Memoryby Len Horridge
You can exercise your brain, just as you can exercise your body, and over time it will definitely help your memory and all your mental faculties. So learn how to give your brain a healthy workout and keep your neural pathways well toned.
The key to neurobics is to get BOTH sides of the brain working. Both sides?
The right-hand side of the brain is noted for being the creative side; the left is used for serial processing of facts. So use music, visuals, smells or anything else that engages both sides of the brain – in other words anything that is both creative and procedural, combining logic and creativity.
Imagine intentionally entering your house with your eyes closed and feeling your way into the hall.
Imagine totally rearranging your office furniture and desktop.
Neurobics exercises use your five physical senses and your emotional sense in unexpected ways that shake up your everyday routines. To be neurobic, a brain exercise should do one or more of the following:
- Involve one or more of your senses in a novel way: brush your teeth with the hand you don’t normally use, eat a meal with your family in silence or take a shower with your eyes closed.
- Engage your attention: do something unusual or surprising to evoke strong basic emotions, such as taking your child to work for the day or going white-water rafting.
- Break your normal routine: take a completely new route to work or shop at a farmer’s market instead of the grocery store.
Normally, our brains use unconscious ‘maps’ created from past experience to guide our daily activities. By engaging new or little-used mental pathways, you strengthen synapses between nerve cells and produce more brain growth molecules, all of which revive mental acuity and slow mental aging.
The benefit is a fit and flexible mind that is ready to meet any mental challenge, whether it be remembering a name or where you put your keys, mastering a new computer program or staying creative in your work. Plus, you’ll have some interesting new activities to remember!