Is your brain reaching its full potential? Neurological experts share that we humans typically only use a small percentage of our brain capacity. The good news is that you can take some steps to boost your brainpower. It’s easier than you think, yet can produce some outstanding results. Here are some of the best ones:

 

1. Ditch the GPS

Today GPS is used in all sorts of applications ranging from vehicular navigation systems to augmented reality (AR) games like “Pokemon Go.” There’s nothing wrong with such tech per se, and in fact, it’s much more convenient than old-school maps.

That said, studies show that map-reading can provide many mental benefits. That’s because it exercises the sector of the brain that’s needed for comprehending special relationships. The best time to consider using paper maps is when doing activities like hiking when unfolding huge maps won’t cause any safety hazards. You could also bring a GPS as a backup.

 

2. Toss the calculator

The human brain is one of the most amazing “calculators” in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t use it as much as we should, and even for basic calculations. There are times when devices such as calculators, smartphones, and software are needed and especially when doing complex calculations.

However, there are times when you don’t need (and shouldn’t use) a calculator. So instead of breaking out the calculator, give your brain a workout and get back to the times tables you learned in grade school.

 

3. Be curious/creative

These are types of thinking that can help to boost your brain power.

 

4. Read a book/e-book

Studies show that reading can provide many benefits. It can help to reduce stress and tension, which can kill brain cells. Not only that but it can also improve your imagination because it requires your mind to “picture” the words you’re reading.

It doesn’t matter whether you use an old-school book or e-book. What’s important is to spend every day doing some reading.

 

5. Get in a positive mindset

This is another important step to take if you want to boost your brain power. The reason is that stress/anxiety can kill brain neurons, and that’s a bad thing.

What should you do? Try to use positive thinking as much as possible. Try to replace all negative thoughts with positive ones. It’s advised in “The Power of Positive Thinking” to be optimistic all of your time. While that’s not really possible, it’s a good goal to have.

 

6. Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep provides many benefits for the brain, and especially the deep sleep of Stage 4. You might be surprised at how helpful getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night can be. During sleep your brain is as busy as a bee.

What does it do? There are various activities such as processing the day’s memories and removing toxins; Studies show that going to be between 9 p.m. and midnight are the most effective times.

Besides getting enough sleep, you should also make sure that you’re getting “quality” sleep. That involves deep and uninterrupted sleep. How do you know if you’ve gotten enough sleep? If you wake up without using an alarm clock or another device you’re on the right track.

7. Eat healthy foods

Diets can have a major effect on brain function. Studies show that brains eat up over one-fifth of all nutrients/oxygen that people consume.

What kinds of foods should you eat? There’s no single “superfood” that will turn you into a Mensa candidate. However, you should eat a variety of healthy foods including fresh fruits & veggies, whole grains, and animal/plant sources of protein.