brain to identify opportunities that others might have missed out, solutions to problems that need quick resolutions, and so on and so forth.
You’ll need to have a better brain capacity to remember various information such as schedules, meetings, details, etc. How can you hope to become a successful leader with a lethargic, unstimulated brain?
Ideally the best time to develop your brain’s abilities is during the formative years, when one first learns basic skills such as reading and writing. But if you’re already an adult, never fear, because it’s never too late for you to further the development of your brain. This is why most effective leaders keep their minds healthy and stimulate growth by training their brain through brain gym activities.
You can do this by playing games that stimulate the mind, such as puzzles or crosswords or Sudoku. Anything that gets you thinking will not only exercise your mind, but it will also enhance the evolution of your brain so that you’re able to access parts of your mind that most others cannot.
By John Vaughan