This a chapter of an eBook I wrote called – “How to boost your brain energy, sharpness and focus”. I have no rights to this book because it was a ghostwriter work, therefore I am only posting a chapter of it which I find really interesting for anyone to view for free. 🙂
We were all born to learn. To teach not only our body to be in-sync with us, but also our brain. Teach your brain how to work for you, and sit down and watch the amazing results you will get from it.
Since the day we were born, we start struggling with ourselves. We learn to walk, to talk, to see the world differently. We can be focused even as kids. Little by little our brains evolve and our thinking and perspective changes. Just like adults do with their tasks, a child who it’s given a puzzle, will sit down and focus all of its attention on that task or puzzle is solved. Piece by piece, we teach our brains to learn more and more from a very young age.
Even though we do so well in learning at a young age, sometimes we find it difficult when we are older for some reasons. Think about your brain activity – are you exercising it enough? Are you procrastinating or you focus on your goals and move forward not backward? Try some simple tips to find yourself as an individual and learn how to use the knowledge you get to become a better version of yourself – a better learner.
The main and basic thing you should know is how your brain works. Our brains have three different and important parts that you need to learn about. Oxygen is very important because the brain takes 20% from it to function. As we said before, our body and brain are connected, this is why the heart should pump enough blood to the brain, in order for the brain system to work, focus and concentrate when it has to.
A person always remembers the things he likes and hates. If you let your mistakes get to you it can lead you to anxiety, which will directly lead to a mental block. Our emotions are also linked with our memory. Our emotional brain can stand in the way of us remembering or learning something. With the help of the thinking brain – the neocortex, we are able to deal with our daily activities and relationships. That part of the brain likes to be social and involved in any sort of communication.
Right and left side
If you want to look closely at your thinking brain, split it into two sides – hemispheres. The right part is based on intuition. It can be stimulated by color, music, and it is able to see what is exactly right, but doesn’t pay much attention to the details. The right hemisphere likes to be creative. To learn new languages, to view or take pictures, to learn and enjoy music.
The left side is based on logic. That hemisphere focuses on building up the learning structure. A game of chess, Sudoku, or riddles is not just entertaining, but it helps that side of the brain to learn and evolve. When you are focused and concentrated on solving a problem, you will lean on your left hemisphere.
The two hemispheres are linked and work together of course. Support each area, expand your brain activity and help both sides support one another. The more they are in sync, the better and stronger your memory will be.
Every single one of us has a basic brain structure, but the way we learn things is different. If you are studying or working on something that you find difficult or boring, you will be frustrated and less interested in completing what you started. You will simply not understand and proceed the information that you are trying to learn. Before trying to understand something, look at it from all angles. Picture the best view for you and start from there. All of us have visual learning styles, but not all of us use it or unlock it. Some of us prefer to learn things in crowded places, others prefer peace and quiet environment.
If music is the key to your concentration, then put your headphones on, and turn on some classical or concentration music, which will stimulate your brain to stay sharp and on point. If quiet is the key to your concentration, find yourself a place where you can be alone, close your eyes for a few seconds and breathe in and out, leave any distractions aside and start your task in peace.
Whatever the place you are learning into, concentrate and figure out the best ways for yourself that can help you pay attention and stay focused on your task. Give yourself the needed time to proceed the information, and don’t stress out if it takes longer. Let your mind guide you, and learn things in the process. We all have mixed learning styles, but the important thing is to use them to our advantage.
Levels of energy
Learning about your brain is one thing, but turning your memory into a user-friendly and complete mental state is also important. This procedure can be achieved by your energy levels. The system of the brain is happy when it is satisfied. Whether if you are feeling hot or cold, if you are hungry or starving, if you are tired of thirsty. Find the best condition for yourself, in which you are able to focus and concentrate on your work and daily activities. Channel your energy to keep yourself satisfied and motivated. Try few simple steps to improve and retain what you have learned:
Eat and drink enough, to keep your body in a good condition
Take breaks from time to time, to let your brain and body relax
Try focusing on your current task and your current task only
Remain calm and don’t stress out
Be positive and productive
Failing or not, you learn, either way, so turn your disadvantage into a winning goal