Day 1: Retrain Your Brain

A brain is like a muscle, a serial connection that you should train everyday; if you don’t use it, you lose it. 
-Ana Claudia Antunes

Consistency with any of these brain builders can result in positive benefits for our life. These activities can help us self-reflect, discover new things in the world around us, and assist with connecting with a whole new side.

So, exercise your brain! Try doing these activities and see what effects they have on your life for the long haul.

  • Read for 60 minutes (whether a physical book or an audio book)
  • Journal for 5 - 10 minutes
  • Meditate for 5 -10 minutes
  • Learn to play a musical instrument

Want to know the effects certain brain-building activities will have on you for the long haul?

Building consistent habits is a must if you want to improve the quality of your life. To do so, you must listen to your intuition and learn the art of mastering discipline. Luckily, each day gives us a new leaf in life; this new leaf grants us the chance to learn from our mistakes, push us to try harder, and this intern helps retrain our brains.

Here is a suggestion; exercise your brain daily, test your capabilities, and widen your horizons! Try incorporating these four brain-building activities in your regimen and get ready to count all the benefits they add to your life;)

1. Reading for 60 minutes a day (whether physically or through an audio program)

You’ve heard the expression an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, reading a book for 6o minutes a day can increase brain power, build your vocabulary, and give you that priceless power; knowledge just for starters. So let me break it down for you…

Increased brainpower is precisely just that. Having a great foundation, in the beginning, is always the best route to take, but not always ideal. We all start our journey from different walks of life. At some point along the way, there comes a fork in the road; providing an opportunity to choose. The choice to stay the same or grow. One way to do so is to expand your knowledge by reading daily for sixty minutes. Reading stimulates and strengthens vocabulary development. This is a building block in which can gift you great health benefits down the road. Just think: the part of the brain used for awareness and mobility can imagine doing activities such as running or playing sports and it feeling real. This would be very beneficial for rehearsing for an upcoming event. Reading is a form of exercise, and by keeping an active brain, you are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Reading promotes good mental health!

 Another advantage of reading is: building your vocabulary. Having an array of new words will come in handy. You'll be able to utilize your new language in conversations in day-to-day life, your profession, conversing with colleagues, or helping you land a promotion because you are so well versed! It's never too early nor too late to begin; however, starting at a young age will help establish a large vocabulary early. My testimony to this:

I introduced reading to my daughter as an infant and am astounded by the results. I started this process at the tender age of only three months. We would watch/listen (daily) together. This was done consistently. Though she was too young at first to notice any proof that our daily reading sessions were beneficial, I was optimistic. Time passed and then notice my lovey daughter would read word random from a sign, in a book, commercials; you name it. At first, thought it was a fluke, because what two year old would be reading so well and fluently, right? I thought I was hearing things or even imaging it. Then, one day I stopped-, really listened and jumped for joy, "my baby can read!" Now, several years down the line, she still enjoys reading. She reads during every meal, even in between. The love my lovely daughter has for reading will follow her to adulthood. So if you decide to start on the path as an adult, it will add to your word bank, ease stress, help with getting a good night's rest, and more!

Now, if you've heard the saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you must be familiar with: knowledge is power! You gain new forms of knowledge when you read, no matter how small the information, the information attained is something you were unaware of before and might be useful somewhere down the line.

So why are you waiting? Start your journey in the book of your choosing, spark that imagination. Become absorbed in a story: it has been known to enhance fusion in the brain, which boosts brain function, reduces stress, promotes good mental health, assists with falling asleep, and increases knowledge.

2.  Journaling for five to ten minutes a day

Looking for a way to keep organized, accomplish goals, or even improve your writing skills? Then journaling is a way to achieve all of this. Having a diary or writing in a journal aids us to organize what is going on inside our many emotions and helps  with clarity. It's a great tool to have to look back on to chart our progress in life. Start a journal to store all your goals! This way, you're even more motivated than ever to keep moving forward, one milestone after another.

Ever had a great idea for something, but the day/time got away from you and never got around to seeing it through? Well, if you'd written that thought down in your journal, you would be able to remember the specifics at a later date, even keep yourself accountable. Next time, record your thoughts as soon as possible in your journal. Writing is a spectacular way to release stress and self-reflect.

Want a memory boost? Well, that beautiful brain of yours can make a much stronger connection to things written down in a diary. It can store information, so it is easier to recall further down the line than just saying it out loud and hoping to remember every detail. Set free your inner creativity and let your imagination get the best of you. Everyone has it in them to be inspired, and journaling is the best way to get started.


3. Meditate for five to ten minutes a day

Ever feel the need to level up your feeling of well-being, increase your sense of empathy, even fortify your ability to focus? If so, Meditating for as little as five to ten minutes a day can aid you with your needs. When done regularly, Meditation is known to have powerful remedial outcomes such as expanding your psychological performance.

If you feel disconnected from the world around you, a "Metta" meditation, which focuses on compassion, can help you. This form of Meditation strengthens the brain's area linked to empathy, so you feel more connected and better able to relate to others around you. Want to learn more? Here is a guided Metta Meditation video for you below. 

Now, let's discuss the ability to focus when adding Meditation to the mix. Meditation has been shown to dramatically improve awareness and boost the ability to execute significantly tasks requiring focus. Just think, if meditating is added to your daily regime, you'll no longer need the plethora of caffeine it might typically take to sustain throughout the day.  

So we've covered increased well-being, empathy, and focus when Meditation is practiced regularly. Let's widen the scope a bit further; I'd like to take the time to shine the light on a few more before moving on. So, how about Meditation improves decision making, can overcome addictions, and improves cardiovascular health. "Studies have found that both mindfulness meditation and Transcendental Meditation help you make better decisions by improving the functioning of your brain's decision-making centers."

Meditation has endless benefits, so what are you waiting on? Get your Meditation on;))

4. Learn to play a musical instrument

Ever wonder what benefits playing a musical instrument might have on your brain? Well, 

You've come to the right place. Though learning to play an instrument can be quite tedious, it has its rewards depending on your instrument of choice. It fertilizes your creativity, enhances your immune system, builds up memory capacity, and cultivates discipline development.

Learning to play an instrument takes time and dedication. That's easier said than done, especially in the times you'd much rather be doing something else. In the end, all the hours invested will surely pay off. Consistency and effort have now molded you into a disciplined being. So, the discipline acquired through learning to play a musical instrument has no choice but to seep into other areas of your life, thus, raise the quality of life you now live.

Well, you've now attained great discipline, learning to play an instrument; guess what? Your brain has now enlarged. Now you have the power to process information much more efficiently. 

Did you know people who play a musical instrument have a better memory than others that do not? Maybe it has to do with the consistency, and practice time put into learning how to play. Would you like to know how it feels to use every part of your brain? Then, start practicing!