5 science-backed ways to rewire your brain
If you’re wondering what we mean by “Rewire Your Brain” go ahead and read this first!
1.Play Video Games
You read that right!
We know that gaming can improve the parts of the brain responsible for visuospatial skills — improving a person’s ability to identify visual and spatial relationships among objects.
Furthermore, studies show that gaming contributes to improvements in memory, problem-solving, attention, and overall brain connectivity.
In fact, the FDA recently approved the first-ever prescription video game that is designed to help children suffering from ADHD.
2. Learn a Language
If you’ve been thinking about taking up a 2nd language, maybe this will convince you.
Part of our brain is known as grey matter: this area is responsible for attention, memory, emotions, motor skills, and language.
This study shows that after 5 months of learning a language, the grey matter becomes significantly denser.
Increased gray matter density improves your function in these areas, especially as you age.
But that’s not all.
A 2017 study found that learning a new language as an adult also strengthens white matter, which helps facilitate brain connectivity and communication between different brain regions.
This can lead to improvements such as stronger problem-solving, improved creative thinking skills, a larger vocabulary, and greater reading comprehension.
Some of the best ways to learn a new language are online programs and apps like Rosetta Stone, Babbel, and Duolingo.
3. Make Some Music
We’ve known for some time now that listening to music has a positive effect on our mood.
Making music has also been proven to improve memory.
According to a 2015 review, musical training also has benefits as a neuroplasticity exercise.
Musicians often have better audio and visual perception, greater focus and attention, and better motor skills.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of making music, you’re going to want to read this.
Obviously, exercising has a whole list of physical benefits.
And we know that adding some movement into your day can seriously boost your creativity.
Now, new research shows that exercise also helps improve fine motor coordination and brain connectivity, and can protect against cognitive decline and disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Exercise also helps promote increased blood flow and cell growth in the brain.
If you need some creative ways to add some movement into your day, we’ve got you covered.
5. Make Art
Creating art has a ton of benefits for our minds.
Research from 2015 shows that art forms like drawing and painting directly benefit your brain by enhancing creativity and improving cognitive abilities.
Artistic pursuits can also help create new pathways and strengthen existing connections in your brain, leading to better cognitive function overall.