In this article, “Neuroplasticity: How to Rewire Your Brain for Success,” you will discover how neuroplasticity can improve your overall quality of life and become successful.
The human brain is probably the most important and complex organ in our body. The brain is responsible for coordinating every part—internal or external—of a human’s body. It sends neurons that are fundamental to our brain and nervous system.
These neurons or nerve cells are responsible for carrying the action and reaction message back to our body that enables us to feel and think. Also, it allows us to remember and learn new things and even helps us adjust to new experiences (called plasticity).
Fun Fact: did you know that there are about 100 billion neurons in our brain?
The ABILITY of the BRAIN to CHANGE and allow a person to LEARN/RELEARN how to adapt to different environments is called Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity. This remarkable discovery helps patients who had a stroke, brain injury, learning disability, traumatic event, and depression by developing their focus and emotional reactivity with their recovery.
Neuroplasticity can help anyone, even those without a brain injury or trauma, to have more control mentally, therefore, having more control of their lives. In fact, a 2016 research by Dr. Joyce Shaffer, a clinical professor at the University of Washington Seattle, proved that you could use neuroplasticity for therapeutic and development of the brain’s function for personal empowerment. And this is possible through living a healthier lifestyle and changing focus.
How can you improve neuroplasticity? You can do some basic exercises that you can do at home to enhance neuroplasticity for a healthier brain.
Exercising helps improve cognitive performance, thus, enhancing brain health. Any exercise that is good for your heart is also good for your brain. This is because when your heart rate is increasing, more oxygen gets pumped to your brain, which nourishes it and promotes the growth of brain cells. Exercise also improves your speed of reaction and memory performance.
Performing any physical activities in the morning will help prepare you for mental stress because our brain produces endorphins (the “feel-good” neurotransmitter) during exercises.
2. Proper Diet.
As we all know, our energy comes from food, and our brain functions well when we intake a healthy and balanced food diet. Certain food that boost brain function usually contains antioxidants, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Giving your body the right nutrients will also have an impact on your total brain’s health, function, and life span.
Avoiding excessive amounts of sugary beverages, such as sodas, will not only increase your chances of having diabetes, but also increase the risk of having poorer memory, or even memory loss. You should also stay away from food that contain aspartame (artificial sweetener), alcohol, high in trans fats, highly processed food, and refined carbohydrates.
Sleep is essential for a human’s brain. Research shows that sleep deprivation results in deficits in learning and poor memory, thus, decreasing brain function. Sleep is as important as food and oxygen to your brain for it to function at its finest. On the other hand, lack of sleep will lower your quality of life as your brain and body won’t function normally.
4. Reduce stress and negativity.
Stress happens when we respond to a situation negatively. There are several causes of stress, but the most common are problems and concerns about health, financial, family, and work. Also, it can be in short-term or long-term.
However, chronic stress causes cortisol, our primary stress hormones, to build up in our brain, thus wearing down the brain and impairing it. As a result, the brain will not function properly, reducing the size of the brain, and killing the brain cells.
If you applied these new changes in your lifestyle, it would be easier for you to find clarity on what you want to accomplish and why you want to accomplish it. Now, here are some tips on what you can do to boost your chances of success in life by increasing your neuroplasticity.
Help your brain grow by finding out your core value.
Reset your mind and create a space for new insights. Ask yourself:
Reflect and meditate on your current situation and what you want to do. One you find clarity on your core value, you can start to align your other plans.
Set goals that motivate you.
You will realize your goals once you found clarity on your core values. When you set meaningful and realistic goals, you are more motivated to accomplish those than goals that you have set the bar too high.
Take one step at a time.
Change can be overwhelming, and that’s what you want to avoid. That is why it is okay to take small steps, complete simple tasks daily, and then track your progress; you will be surprised by how far you have come.
Choose your circle and influences.
Spend more time with people who motivate you, empower you, and, as much as possible, those who have the same core values as you have. Your neuroplasticity increases and create a meaningful growth mindset when you align yourself with those types of people.
Procrastination will lead you to nowhere and will not even help you develop your brain plasticity as well. You can unshackle from that bad habit by practicing mindfulness. This is by being aware of what is happening to you and around you. If you are aware of what is happening to you, what you are thinking, and your consciousness, you are able to come up with value-based resolutions and make the most of your time.
It is never too late to change your life. You can still live life differently—the way you want to. You can change your bad, old habits to new meaningful habits. Start rewiring your brain by improving your neuroplasticity now. Learn more about this, and the different exercises you can do to stimulate your brain activity with the Neuroplasticity: How To Rewire Your Brain online course by Skill Success.
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