3 easy ways to have a brainwave

Published on August 19th, 2012
3 easy ways to have a brainwave

Need to come up with a really awesome idea? Use these simple techniques to get your grey matter in gear…

1. Take notes
Good ideas don’t keep office hours – in fact, they usually come to you at the strangest of moments, thanks to the fact that your subconscious mind is processing information when you aren’t even aware of it. That’s why it’s a good idea to start carrying a notebook around with you. Whenever an idea pops into your head (even if it’s a little crazy or half-developed), jot it down in your notebook so you don’t forget it.

And we’re not just talking about your waking day… a famous Irish writer named James Joyce used to keep a notebook near his bed so that he could write down his thoughts the moment he woke up. Believe it or not, your brain is most creative between sleep and consciousness, so keep that notebook next to your bed and make a point of writing down creative thoughts as soon as you wake up.

2. Get healthy
Exercise isn’t just good for your body – it’s scientifically proven to be good for your mind, so take a jog or do some stretches next time you need a little inspiration.

And you don’t have to break a serious sweat to get your mind whirring double-time. Even walking has been shown improve a person’s ability to remember new information, so strap on some takkies and get some fresh air! You’ll thank us when you write your next exam…

And of course, being healthy isn’t just about exercise – it’s also about the stuff you eat. So, if you want to make sure your brain is functioning properly, stock up on oily fish like mackerel and salmon, as well as pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables and walnuts. Why? Because they’re packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to boost a person’s brain cells.

3. Chew gum
We’re not kidding… According to several different scientific studies, chewing gum can improve a person’s memory, help them focus and even improve their Maths results!

In a study by Dr Craig Johnston, an instructor of pediatric nutrition at the Baylor College of Medicine, 108 learners were split into two groups. One group was asked to chew (sugar-free) gum during school, as well as while doing their homework and taking a Maths test. The second group was told not to chew gum.

After 14 weeks of gum-guzzling (or not, in the case of Group 2), the chewers in Group 1 showed improved test results, when compared to the non-chewing kids in Group 2. Granted, the improvement was only 3%, but that’s still a proven result that could make all the difference in a final exam…

Just remember to chew with your mouth closed and not to blow bubbles or make squelching sounds. ’Cause let’s face it: there’s nothing smart about that…

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