First of all, can you re-train your brain?
Think you’re stuck with your frame of mind because you’re past 25 years old (the age when brain maturity ends)?
Then, you should reconsider.
Yes — you can re-train your brain to adopt a new mindset.
Here, let’s discuss realistic ways you can re-train your mind for the better. Before we get to it, though, we’ll first explore brain plasticity and talk about real-life cases.
The term for it is brain plasticity
Brain plasticity (or neural plasticity or neural plasticity) is the ability of the brain and nervous system to relearn how it reacts or responds to external factors.
Facts about how brain plasticity works:
- The idea is to reorganize everything the brain knows — its structure, connections, and functions
- A core function of neurons is their ability to control the way they communicate with our body
- To make plasticity work in our favor, we should expose ourselves to a variety of activity-dependent mechanisms — a process called synaptic plasticity
Brain training techniques
1. Learn a new language
Use online language apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, get a language tutor, or buy a how-to-speak-[language] book. It’s up to you.
Also, up to you is the new language you want to learn. French, Italian, Russian, or what have you. It doesn’t matter what new language you learn — as long as you learn something new.
According to Knowable Magazine, a mission-oriented non-profit that aims to share scientific discoveries, learning a new language as an adult can boost and strengthen the production of gray matter in the brain. And gray matter is essential to brain regions responsible for memory, emotion, attention, and more.
Benefits of learning a new language:
- Improved vocabulary
- Stronger creative thinking skills
- Better problem-solving skills
- Greater reading comprehension
2. Make art
Draw, paint, and engage in every thinkable artistic pursuit. It helps you look at matters from unique and new angles. It can also help you appreciate your life better.
To top it all off, it helps create new pathways. As a result, you can experience better cognitive function.
Benefits of making art:
- Improves creativity
- Helps you create something to be proud of
- Helps you find new solutions to problems
- Interrupts unwanted habits
3. Make music
It’s no secret that listening to music has a plethora of benefits. It improves your cognition, stabilizes your mood, helps you concentrate, and boosts your memory retention skills.
But did you know that making music can help you take those benefits to another level?
Some people call it music therapy — you may want to, too. It helps slow cognitive decline. And when combined with dancing, it promotes better plasticity.
Benefits of making music:
- Better motor skills
- Enhanced coordination skills
- Better audio and visual perception
- Sharper memory
- Improved focus and attention
4. Play video games
Every time you play video games, you teach yourself new skills. On the surface, those skills improve your gameplay. What you don’t know, you can use these skills to help you upgrade your life.
For example, you lost a game.
If you accept the loss, though, and instill in your head that you need to recover from that loss, you’re actually training your brain to be resilient.
Here are the other benefits of playing video games:
- Visual recognition
- Spatial navigation
- Motor skill
- Reaction time
Exercise’s link to brain plasticity may seem apparent. But, because of that very reason — its obvious connection to the brain, it’s often set aside.
Regular exercise, though, can trigger next-level brain improvement. More importantly, it can help you significantly as you achieve these things:
- More energy
- Better alertness
- Enhanced focus
- Stronger muscles
- Improved fitness and health
- Better sleep
Find your mindset problematic? Then, change it.
After all, living life with the same mindset you have from the day you came into this world can be exhausting.