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6 Micro Activities You Should Do for Your Brain Every Day

There’s so much we can do and so much we can stay away from. The following are just six micro suggestions to try each day to keep your brain functioning optimally.s


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Jordan Gross

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Short suggestions to enhance cognition.

Stephen King once said that, “The brain is a muscle that can move the world.” Neil deGrasse Tyson said that, “Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had is produced by the human brain.”

Michio Kaku astonishingly reveals that, “The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.”

Although much of the mystery of the brain is still unsolved, we know one thing for sure. It’s within our best interest as humans to actively support our brain by engaging in activities which promote brain health.

There’s so much we can do and so much we can stay away from. The following are just six micro suggestions to try each day to keep your brain functioning optimally.

What’s a Micro Activity?

I consider this question about the word “micro” whenever it appears in a piece. Is it a great word? Yes. Is it a personal development buzzword like “atomic” or “mini” or “transform?” Absolutely. But what does it really mean?

Quite literally, it means “extremely small.” But for the purpose of this article, a micro activity will refer to something which takes up no more than 5 minutes of your time.

These short and sweet, “extremely small” activities will behoove your brain, and are sure to have positive effects in the long run.

1. Consider an alternative point of view

Viewing things from an alternative perspective benefits the way we think. It pushes us to consider how other people see the world. It forces us to attempt to understand the billions of experiences and perceptions people have about what’s going on around the globe.

This expansion of thinking is so crucial for your brain.

Consider playing devil’s advocate with your opinions. If you think one thing, think deeply about all the reasons why you should disagree with that original thought.

Try to do this daily. Challenging your thinking keeps you from being stagnant. It keeps you from being ignorant. It opens your brain up to the plethora of views there are about this wonderful world.

2. Engage all five senses

Your brain is responsible for your five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. To fully engage your brain, you should aim to consciously trigger these senses every day.

There’s a brilliant mindfulness meditation which can help with this. First, notice five things you can see around you.

Then, touch four things around you. After, listen to three things around you. Next, identify two smells. Finally, notice one thing you can taste. This “five senses” mindfulness meditation is both grounding and essential for a healthy brain.

3. Answer a question of the day

This helps you stay sharp. Whether it’s a random trivia question, or a question related to an exam you’re studying for, just because we stop taking tests when school is over, does not mean we should ever stop answering questions.

Watch Jeopardy, sign up for the SAT question of the day, find a way to formally answer a question daily.

4. Craft a story in your mind

About two years ago, I met a monk who hated meditating. But he found a form of meditation which helped his brain more than he ever could have imagined.

He expressed to me a storytelling exercise rooted in using what you can hear to create a story. First, you sit still and listen to sounds. You then try to identify the sound furthest away from you at that current moment.

Once you’ve identified that sound, you create a story about it. Where is that sound coming from? Why is that sound happening? When did it start? When will it end? This activity sparks our imagination and enhances the creative aspects of our brains.

5. Participate in problem-solving activities

This gives your brain the opportunity to think critically. This is when you practice your crossword puzzles, or you break out the sudoku.

Problem solving helps minimize complex problems. This supports cognitive function and improves memory capabilities.

6. Socialize

It’s essential to dedicate time to socializing each day. Have a conversation with a stranger. Call your friend. Intentionally practice your social skills, because we are social creatures.

2019 study found that people with more frequent social connection were less likely to experience cognitive decline. Just by having conversations or playing sports, your brain is able to create new connections and remain healthy. Isolation does the opposite.

Extremely Small Activities with Extremely Large Benefits

These activities should become rituals you practice each and every day. Your brain will thank you for the creativity, cognition, and peace you are providing it. Remember to:

Socialize;
Problem-solve;
Craft stories;
Answer questions;
Engage all five sense;
Consider alternative points of view.

The brain, the body, and the soul are all inter-connected. If you’d like some more micro activities for the body or the soul, visit here or here.

For more mental health and storytelling, download my free ebook.

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