Best Ways to Use And Grow The Power Of Your Brain!

Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD
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Here it is as promised!

In last week’s article, we essentially unraveled why the human brain, just like a skeletal muscle must be exercised and trained to stay healthy, strong, and appropriately calibrated toward achieving your top goals in life.

If you missed last week’s article, you should read it HERE, before continuing with today’s article.

One of our takeaway messages was that “disuse leads to demise.” As James Ravis wrote. “Just as our bodies require care and exercise over the course of our life, so do our brains — especially as we age. Lifting weights strengthens our muscles while strengthening our mental “muscles” improves our memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence, and navigation.”

The question is, how do we strengthen our brain “muscles”? that is the discourse for today.

The fact is, consciously or subconsciously, our brains are being used all the time lifelong. Sadly, most of this usage is outside of our control and often leads away from our goals.

If you don’t learn how to use your brain effectively for your personal growth, the vast sea of distractions in today’s internet era will use it for you.

That is why today’s article is so important.

What are the best practices for using and growing your brain towards self-actualisation?

#1: Reading Books and use of Audiovisuals

Books provide a sea of historical and current repertoire of knowledge, wisdom, fantasies, and principles of human living. Reading a variety of books, covering different classes; self-help, financial literacy, autobiographies, romance, and general fiction, regularly, will ensure your brain is appropriately nourished with a flow of new info and ideas needed to build the neural network described in last week’s article. Some of these contents are also in the form of audiovisuals such as documentaries, podcasts, audiobooks, etc.

#2: Playing Games

Games, both online and offline,  generally are a great way of engaging the brain. Particularly games that rely on logic, maths, hand-eye coordination, and visuospatial skills are preferred.  Egs: Chess, Crossword puzzles, sudoku, Fifa, and Oware are some recommended games. The trick here is not to binge-play the game for several hours but carve a few minutes within the day, and in between your productive hours to play these games at progressively difficulty levels. Playing Fifa or any other game for so many hours is not only time wasted but becomes redundant fun after about the first 30 minutes.

#3:  Learn A New Skill

There is no age limit or financial cut-off point for learning a new skill. Your brain is always capable of learning something new. Learning a new skill such as swimming classes, playing a musical instrument or dance, taking cooking classes, learning computer programming, or new sports challenges and works all aspects of the brain, leading to the formation and consolidation of new brain networks.

#4: Daily Meditation

Meditation allows you to retreat into the quietude and serenity of your mind palace. According to recent research work in the field of neurogenesis, meditation plays a huge role in the creation of new brain cells and improving general psychological health, as it reduces cortisol levels and relieves stress. A five-minute reflection on the good fortunes of your life (amidst the challenges), the wonders of God’s creation, and envisioning what your desired success would be like, can go a long way to tune your brain to the frequency of the cosmic universe and bring you what you desire.

#5: Building Human Connection

Have you ever had a bad day and on getting home, all you wished to do, was just curl into someone’s lap and hear the person say to you “All is going to be ok, I know things are challenging now but you are doing great and all will be fine soon ok”. The point is once a while we each need a shoulder to cry on, and having at least one person in your life that you can always go to in your worst moment can be the difference between going insane and frustrated vs staying positive, persevering, and bouncing back.

To put the icing on the cake, make time to rest and eat well. Have adequate sleep and give your brain the chance to relax and refresh. In fact, research in neuroscience reveals that, during sleep, 75% of the Human Growth Hormome is produced during sleep and this has been found to raise your mood, cognition, and energy levels. Additionally, memory consolidation is also believed to happen during sleep. These benefits among others necessitate sleep/rest in this whole brain training process, just as rest is needed for the skeletal muscle to heal and hypertrophy.

Note the key is to create a balance between all these activities, in a way that none takes too much time at the expense of staying productive.

Train your brain, build your mind, and the physical will align appropriately.

~ Dr Josiah Nang-Bayi


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Josiah Nang-Bayi, MD is a medical doctor by profession, an author, a financial literacy and digital assets enthusiast, an entrepreneur and a growing philanthropist.
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