It is necessary to pay attention to mental development throughout life. Because how old we feel is not only determined by age, but also by clarity of mind!
Unfortunately, it often happens that the people forgei about it. Some people even in middle age (not to mention old age) forget about basic things: walking and running, exercises for posture, prevention of joints and tendons (stretching), memory work. People think it’s all a waste of time. In fact, it is not. Each of these exercises will only take a few minutes of your time, but you will feel much better and prolong your health.
Another root of the problem with cognitive degeneration (mind degeneration) is that it tends to be invisible. People don’t pay attention to their brains, thinking they’re doing just fine. The paradox is that you will be immediately aware of an acute pain in your back or knees, but it is unlikely that your mental faculties are failing. Only those around you will notice it.
But the whole problem is that as a person ages, without neural connectivity, he begins to degenerate. And, as we said above: youth is largely determined not by the numbers in the passport, but by the clarity of the mind. So it’s better to spend some time on developing your gray matter of brain than to discreetly start hanging out.
So how do you keep your mind clear? I have good news for you: there are some excellent and uncomplicated exercises on this subject!
1. Colored words
On the picture you see words written in different colors. You don’t need to say the word out loud, but the color it is written in. When you get to the end of the list, read all the words in reverse order. Confusion is likely to set in. After all, our right brain hemisphere is trying to name the color, and our left brain is making us say the word.
The exercise itself trains the connection between the two hemispheres, as well as the skills of concentration and changing the object of attention. In addition to its obvious benefits, this technique is also a preventive measure against Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Schulte table
And this is a trainer of peripheral vision, attention, and reading speed. When you do the exercise, the table should be 25-30 centimeters away from your eyes, like reading a book. Focus on the numbers in the center and try to look at the whole table.
It is necessary to find numbers from 1 to 25 in ascending order with no gaps as quickly as possible and without saying them out loud. It is important not to take your eyes off the center, and look for the right numbers with your peripheral vision. Beginners complete the task in 1 minute. Our goal is to get the skill to 10 seconds.
Your task is not so much to find the numbers as to see the center and surrounding numbers at the same time. This method perfectly trains the ability to snatch the necessary information from a large volume of text.
3. Finger signs
Fold the fingers of your right hand into a “Peace” or “Victory” sign, and the fingers of your left hand into an “OK” sign. Then change hands with the signs as quickly as possible. Then you can try alternating the symbols with both hands at the same time.
Although the exercise seems ridiculous from the outside, it is excellent for training concentration, attention, and the ability to switch from one task to another.
4. Writing with both hands at the same time
Geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, and Paul McCartney are said to have been born ambidextrous, that is, people who have a good right and left hand at the same time. This skill, however, does not have to be innate. It can be trained. And this ability has an excellent effect on memory. And it’s just convenient.
We take two sheets of paper and a pencil with a pen. Write identical words or draw identical figures with both hands at the same time. It is important to do it in the same rhythm and try to repeat the same way.
Even if you don’t develop the skill of writing with both hands, you will perfectly train your brain to do several tasks at the same time without losing quality.
It is also useful to do familiar tasks with a different hand than the one you usually do them with. Also, try to do the usual things with your eyes closed. Anything out of the ordinary creates new neural connections in our brain and helps it pump up.
Our mental capacity depends on ourselves. The beauty is that our brains can develop from a variety of processes. Thus, start by greedily seeking out new emotions, sensations, and knowledge. Always remember:
New neural connections = Mental clarity = Healthy brain.
So don’t limit yourself to just this exercises. Come up with new tasks for yourself regular, like once a week. Go new ways to work and store, read more books, learn foreign languages, learn new skills and so on.
Anything new and unusual gives us mental clarity and intellectual development. Remember this, as long as there is something to remember. 🙂
That’s it. I wish everyone have a clear mind, a clear memory, and perfect harmony in all!