Can We Train Our Brain?

More than you would believe, people often ask, “Can you train your brain?”  The answer is, “Yes.”

Scientists have believed for a long time that once your brain is fully developed, it is no longer able to change. Now, we know that isn’t the case.

Neuroscientific research shows us that the brain is malleable and capable of learning new skills, it’s called neuroplasticity.  Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.  Brain training is essential for continued cognitive growth and development.  Engaging in activities that requires the brain to stretch and think are great ways to stimulate the parts of the brain that lay dormant from underuse.

For example, some of us have relied on calculators so long, that if we were asked to complete a complex math problem in our head, it may take us a little while to come up with the answer. The reason being is because the part of the brain responsible for working out complex problems hasn’t been activated or engaged in a while, so it’s like cranking up the engine to an old car that has been out in the garage for a few years. Anything we don’t use often has the potential to become rusty or wear out.

Think of our brains in the same way, if we are constantly engaging in the same activities that require little or no brain power, like television and video games, then we are likely allowing parts of our brains to sleep or remain underactive. Repetition for anything is key to learning a new skill. Think about learning a new job or task at work. If it’s something that you’ve never done before, then it may take practice before you learn it and become comfortable doing that task more efficiently.

We would love to hear from you, complete the Mental Edge Fitness Challenge below and let us know how it goes. Use the hashtags #trainyourbraintoseethegoodineverything and #everyoneneedsanedge when responding.

Mental Edge Fitness Challenge: #trainyourbraintoseethegoodineverything

Think of one positive thought about yourself or your situation. I challenge you to say that positive thought to yourself a minimum of two times a day for a week. Whether it’s a goal, or a positive trait about yourself or manifesting something into existence, just say it. #everyoneneedsanedge

About Tracy Alston

Tracy Alston is a licensed professional counselor, a mental fitness consultant and board certified in Biofeedback and neurofeedback. Tracy is the Founder and CEO of two companies located in Mooresville, N.C., New Mentality, P.C. and Mental Edge Fitness Solutions, Inc. Tracy’s passion is creating strategies and solutions for improving mental health and mental fitness.

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