Keeping your mind strong and sharp is important for career success. Whether you are new to the world of finance or a seasoned professional, the more you can do to keep your mind (and your body) healthy, the better position you will be in to perform at an optimal level.

Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. But if you never use your brain, or abuse it with harmful chemicals, your ability to think and learn will deteriorate.

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Simple Daily Habits

Sharp Your Intelligence

Ask The “Why” Questions

Asking questions has always played a role in leadership, but it’s more vital than ever in today’s fast-changing digital landscape. Only by asking the right questions can leaders achieve success.

Move Your Body

Exercise has been shown to help memory and thinking. Physical activity reduces inflammation and stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain that affect the growth of new blood vessels and the health of brain cells. Additionally, exercise lowers stress, boosts your mood and helps you sleep better.

Avoid sugar

While short-term increases in sugar can temporarily improve brain function, chronically elevated sugar levels will impede your memory. In one study, people had their sugar levels tested and were asked to memorize 15 words and then repeat them 30 minutes later. Those with higher blood sugar levels remembered, on average, two fewer words.

How can we keep our brains in top form?

Powerful activities you can do immediately

Stop multi-tasking

It’s actually impossible for your brain to fully multitask. If you do a number things at once, your brain will not keep them all fully in its attention. Multitasking will “fractionate” your concentration, deplete your neural resources, tire you out, and you probably won’t get any of those things done as well as if you just paid attention to them one at a time.

Start learning another language

Bilingual people have a specific “advantage” because they use less brain power to accomplish tasks, helping their brains age better. People who spoke two languages processed information more economically, using up less brain circuitry. Plus, being multilingual will likely make you more open to other cultures, making travel more fun.

Play chess

Studies show that chess players have improved pattern recognition, use both sides of the brain to make decisions and the brains of top players exhibit neural efficiency. Chess is also good for improving your memory skills as the game forces you to keep a lot of variables and possibilities in mind at all times.

Increasing mental acuity

Without serious efforts

Manage stress and present-mindedness

Chronic stress has structural and functional effects on the hippocampus – the sea-horse part of the brain vital for making memories. People who are relaxed and outgoing have a lower risk of developing dementia.

Stay socially engaged

Keeping socially active can play an important role in keeping your brain sharp, and people who are socially active are less likely to develop cognitive impairment. Just 10 minutes of social interaction can increase your brain performance.

Believe in yourself

Again, seems simple, right? It works. People who believe that they are not in control of their memory function — joking about “senior moments” too often, perhaps — are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience cognitive decline.

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David A. Harmon

David is a MD, PhD, the Director of the Sharper Mind Centre, a Professor of Neurology at Javantine Medical School. Dr. Harmon researches the physiology of higher cognitive functions. He obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the Faculty of Medicine of St. Benedict University in France, and trained at the National Institutes of Health.