Mind Power: 8 EASY tips to get your brain working

Do you have optimal mind power?

mind power - charlie sheen quoteDoes this scenario sound familiar? You’ve finally found time to write. You sit down to get started. Nothing. You grab a coffee and try again. Nada. Check your emails, social media and then chastise yourself for lack of productivity. Time to get serious, now. After struggling through your ideas, between multiple distractions, you manage a rough draft, but a lot less words than you planned. The phrase ‘brain dead’ is brought up. You need mind power.

Mind Power – not jut for psychics

The brain is a fascinating tool; we only use a fraction at any time, and yet we function through all the tasks we need to do. But like any part of your body, you need to nurture your mind. There are ways to train your brain to behave at it’s optimal level. I’m not suggesting years of intense study–merely a few simple steps you can take today to improve your mind power.

mind powerIn Power up Your Mind, Bill Lucas explores broad research carried out on the human mind and the results of various trials on mind power.

There is a wealth of useful information in this book, I took in the audiobook and found it an easy way to absorb all the suggestions and data.

Here’s just a few of Lucas’ findings to help you increase your mind power:

1. MORE WATER

Lots of H2O to keep our body hydrated. When we suffer dehydration, our mind wanders and it’s extremely hard to focus. Most of us do not drink enough water each day. You’ve probably heard the 8 glasses of water a day advice, but you must also take into account your climate, physical activity and diet habits and adjust accordingly. A hydrated brain is an optimal brain!

2. LESS COFFEE

I know you think that caffeine is helping you be productive, but it’s not! Yes, coffee gives you short bursts of energy, but it’s not focused energy. It’s also a dehydrator, so for every cup of coffee you drink, you’ll need two glasses of water to rehydrate. You don’t have to give up your favourite cup of java, but how about cutting down, and making sure you get those extra couple of glasses of water into you after each cup?

3. LESS SUGAR

You might become hyperactive after coffee or sugar, but increased awareness is not the same as increased attention. You can become fidgety and actually pay less attention to the tasks ahead. Again, it’s not a matter of cutting sugar out completely, but trying to cut down on processed sugars.

4. MORE PROTEIN, FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLES

Fresh fruit and vegetables–good for body, good for brain. Protein is also great brain food. For increased mind power and a healthy dose of protein, try eating more fish.

5. LESS CARBOHYDRATES

It takes a lot of energy for our bodies to digest carbohydrates and this results in sleepy-brain. Balance is important and while carbohydrates might be recommended when training for a marathon, it’s not the best food for mental concentration.

6. STRETCH

Keep your blood oxygenated. When we sit for long periods of time we become groggy because our blood has slowed down the amount of oxygen it carries. You can reinvigorate your brain by simply standing up and stretching. Just standing up can increase your oxygen to blood ratio by 20%.

7. CHILL OUT

Less stress. When the human brain is over-stressed, higher order thinking takes over. We go into survival mode. During this time it is almost impossible to focus on tasks that do not seem relevant to survival.

8. LAUGH

Increase laughter! This is a great way to decrease stress and an enjoyable tactic to increase mind power. Laughter releases endorphins, which act as relaxants, keep our stress levels low and our mind power high.

Power up Your Mind contains many more suggestions and research findings to help you optimise your mind power. I think it’s essential reading for every writer trying to increase their productivity and get those books written!

Want some further reading on increasing mind power? Here’s some other reads I’ll be trying:

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Comments

  1. Charmaine,

    GREAT tips! Sorry I’m a few days late—didn’t do any blog reading over the weekend, trying to catch up on house stuff—but I’ll definitely be sharing this one on FB. And bookmarking.

    I suffer from them all, especially 1,2,and 3. These are great reminders. Thanks. And since I’m your calendar, from now on I’ll send you a reminder a week before IWSG.

    Again, excellent post!
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    • Oh yeah…there’s a book by Lisa Cron, Wired for Story that you may find interesting about how the brain affects our willingness to accept various scenarios. I don’t have it (yet), but have followed her articles and find them extremely insightful.
      M.L. Swift recently posted…Love Bugs and Dog DaysMy Profile

      • There’s no late Mike because there’s no schedule for visiting blogs (wait, there’s not… Is there???). I really got into this book, I love when our actions and behaviours have explanations. I do a lot wrong too (totally fallen off the no -sugar wagon), but I’m keen to implement these strategies for my kids.

        Wired for Story can be my next read, thanks to your recommendation. And it fits in nicely with my lazy policy — it’s already on my shelf (never even flicked through).

        Appreciate the reminder offer 🙂
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  2. These are very useful tips, Charmaine! Laughing, stretching and chilling out I think are my favorites! 🙂
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  3. GREAT tips!
    I suffer from them all, especially 1,2,and 3. These are great reminders. Thanks. And since I’m your calendar, from now on I’ll send you a reminder a week before IWSG.

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