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Intellectual Tuesdays

Training your Intellectual Capacity

Our gray matter ages, just like the rest of our body. Improving mental sharpness – as well as increasing our intellectual abilities – is one of the best aspects we can develop in life. Is not only important during our student or professional lives, but having good brain health impacts on our overall wellness and vitality.

There are many ways to exercise the brain, to take its full advantage and potential. As humans, we already possess the ability to change and adapt  – even when time passes by – and this ability is known as neuroplasticity. It’s the ability for our brain to reorganize itself, both physically and functionally, throughout life as our environments, behaviors, thinking, and emotions change.

Thanks to our brain’s neuroplasticity, it’s possible to augment our cognitive capacity, improve our learning ability, and even our memory. It has far-reaching implications and possibilities for almost every aspect of our life and culture, from education to medicine.

Neuroplasticity makes the brain extremely resilient and is the process by which all permanent learning takes place in it, such as playing a musical instrument or mastering a different language. Neuroplasticity also enables people to recover from a stroke, injury, and birth abnormalities, overcome autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits, pull out of depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive-compulsive patterns. It’s brilliant.

Achieving great intellectual capacities comes down to decision-making, and yet so few train their brain for this on a daily basis. Here are a few tips:

  • To become a standout success in your career and in life, the key is to invest in yourself. The deeper your investment, the more prepared you become for sustaining and improving your potential.
  • The more imaginative you allow yourself to be, the more open you are to creating innovative and effective problem-solving techniques, brainstorming skills and networking skills. Which are really useful in and out the operating room. But really, this would be helpful in our personal lives, too!
  • Creativity gives you a confidence that helps you greatly whether you are in your daily life or when this skill becomes useful in your job. People will know that you are the person to go to when new and inventive ideas are necessary to get things moving in a new and better direction. Creativity is the key trait you need to be an intelligent innovator.
  • There are several ways to keep your mind sharp: playing cards and board games, word puzzle apps and apps like “Luminosity” - that are absolutely free of charge and can provide you with problem-solving techniques - designed to increase the neuroplasticity of your brain. The more neuroplasticity your brain has, the faster it makes new connections and the quicker and more effectively you get to process information.

Once we have reached adulthood, our brain has already developed millions of neural pathways that make it easier for us to process information and help us solve our day-to-day problems, as to perform our usual routine tasks with minimal efforts. The best cerebral activities for mental exercise are those that make us break away from routines and challenge us to develop new brain paths.

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, and all kind of mindfulness practices, we can encourage neuroplasticity’s change plus overcome illnesses like depression and anxiety, and in general, boost and revamp our mental health and life.

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