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Brain exercises to improve creativity and problem solving

By | December 19, 2013
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Exercising the Brain Improves PerformanceIf you thought that the brain doesn’t need a work out to improve its performance than you are mistaken because just like the body needs exercise to function efficiently so also your brain requires a workout to function at an optimum level. If one wishes to enhance their creatively and problem solving skills than exercising the brain is a must.

Scientists have found that the human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change well into old age as well. This ability is known as “neuroplasticity”. With the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, adapt and react in ever-changing ways (helpguide). No wonder, they say that humans use only a couple of thousands of neurons within their brain in their entire lifetime. Therefore, exercising the brain helps people to make use of up to billions or even trillions of such neurons. And this is exactly why exercising the brain is so important.

Exercising the Brain Improves PerformanceDepending upon the type of activities that you engage in, your creativity and problem solving skills improve. New neural pathways need to develop especially when one needs to enhance their creativity and problem solving skills. Creativity is something that one possess and can be improved given the right stimulus. Similarly, problem solving skills require creativity to come up with newer alternatives to resolve a problem that arises. Therefore creativity and problem solving skills can be termed as two sides of the same coin. When you do a routine task in a different manner, you will find it difficult to adjust to it simply because the brain is creating new neural pathways as it is attempting to adapt to the new way of doing a task. You will be able to understand this better if you try a few games that are mentioned below. Here are some brain exercising games:

  • If you write with your right hand then you should try writing with your left hand
  • If you have a watch on your left hand shift it to the right hand
  • Exercising the Brain Improves PerformanceTry brushing your mouth using your other hand
  • If you usually stay at home, try camping out for the weekend and enjoy the different stimuli that surrounds you
  • Next time you’re sitting on a train or in a cafe try to listen and follow 2 different conversations at the same time
  • If you are travelling a long distance try to count the number of signals you pass right from the time you leave up to the time you reach
  • Similarly you can try remembering the number of turns you take on your way to college for instance. For some challenge try to remember the exact amount of right and left turns you take.

Well give these a try, you will be surprised as to how much time your brain takes to perform these tasks at first and how fast it adapts. Go on and give it a try. I assure you that you will love it.Exercising the Brain Improves Performance

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13 thoughts on “Brain exercises to improve creativity and problem solving

  1. Prasanna Pawar

    Can you tell me how are these exercises going to help?

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Prasanna,
      I’m glad you asked, because depending on the type of tasks you do certain areas of the brain are activated and this activity develops those parts of the brain.

  2. Uday Kumar

    Do you have any more tips to improve creativity and problem solving?

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Uday,
      You can solve puzzlesthat come in newspapers such as identifying the changes in 2 pictures that are given, Sudoku or play similar games online.

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Jyotsna,
      You can solve puzzlesthat come in newspapers such as identifying the changes in 2 pictures that are given, Sudoku or play similar games online.

  3. Sunidhi Chauhan

    I tried it and it was really fun and it seems to be helping as well.

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Sunidhi,
      I’m glad that it was of some help. If you continue it, you will see results too.

  4. Shital Singh

    Can you give me a clear idea as to why the brain needs to be exercised as well?

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Shital,
      Just like the body needs to be exercised so also the mind needs to be exercised to perform at its optimum level.

  5. Manisha Kakade

    Hi Shital,
    I think it improves the functioning of the Brain.

    1. Ketan Deshmukh Post author

      Hi Manisha,
      You are absolutely right. Not only does it improve the functioning of the brain it also refreshes the mind thus your performance improves as weell.

  6. rahul

    our brain is like muscles either we use it or we lose it

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