Neurobics for an Active Brain
Ever had this feeling where you are stuck with some thought or point in your mind and find it difficult to shake it off? Or at times when you feel irritated and lethargic, and cannot understand why you find yourself in such a position in the first place? Fact is, your brain is not being able to catch up with what is expected of you, leaving you in a state of distress and anxiety.
As introduced by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin in their book Keep Your Brain Alive, Neurobics is a form of mental exercise aimed at stimulating the brain by introducing a series of moves that are the opposite of routine, in order to train your mind to be sharper and responsive. Neurobics has been found to counteract illnesses like Alzheimer’s or dementia by slowing down the process, allowing people more time to comprehend the situation they are in.
Mentally stimulating activities:
Ranging from crossword puzzles to an intense game of monopoly, keeping oneself occupied with mind stimulating games helps one increase their ability to respond and act in otherwise difficult situations. Recent studies have also revealed a trend where complex video games have enabled gamers to react to everyday situations better, with a sense of preparedness brought about by the need for real-time decisions which is a matter of life or death in a game.
Involving all your senses:
Neurobics requires people to experiment and explore themselves by introducing them to a variety of situations where the person’s reaction is no longer predictable. For example trying to brush your teeth with your left hand instead of the right as is common. Simple activities such as those, or trying to find your way about your own room blindfold has been found to heighten one’s sense of perception, involving all the senses to focus on the matter at hand without an invasion of distractive, scattering thoughts.
Breaking from the routine:
Primarily a form of exercise designed to keep your mind in shape, Neurobics involves breaking away from daily stuff to accommodate newer, more beneficial things in your mind. For the mind to stay active, one needs to stir things up there a bit, through ways that are far from your daily routine. Trying to find alternate solutions and accomplish tasks in newer, more novel ways through Neurobics helps one escape monotony.