I once met a taxi driver who could speak thirty-three different languages. Yes, you read that right — thirty-three! Amazing, isn’t it? Every time he didn’t have a client, he would just drive his taxi while listening to audio books about different languages. And every time a client would jump into his taxi, he would chat with them in their language as much as he could.
His accomplishment is nothing short of astounding and ridiculously cool. And it’s one of the greatest examples of how powerful the brain truly is.
While most of us have been led to believe that the human brain deteriorates as we age, recent research shows that it is not rigid or unchanging. In fact, in an amazing process known as neuroplasticity, the brain can actually adapt, change, and create new connections as we grow older.
The brain is such a wonderful muscle that can grow and become stronger with regular exercise and training.
How do you grow your brain?
The simplest answer is to learn. Make everything a learning experience. Discover more about everything that drives you. Make the most of the tools at your disposal and allow yourself to absorb as much information as you can. If you engage in activities that involve a lot of imagining, perceiving, and sensing, your brain will change and reorganise itself.
Here are eight basic tips to help you get started.
1. Exercise on a daily basis. This will help keep you physically and mentally alert and healthy.
2. Get plenty of rest, especially after intense activities. This allows your brain to refocus and reorganise.
3. Breathe properly throughout the day. Make sure your breath is not shallow.
4. Ward off stress. The chemicals it releases into your system can shrink some parts of your brain.
5. Focus on finishing one task at a time, instead of multi-tasking. If you multi-task often, you be might be unknowingly training your brain to lose focus by constantly looking for information and stimulation.
6. Learn a new skill or a new language. This can change the physical structure of your brain, improve function, and stimulate creativity.
7. Regularly eat foods high in iron, folate, essential fatty acids, tryptophan, and vitamin B6. These nutrients can do wonders for brain health. For more info on this, check out The 10 Mood Boosting Nutrients.
8. Consider getting chiropractic adjustments. It’s been proven that this can improve how well information travels between your body and your brain.