The brain is an amazing organ. Not only is it used for perceiving outward stimuli, but also indicates how mentally sound one is. The brain like any other muscle in the body needs to be exercised. Brain exercises improve the cognitive skills it possesses. The brain is made up of two hemispheres: the right and the left hemisphere. These two parts have different functions and abilities in different people. To be able to continuously improve the state of the brain, one needs to engage in specific mental exercises. Like the muscles, lack of exercise for the brain will cause it to degrade. Factors like memory loss will then begin to set in. To avoid this, the brain needs to be continuously engaged in challenging activities that will keep it on its toes of mental ability.

One way to exercise the brain is by daily taking a mental picture of a unique object one encounters. This can be in form a man or anything in nature. Draw the figure using the mental picture taken. This improves short-term memory. Do this for seven days. Afterwards, try redrawing all the images taken at the end of the week. This will improve the long-term memory. You can also choose to study a photograph and draw its mental picture. The accuracy with which you replicate the image will continuously improve your short-term memory.

Another way to exercise the brain and improve its cognitive skills is by learning a new skill. You may choose to learn a musical instrument like a guitar or a piano. The coordination of the fingers and the mind challenges the brain and this improves its mental ability. The frequencies generated by the sounds are a great way for the brain to relax. Learning a new language is another way to improve the brain’s cognitive skills. The challenge involved in it improves the brain’s memory and capability thus propelling it to a greater functioning level.

Another way to build the cognitive skills of the brain is thorough memorization. Whichever thing you choose to memorize, be it a poem or a formula, it will improve the brain capacity to a great extent. When memorization is done on a daily basis, it tremendously improves the mental skills and ability to learn new things.

Playing brain exercise games is another way to improve one’s mental capacity. Scrabble for example will not only improve your language skills, but your memory too. There are also many other games that are specifically designed to exercise the brain. By indulging in them, you open up your mental ability for improvement.

The brain has the ability to remember things by the odor attached to it. You can improve your brain capacity to remember using the sense of smell by trying to identify particular odors. Food for example can be recalled by the odor emanating from it. Certain places and people can be identified by their smell. These exercises are great for improving the brain’s cognitive skills and memory in general.

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