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How To Use More of My Brain

Updated on March 19, 2014

Use Your Brain!

We only use a very little percentage of our brain power. What a waste! Imagine if we could use, let's say, fifty percent - we could be on top of the world!

Here are a few ways to train your brain, and teach it to work harder, just so we get a little more out of this very powerful computer-like organ!


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Breath, Meditate, Sit Up Straight!

Breath deep. More air in means more oxygen in the blood and in the brain. . Several deep breaths will help you relax, and relaxing is conducive to clearer thinking.

Meditate. Just close your eyes and try to pay attention to your breath. Several minutes of simple focusing on your breathing will relax you, clear your mind, and leave you ready for any mental task.

Sit up straight. Posture affects your thinking process. I know - so simple, but so effective!

Learn a Language

Learn a language. Learning a new language introduces your mind to new concepts and new ways of looking at things. I know it's easier said, than done, but it will be worth it, since it is one of the best brain exercises.

Concentrate and "Find' Yourself in Writing

Concentrate. Concentration and clear thinking are more or less automatic once you remove distractions. Learn to sort of "stop" for a minute and "watch" your busy mind.

Write. Diaries, journals, poetry, note-taking and story-writing are fantastic ways to use writing to boost your brain power. They will clarify your thoughts and improve your creativity.

Exercise Your Mind and Body

Speed reading. Contrary to what many believe, your comprehension of material often goes up when you learn to speed-read. You get to learn a lot more in less time, and it is definitely a good brain exercise.


Exercise. Long term exercise can boost brainpower, which isn't surprising. Anything that affects physical health in a positive way helps the brain too.

Work on your creativity. Creativity gives power to your thinking.Work in your imagination!

Use techniques for clear thinking.
Cluttered rooms and offices can contribute to cluttered thinking. Organize a space for mental work. Sigh, stretch, and take a deep breath before you start on a tough mental job. Plan some distraction-free time for brainstorming.

Brain wave entertainment
The newest brain wave entertainment products are powerful tools for altering your brain function. They will relax you, and make you feel that you are just having fun, when you are actually working on improving your brain power! Try www.lumosity.com.

Enjoy Your Life!

Do something you enjoy. This is a way to both lower stress and rev up your brain. The key is to do something active: play Scrabble, make jewelry, draw - whatever makes you happy! You will worry less and think more positively.

Adjust your beliefs.
Believe you are smarter, and you'll become smarter. When you have a good idea, make a note of it!

Sleep, Laugh, Play!

Sleep better. The quality is actually more important than the quantity. Take short afternoon naps to recharge your brain.

Laugh. The release of endorphins caused by laughter lowers stress levels, which is great for long term brain health. Laughter also tends to leave you more open to new ideas and thoughts.

Play. Stimulating the brain causes measurable changes in the structure of the brain. New connections are made and new brain cells are grown. Intellectual play, as well as any playing that involves hand-eye coordination stimulates the brain. Do puzzles!

Play, Play, Play!

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This is a great way to keep your brain in shape. And it is so great to learn more about the world and expand your horizons, isn't it?

Remember to have fun with it. Exercising you brain should make you happier, more self-aware, and generally more satisfied with your life.

© 2013 Aga

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by dear rajan jolly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Use More of My Brain has great ideas and so true about keeping the brain healthy with these valuable tips.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Dolores Monet, thank you for reading my hub! I am not a fan of video games either. No matter what - I refuse to waste my time like that :-)

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great suggestions! Something most of us need to work on. While I am no fan of video games I heard the most amazing story. Doctors in a study were trying to learn why certain surgeons performed Laparoscopic surgery so quickly and efficiently. Why did this one bunch of young doctors out perform their peers? They discovered that the highly effective group were big video game players! (Still not a fan)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Suzanne Day - you are so right. Games (not the video games though, I am not a fan) are very stimulating.

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Stimulating the mind is a great way to get it buzzing. Playing and multi tasking with interesting things is a great way to do this. I also find drinking lots of different flavoured herbal teas is refreshing for my body and mind. Voted useful!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      marieryan - thank you so much for reading my article. I wish I used more of my brain. I can only imagine how much more I could achieve in life!

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      Marie Ryan 4 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      A very opportune article for me! I loved all of your suggestions for mental health. I believe we use a very small percentage of our brain's potential capacity. (Can't quite remember the figure...due to lack of brain capacity, no doubt.) I am desperately trying to UNclutter my writing space to calm me and help me focus more clearly on my writing. Thanks for good article.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I am glad you enjoyed my hub Violet Flame! I always say playing and having fun with what you do is the key!

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Awesome Monis Mas! This is one topic I am always interested in. Being an artist it is an ongoing task to get the creative juice flowing as freely as possible. I avoid too much routine and too many rules and I encourage myself to have fun and play and follow my passion always. Great hub! xo

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and a very thoughtful comment, mec86! I have tried meditation before sleep - it is absolutely the best! It relaxes me, and I simply just "fly away" into deep sleep.

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      Matt 4 years ago from NB, Canada

      Great article. I was immediately drawn to it, upon visiting your page. I have actually been trying to do many of these things. My neighbour originally spoke french, I'm helping him with english, and he's helping me refresh the little bit of french that I knew. I especially liked the part about meditation. I would like to take that up again. Have you ever used meditation to calm a wandering mind and fall asleep? That works well too!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I am planning on it, bizarrett81 :-)

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Have some children-they make you laugh and play LOL but they DO steal sleep....

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Eddy, thank you, thank you so much!!!!!!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      bizarrett81 - I am so glad you enjoyed my hub! Thank you so much for stopping by, and very thoughtfull comment! I feel that I should follow those tips more often - I definitely don't laugh and play often enough :-(

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Dear janetwrites - the same with me: English is my second language! Thank you for your kind words!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant hub.

      Eddy.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Fantastic advice! Given the state of ignorance everyone seems to live in, I don't believe many people exercise their brains. LOL I love, love, love the human brain, in fact, it is what I am studying in school. It is an amazing, intricate, supermachine! I love that you mention meditation, and laughing and playing! Happiness and allowing yourself to be at peace are SO important for the well being of that little wrinkled machine in our skulls. Voted up and sharing!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Very useful tips! I already follow some of them. I write in a foreign language, English, everyday so I have to use more of my brain. Thank you for sharing this great hub.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading, Cat! I wish I found time to follow all of these tips :-) All we can do is try!

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Monis Mas,

      I've always known that our brains get muddled when we have too many things to think about or a lot of stress. I thought it was just mental overload, but I think now that it may be due to the fact that we often don't allow the time to follow these great suggestions when we are overwhelmed! I'm all for doing the things that I love while keeping my brain in optimum power mode. Thank you!

      Cat :)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you Bill. Let's laugh and play! That's my favorite too :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the laughing and playing suggestions. Those I can do with ease. :) Interesting hub my friend. Well done!