The 19 Best Methods to Upgrade Your Cognitive Functioning

Cognitive Functioning

We all naturally have the desire to improve our lives and find ways to be better and be healthier than we already are. Whether its obesity that is the problem, or the need to upgrade brain functioning, there are some super simple ways to enhance your cognitive functioning and improve your skills.

  • Need to improve your concentration? Ohio State University found that citrus smells increase your ability to concentrate, so why not try out citrus candles or lemon oil before your next task.
  • If you’re suffering from a headache, then get stretching. Yoga has been shown to cut head pains by up to 70%.
  • Get some Zinc to upgrade your mind. Zinc has been shown to improve the speed of learning by regulating how neurons communicate with each other.
  • Get some colorful plates to eat less. Trick yourself to eat 200 calories less by using plates that contrast with the color of your food.
  • The simple act of looking at some fruit or veg in the morning can hack your brain into making better food decisions throughout the day. So, set a bowl of fruit in your kitchen, so it’s the first thing you see when you go downstairs.
  • When it comes to talking about food and your diet, don’t say, “I can’t eat X.” Instead, switch it up and say, “I don’t eat X,” this simple switch of words will make resisting bad foods up to 8x easier.
  • Block your feelings of fatigue by listening to jazz music, it has been found to interfere with the body-brain connection.
  • Get accountable with your partner to stick to your diet and fitness plans. If you train with your partner, then you’re over 30% more likely to stick with your goals.
  • The spices of life. Give your brain longer to process your stomachs satiety levels by eating spicy foods, it will slow down the speed at which you can eat.
  • Make looking on the positive side of things a habit, and you will live longer. By always finding the positive, or silver lining, in any situation and generally having a positive outlook in life reduces chances of suffering from an early death by over 50%.
  1. Strike a power pose for a quick boost to confidence, testosterone, and motivation. Stand like Superman for 2 minutes and feel like you are powerful and unstoppable.
  • Listen to classical music to improve your concentration and working, short-term, memory.
  • Boost your creativity by having two drinks. Try brainstorming or writing after two drinks, and you will find ideas flow much more fluently.
  • Use vanilla candles to help reduce your stress levels. If you don’t want to use a candle, try adding vanilla extract to your coffee or merely using a vanilla air freshener.
  • Go out for a walk if you’re feeling stressed. Ideally, walk around a park, or somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of life, you will significantly reduce your stress levels.
  • Smile, even if you don’t want to. Even a fake smile will boost your dopamine production and make you feel better. Next time you’re furious, try smiling, and you should feel your anger levels instantly dropping.
  • Stuck solving a problem at work? Try rephrasing the question out loud to yourself or your team. By changing how you word a problem or question, studies have shown that new solutions will be uncovered.
  • Boost your creativity by writing with a pen and paper instead of typing. Save the typing for finalizing thoughts or ideas but get brainstorming or problem solving with the good old fashion method, use a quill and parchment if you want to feel like Harry Potter.
  • Meditate for 10 minutes per day to reduce stress. If the concept of meditation sounds too tricky, just focus on sitting still without any distractions for 10 minutes, or download a guided meditation app for your phone.

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