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Simple Tips To Fortify That Noggin (aka Brain)

Updated on January 21, 2012

Since Valentine's Day is coming up -- okay, it's next month -- I wanted to book dinner reservations at this particular restaurant as early as possible since it fills up quite fast during that occasion. However, for the life of me I couldn't remember that restaurant's name! Then out of desperation, I asked my wife, "Remember the time you got sick and I had to cancel the reservations last Valentine's day ... do you recall the restaurant's name?" She laughed, and said, "Oh, you mean the restaurant where the receptionist felt so bad that you had to you cancel the Valentine's dinner reservations and thought you got stood up or dumped by your sweet heart?"

Yeah, yeah ... okay, I remember. The receptionist went through the dramatics, telling me just how sorry he was that I had to cancel ... and on and on. I did not explain myself, and just thanked him for being understanding.

"Cafe M___" my wife chimed in with a smile.

All kidding aside, I thought to myself, "Man, I'm still a bit too young to get these senior moments", and so I decided to search the web to find info on strengthening that good ole' noggin of mine. And what I found was quite interesting and easy to implement. Here are some tips I would like to share with you ...

Be Adventurous. The brain appears to get bored fast and doesn't get stimulated if things become routine and predictable. So to give your brain a workout, fool it by doing something out of your routine. Maybe you can take the stairs to your office rather than take the daily elevator ride. Or maybe you can put your watch on the other wrist. Anyways, you get the idea, right?

Do Brain Games. I'm not a "gamer" kinda' guy, so this might not fit into my lifestyle. However, doing crosswords or Sudoku will definitely get your brain's neurons excited! This may not fall under the category of "games", however, I think surfing the web is quite fun. The process of searching the internet, via Google or some other search engine, for topics of interest and/or for research, actually gives your decision-making and complex reasoning portions of your brain a good workout. So take time to browse the net once in a while!

Morning ritual. Set aside the very first part your morning to read. This "golden hour", according to Brian Tracy, sets the tone of focus for your whole day. So rather than read the newspaper during the "golden hour", read a book about marketing, self-development, IT, or whatever you feel will enhance your day at work or home.

Daily maintenance of your teeth and gums. I recall when I had two shelties, the vet always reminded me to brush their teeth regularly, not only for their oral hygiene but for their overall health and well-being. I guess we humans are no different! It appears good oral health equates to good cognitive functioning. So don't forget to brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis!

Have a "mirrored" day. For example, rather than use your dominant hand to eat or brush your teeth, etc., let the other had do those tasks. It's like learning a new skill, and the brain will thank you for giving it another challenge. If you use the mouse on your computer or laptop, try using your less dominant hand to navigate it.

Eat Blueberries. Not only are they good for your kidneys, these tasty fruits are known to enhance your thought processes. Have some with a cup of yogurt today!


Those are some tips I thought were interesting and simple enough to implement. You may want to consider incorporating some into your daily routine if you feel your mind getting a bit sluggish.

Recharge, re-boot the brain!

g."Not Time For Senior Moments Yet".s


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      glenns 6 years ago

      Hi Denise!

      Oh, you're welcome, and thanks for your deep tip on gratitude! I think that's another winner of a tip. Yes, gratitude puts proper perspective on things ... life ... and it's cleansing for your brain and soul. It clears you of all that chatter in your brain and gives it a nice re-boot!

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      Denise W Anderson 6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for the ideas! I find that gratitude helps, too. When I find my mind doing things I don't want it to, I will find ten things to be grateful for. It is a humbling experience!

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      glenns 6 years ago

      Ahhh ... sounds like a plan, teacherjoe52. Thanks for your tips on your morning ritual and the rosemary tea! Current research mentions that rosemary tea increases the flow of blood to the brain and helps improve memory, reasoning and cognition. Cool!

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      teacherjoe52 6 years ago

      I drink rosemary tea every morning and the old memory has improved greatly.

      As well every morning is spent in quiet time reading the Bible (where God talks to me),praying (where I talk with God)and writing (where God uses me to talk to others)