5 Neuropsychology-Based Ways to Clear Your Mind for Your Brain Health

 Steven M. Mehler
  Jan 25, 2017

clear your mind for brain health

The power of your mind is tremendous. It can influence you in ways that you never even imagined. For example, in a study in Japan people blindfolded participants and told them they were rubbing poison ivy on their arms. The arm dutifully reacted as it should. Of course, the plant wasn’t poison ivy at all. It was just some harmless plant.

Then, on the other side, they told the participants they were rubbing a harmless plant. Here nothing happened. The clincher? This time it really was poison ivy. Even more astounding, the participants were normally highly allergic to this plant!

For that reason, you want to make sure your mind is in the best shape and place it can be. Fortunately, neuropsychology can teach us a great deal about that as well.

1. Distraction

You probably have been doing something like this already without knowing the science behind it. You’ll be happy to know you’ve not being doing so in vain. You see, the conscious mind can only really focus on one thing at a time. For that reason, if you’ve got something that you don’t want to think about, instead of telling yourself not to think about it (which doesn’t really work) you should think about something else.

Something you find both enjoyable and relaxing. This can be anything from computer games to beautiful music. It’s up to you, really. Just make sure you can let yourself get fully absorbed into the activity and you’ll reap the most benefit.

2. Mindfulness

Opening yourself up to the moment as best you can is a hugely effective way to improve brain health. There are many ways to so. Most of them consist of trying to dwell in the moment as much as possible.

Here are some techniques to try.

  • Meditation: This one you’ve probably heard about. Meditation has been shown to be very beneficial indeed. It’s easier to meditate than you might imagine. Just try to not focus on anything and breathe deeply. When you do find yourself focused on something, don’t get angry, just let it go again. Keep it up for five minutes. Repeat every day for two weeks.
  • Focus on an experience: Try, as often as you can, to truly focus on an experience. Instead of just eating that apple and reading the newspaper, put away the newspaper and focus on the apple solely. The more you can do this, the more mindful you’ll become.
  • Try to expand your senses: If you can take in more of your surroundings that too will boost your mindfulness. That means trying to pick up on things that you otherwise might miss – such as smells, the sensations of your clothes on your body and other things in your environment you wouldn’t normally pay attention to.

Only practicing one of these things will already boost your mindfulness. Practicing all of them will really help as they will exercise the brain and as you probably know, exercise is important for the brain.

3. Substitution

If the problem is that you’re experiencing something that you’re not enjoying at all, try imagining yourself being somewhere else. You are probably familiar with the basic idea, where you imagine yourself on a beach before a presentation to help destress, or where you imagine that the audience isn’t wearing any clothes.

These are examples of substitution. They can be used in many situations. On a long bus ride and getting cramped? Then simply work very hard at imagining yourself in bed. Running a marathon and really struggling to summon the willpower to keep going? Imagine yourself floating in a pool instead.

This, in much the same was as distraction, will lessen the effects of the negative experience and make it easier to keep going.

4. Focus

Another strategy is to simply focus on something in your environment that is enjoyable. For example, you are writing a dissertation or a book, then you understand that you are stuck and start getting nervous. Don’t worry, just talk to your family or watch a movie. There is always going to be something that is more interesting than the other things around you, so spend some time exploring that visual, audio or tactile sensation.

Really go for it. Really allow yourself to see every aspect and every facet of this object of sensation and you should find that other sensations that you might be experiencing will be significantly reduced.

This is once again because we only have so much attention span and when we’re focused on one thing, then there is less bandwidth remaining for us to spend on the other things in our environment. And that will make it far easier to have a clear and healthy mind.

5. Exercise

And then there’s exercise. There is absolutely no doubt left that exercise is incredibly healthy for the brain. The question is no longer ‘is it good for you’ but ‘what kind of exercise is the best for your brain?’

There are a number of different forms of exercise that will do you good, though both running and yoga seem to do particularly well. So if brain growth is what you’re after, you should try for either of those.

But the absolute best type of exercise is one that you can commit yourself to doing regularly. So don’t worry if you don’t find the energy to run or do you yoga. It’s a much better idea if you find something that will be able to keep up.

Last words

Having a healthy mind will allow you to excel at so many things in life. Almost every job, even the most physical ones, will benefit from you being able to concentrate for longer and stay focused while you need to be.

And the great news is there are many ways for you to improve the health of your mind. All you really need to do is take the time to participate in these activities regularly and you’ll reap the benefits that are right there for the taking. You don’t even have to choose one. Do a bit of one here, a bit of another there and the benefits will be even greater.

Just remember, it will only work if you can keep it up. Otherwise, the benefits will quickly dissipate.

5 Neuropsychology-Based Ways to Clear Your Mind for Your Brain Health

Steven M. Mehler

Steven Mehler is an experienced writer, blogger, SEO specialist and social psychologist that works as an editor at a local newspaper and a freelance writer. Steven also runs his own content agency and is writing a book. He has a long-term experience in writing articles based on blogging, marketing, SEO and social psychology.

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