Many people think that one’s mental capacity is affected by age, racial and genetic factors. However, there are many cognitive development techniques you can do to make your mind more efficient and alert. By opening up the left and right brain communication pathways, the person is able to regain positive mental energy. It is all just a matter of doing some regular mental exercise. The purpose of mind development is basically to achieve the three following objectives:
1. to improve speed and accuracy of one’s mind and rational thoughts;
2. to raise contemplative awareness so one can be in touch with one’s own mind through simultaneous multiple perspectives; and
3. to remind alert at all times so one’s habits and automatic reactions may not take over.
People with higher IQ and brain power are generally better off from mental diseases. They are better able to cope from brain injuries and diseases such as head injuries, neurotoxins, psychosis, neurosis and dementia since they have higher cognitive reserve. Generally, higher IQ means better mental health.
It is true that one’s brain power will wane as you age. It is a natural part of being human. Our mental ability will peak at the age of 22, and start to dwindle by the age of 27, indicating the beginning of the natural aging process. Alertness, reasoning and puzzle solving abilities are among the first one to dwindle at age 27. Memory will start to decrease at the average age of 37. One’s accumulated knowledge (your vocabulary, general information and trivia) will remain intact until about the average age of 60. Knowing these figures, one should start mind development techniques at an earlier age, ideally right now to avoid decline.
Here are some integral mind development exercises to help fight off forgetfulness and mental decline.
1. Keep your brain mentally active! Challenge your brain by keeping yourself busy with hobbies and activities: read a book, do crossword puzzles, try blogging or maybe learn a new language. Do not keep your brain dormant, ever!
2. Get physical! Mind and body are one, so physical exercise is the most effective solution from prevention against physical and mental conditions. It keeps your body fit and able, too!
3. Maintain a healthy diet. Indulge in foods that help improve brain power such as wholegrain wheat, fish, blueberries and protein foods.
4. Get enough sleep! Get the average eight hours of sleep a day, as much as possible. Not getting enough sleep can result in premature aging and other serious consequences.
5. Don’t drink, nor smoke. These activities are not only harmful to your physical health but it can damage brain cells too.
6. Interact with your friends, family and peers. Social interaction is healthy for one’s own good, and is proven to fend off mental decline. Keep in touch with family, friends and loved ones, or adopt a pet!
7. Learn to manage stress. Stress is one of the mind’s worst enemy. Fight mental decline by learning great coping techniques to reduce stress and mental relaxation exercises. You can also listen to soothing music, get fresh air, do breathing exercises or take a vacation to fight of mental stress in order to encourage mind development.