Does your brain feel exhausted? There’s so much going on every day; no wonder our minds become scattered and tired!
But wouldn’t it be amazing if you could recharge your brain?
“Your brain is the organ of your personality, character, and
intelligence and is heavily involved in making you who you are.”
– Daniel G. Amen
Fortunately, there are tricks you can use to get back on track! Then, you can revitalize your mind and do what you need to do.
Here are 10 ways you can revitalize your brain and kick it into high gear:
1. Refuel your brain
“We all know that what you eat affects your brain. However, eating healthy for your mind is not only what you eat but what you think and say while you eat.”
— Carmen Jacob
When your brain is lagging, it might be because you’re hungry. You can’t drive a car without fuel, and the same goes for your thinker. Not to mention, your brain uses 20% of your energy! So, eat some protein and carbs to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Brain boosting foods:
- Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, or cashew nuts.
- Cottage cheese.
- Eggs and toast.
- Strawberries, bananas, or apples.
- Greek yogurt.
- Dip raw broccoli or sugar snap peas in Ranch.
After your snack, you’ll be ready for action!
2. Brain dump your worries
“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom subtract things every day.” — Lao Tzu
If you have a lot on your mind, it’ll hold you back from being productive. Take the time to do a “brain dump,” which means you write out all your distracting thoughts and worries. Afterward, you can give all your attention to the task at hand.
3. Listen to brain enhancing music
Play your favorite music in the background, and you’ll amp up your productivity. Plus, you’ll have a better time! Music can prep your brain to absorb information. It also helps you get into the flow and activate high-performance mode—the best way to work if you ask me!
4. Get moving!
“The muscle that needs most exercise is your brain.”
— Carmen Jacob
Sometimes your brain needs some fresh air, sun, and exercise. Taking a short walk can do wonders for your mood and ability to think. The boost of oxygen and vitamin D might be what you needed.
If you’re sitting for most of the day at work, make it a point to frequently stand up and walk around for a bit. That will also help with eye strain from staring at monitors all day.
Most people sit all day, but this drains their mental energy! As you know, a body at rest stays at rest. So, get your body moving!
Your cells create energy in their mitochondria and walking a few times a week doubles their size. Then they’ll generate even more energy.
When I’m tired, I do these exercises:
- I grab my chair’s armrests and lift my body up and down.
- 15 squats by my desk.
- 25 situps on a yoga ball.
- 15 pushups.
Exercise infuses your blood with oxygen and gets it pumping; this will clear out your mental fog.
5. Power down your brain
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Your brain needs to take breaks so it can process everything. You can reboot your mind by setting a timer for 5 minutes, closing your eyes, and listening to yourself breathing. Voila, you’re meditating!
6. Stop the overstimulation
If you’re looking at screens, your attention is getting scattered hundreds of times per day. People check their phones 58 times per day and 30 of which are during work hours. That’s not counting the time spent on your computer or TV.
You’re pummeling your mind with random stimulation and training yourself to think in the same way. One second you’re wondering what you need to do that day, and the next, you’re watching fail videos.
After a while, it’ll be nearly impossible to concentrate on anything that doesn’t shock or amaze you. Yet, most life-changing goals require your sustained focus.
So, cut back on staring into glowing screens and teach yourself to handle things that aren’t overwhelming your brain with chaos. Give your brain a break. Perhaps have a no-screen day?
7. Catch some Z’s
Sleep is essential for you to think clearly and store memories. Try to get at least 7 hours of restful sleep every night and take naps if needed.
During sleep, your brain clears out all the residue that builds up throughout the day. So, get brainwashed by taking a power nap!
If you’re an entrepreneur, you have the luxury of taking a quick 20-minute power nap. Set the alarm because if you sleep longer than that, you’ll be out of it when you wake up!
Give your brain time to rest, and it will perform much better.
8. Do something unexpected
“Experience is food for the brain.”— Bill Waterson
Jolt your brain into alert mode by doing something out of the ordinary. When you do the same things every day in the same places, it dulls your mind. So, try doing something completely different one day and see how you feel afterward. These activities are great for your mental health and will awaken a bored brain.
Wake up your brain by doing something different. It’s good for you to get out of your same old routine. You don’t have to do anything crazy, like moving to the high desert in a tiny camper, but do something out of the ordinary.
- Try working in another room or outside.
- Dress up for no reason.
- Cook something new.
Your brain needs variety; otherwise, it’ll get bored and stagnant. Toss some spice in your life and do something new!
“Collect moments, not things.”
— Paulo Coelho
Your environment affects your mood and your ability to focus. A cluttered environment can add to your mental overwhelm. It will frazzle your nerves, and you won’t know why. So, take the time to clean up every evening so you can have a fresh start in the morning.
Eliminate what’s getting in your way so you can be more efficient and clear-headed.
Organize your physical and digital files.
- Throw out papers and things you never use.
- Hide your wires and cords.
- Clear all surfaces.
Also, tidy up your thoughts by working on one thing at a time. Multitasking is for fools! Task switching zaps your mental energy. You’ll end up partially doing several things, and none of them well.
Declutter everything, and you’ll simplify your life.
“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”—Marcus Aurelius
If you’re dehydrated, you’ll be tired and unmotivated. You need water to be at your best. Experts say that if you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated. Drink some water, and you’ll bounce back fast!
You might think that chugging coffee will awaken your mind, but it might make things worse. Coffee worsens dehydration, and your brain is 73% water. Even losing 1% of its water can decrease your ability to focus! So, chug down some ASAP.
Apple juice fuels your brain with chemicals that enhance and protect your memory. Later, it can even help you avoid Alzheimer’s! So, drink your juice!
If that doesn’t work, try coffee, but not too much.
11. Go outside
“A new challenge keeps the brain kicking and the heart ticking.”
— E.A. Bucchianeri
When you’re feeling sluggish, step outside for a few minutes. Research shows that being outside lowers stress levels and boosts your creativity! So, fill your lungs with fresh air while the sun gives you energy and vitamin D.
Try to spend this time without your phone to give your eyes a break from screens. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go when you get back to work!
12. Have some fun!
“Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.”
— George Scialabra
We’ve all heard a million times that we shouldn’t stress, but that’s not so easy.
Constant chronic stress can change your brain’s structure and shrink its size. High levels of cortisol deteriorate the hippocampus (where memories and learning are enabled). It lowers the number of new brain cells created. That can lead to depression. Let’s not do that.
Doing something enjoyable for a while can breathe new life into an overworked, tired brain. So, you could play a game, as long as you don’t get lost in it. Games activate different parts of your brain, which stimulate your attention span. But don’t play too long, or you’ll diminish them, then zombie syndrome will return.
Believe it or not, watching cute animal videos is beneficial for your brain! These sweet faces eliminate stressful thoughts and make you happy.
They’re heartwarming (something we could all use these days), and they help you focus when you get back to work.
13. Wash your face or take a shower
Brushing your teeth can spruce up your mood and ability to concentrate. If you can, take a shower to revitalize your thought processes. Otherwise, splashing your face with cold water can wake you up and refresh your mood.
In short, when you recharge your brain, you give your entire day a needed boost. It’s beneficial to do these things regularly too! So, clear out the clutter, go for a walk, drink water, and have a snack to clarify your thoughts. As a result, you’ll be happier and more productive too!
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Let me know in the comments if you know any other ways to recharge your brain!