Misplacing your keys… finding yourself in a room with no clue why you’re there… confusion regarding time, events or places – do these sound familiar?
What if I told you that people suffering from countless diseases can kick away any brain conditions to the curb and tremendously enhance their mental health by doing just one thing?
I’m talking about challenging your mind.
You may think that I’ve lost my mind. But once I tell you all the major benefits of challenging your brain… then you’re going to be stunned.
You see, the series of fixed routines that our lives revolve around limit our decision-making process by far… especially when you:
- follow the same route to work/school
- eat the same things each day
- watch the same TV shows
- or do the same activities each day
The trouble is that routines require very little mental energy and effort. And as a consequence, our brains get little stimulation.
But just as your body becomes soft due to the lack of physical exercise, your brain gets sluggish from too much routine.
However, shaking up your daily habits is the key to a sharper mind and to a sharper body [I’ll tell you more about that in a few moments].
So what can you do to further stimulate your brain?
Well, for an activity to be stimulating enough for your brain it needs to be both novel and complex.
So the best way you can challenge your brain is through brain games, which meet certain criteria.
In fact, did you know that brain games have the potential to give you a great mental “workout” and maintain your mental acuity even during your golden years?
There are dozens of games you can do each day to ensure your mental alertness.
So this is my WOW protocol for a sharper mind:
- Take a different route to work.
- Eat with chopsticks.
- Switch hands: if you are a righty, try using your left hand to do simple things, like brushing your hair or your teeth, eating, etc.
- Place your watch (or wall calendar) upside down.
- Try to write backwards.
- Try new things: eat new foods, travel, do sports and activities you’ve never done before.
- Memorize your friend’s phone numbers.
- Connect with new people and try to embrace new ideas.
Countless studies revealed that performing all these “games” can result in increased brain activity.
But do you know what is, quite possibly, the most challenging and therefore the best form of brain game?
You’ll be able to reclaim control over your entire body if you meditate.
Major health organizations (like Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and the National Institutes of Health) and multibillion-dollar conglomerates (like Google, General Mills, Target, Apple, Nike, Procter & Gamble and AOL) are actually well aware of the meditation benefits.
Even the US military declared that meditation is extremely important for soldiers to improve their cognitive resilience and their ability to focus in raging battle.1
So why is meditation so important to YOU? And why should you learn to control your brain?
Not sure if you’ve heard about this before but our brains can process over 70,000 thoughts each day. That’s way too many thoughts for even 10 people. So sometimes you need to flush away all that clutter.
Especially when considering that your negative thoughts or expectations can do for your health what spinach does for Popeye. They are a booster of bad health.
You need to keep in mind that your brain is an extremely powerful tool that can make or break your overall health.
And meditating is the first step that you need to take in order to control your thoughts, your brain, and your overall health.
You see, your body is strong enough to actually deteriorate and hurt itself through the power of suggestion, especially during stressful times.
Have you noticed how people who are told that they have cancer or any other serious condition die within the timeframe of just a few months upon receiving the news?
They may be given more than just a few months to live, yet when they discover the truth, their mind – which is their greatest ally against these awful diseases – turns into their greatest enemy.
Their negative thoughts overbear them. That’s actually called the “nocebo effect”, and it’s the opposite of “placebo”.
A nocebo effect occurs when negative expectations of the patient regarding a treatment cause the treatment to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would have.
But the same is also possible. You can get better and accelerate your recovery if you know how to control your brain and meditate.
So Dr., how can I meditate?
To fully benefit from the meditation’s broad range of healing properties, and enhance both your physical health and mental health, try the following easy techniques:
1. Watch the waves on a beach.
I’ve seen many of my patients get rid of PTSD using this technique.
When a wave comes in, imagine it bathing and healing any wounds and washing away any damaging emotions.
Then, imagine that each receding wave that goes back into the sea takes away with it all your negative thoughts, pain and suffering.
Try doing this for at least 10 minutes every day.
It doesn’t even matter if it’s winter.
In fact, you don’t even have to be close to a beach.
All you need to do is just find yourself a nice sunlit spot in your home and bask in it.
Apart from being warming, sunrays are also deeply calming.
Try to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying this profoundly soothing state of mind.
According to William Anthony, one of the best healers in the world, this has some of the best healing effects you can hope for.
In fact, listening to birdsongs is truly amazing, because the frequency of their chirp resonates deep within our DNA and allows our body to heal on a cellular level.
Plus, every time you see birds flying away, imagine that you’re also leaving behind all your worries and breaking the cage of negative thoughts.
You see, these exercises are extremely powerful due to the rejuvenating effect they have on your brain.
Take exercising, for instance: as long as you work out, you’re able to shape your beautiful figure the way you want to, right?
Well, the same goes for your brain. As long as you put your brain muscle to work, then you will stay sharp and have the mentally sharpness of a 30 year-old… even if you’re well into your 60s or 70s.
To see these remarkable results, you have to do these exercises for a few months.
But there’s a way you could:
- accelerate your mental progress
- reduce mental stress and depression
- lift brain fog
- and ignite your mind’s full potential
- beat age-related memory problems, and memory lapses
With a way easier approach than the one presented before.
If you want to check it out, click here to see how my patients managed to improve their brain health.
Those who followed through the complete brain protocol reported remarkable results.
Do you wish to be one of them?
Also, are you willing to apply these brain games in your daily schedule and enjoy their benefits?
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To your health!
- Melissa Myers. Improving Military Resilience through Mindfulness Training.
- Hauser W, Hansen E, Enck P (2012). “Nocebo phenomena in medicine: their relevance in everyday clinical practice”. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 8 (8): 459–65. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2012.0459.
- Enck, Paul (12 August 2012). “Beware the Nocebo Effect”. The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March2014.