TOP 10 COGNITIVE FITNESS TIPS FOR WOMEN TO UNLEASH BRAIN POWER AND BE SUCCESSFUL
You have the potential to improve your cognitive fitness in order to be successful. With men still ahead when it comes to senior positions, finding out how to unleash your full cognitive fitness is a great way to fight back. Itâ€™s not just about being intelligent. Â Training your cognitive fitness gives you the edge to be successful in life and work.
Neuroscientist and cognitive fitness expert Keiron Sparrowhawk is the author of the top business health book â€śExecutive Function: Cognitive Fitness for Businessâ€ť and has over 40 years of medical development experience. Keiron spent the last 6 years using neuroscience discoveries and developments in technology to understand our brain functioning â€“ in schools, at home and of course, in the workplace. The goal? To enable you to lead a happier and more successful life. When it comes to cognitive fitness, you are as awesome as any manâ€¦ the stats prove it. Whether itâ€™s your next job, your next promotion, or simply to be the best you can, start with improving your cognition and you can ensure your success.
â€śWhy is it that workplaces, especially company boards, seem to overlook 50% of their best brainpower by overlooking women? There are habits that women can adopt daily to boost their cognitive fitness to ensure they are successful at work. We have developed Ten Top Tips to allow women to unleash their maximum cognitive fitness.â€ť
1) Â Avoid too many late nights. Sleep is great for your cognition. Make sure you get enough sleep at least 5 nights out of seven. Sleep allows your brain to recover from the exertions of the day. New research shows how important dreams are. They allow areas of your brain involved with memory to learn from your experience, enhancing your recall and wisdom.
2) Â Look after your body and avoid smoking, drugs, and drinking alcohol to excess, as these will deplete your cognitive fitness. Alcohol is toxic, has masses of calories and completely disrupts your sleep. If your friends need drugs to make life bearable, help them get help. If they wonâ€™t accept your help, consider getting new friends. Donâ€™t let them pull you down.
3) Â Avoid areas of high pollution. Pollution doesnâ€™t only affect your physical health, it also poisons your brain and neuronal pathways. Get out of the city when you can. Exercise and walk in the parks and squares away from traffic. Limit the use of your car; cycle and use public transport and walk to as many destinations as possible.
4) Â Avoid players. Variety may be the spice of life, but not when it comes to love. Share your most intimate moments with the one you love. The hormones released when making love strengthens important neuronal pathways, building resilience, happiness and fitness. If you have too many partners the impact of this hormone is diluted. The most successful people are those in long-term relationships.
5) Â Try walking meetings with your colleagues, which are great for your â€śdivided attention skillsâ€ť. This is not only good exercise, but the effort of concentrating and listening when walking will improve your attention. You will get fitter and take more notice of your environment.
6) Â Drink plenty of water and avoid consuming too much sugar, including sodas, fruit juices and high fruit smoothies, as high glucose levels can be toxic. Those cravings for sugar are the result of bad habits, when alternatively, you could be converting fat to produce the fuel your body needs. If over-weight, next time you get a sugar-rush, exercise instead and drink water. Take the stairs rather than the lift; get off a stop early on your journey to work; â€śwalkâ€ť messages to your colleagues rather than emailing them. This will make your body renew the conversion of fat to fuel, rather than topping up with sugar. This will rebalance your bodies glucose and insulin, improving your cognition and reducing your waistline.
7) Â Avoid the retelling of â€śfake newsâ€ť, which increases anxiety in the office and rebounds back on you. Our world is safer than we are led to believe and your brain doesnâ€™t need the constant drip, drip, drip distraction of scary news. Make a pact with your girl-friends not to pass on dubious looking stories.
8) Â Run speed meetings â€“ show the guys who is boss and shave 5 minutes or more from one hour meetings, saving everyone hours a year. Not only can you put the time to better use, but the practice will make you sharper, and more able to switch tasks with speed and accuracy.
9) Try the thought of â€śwalking in somebodyâ€™s shoesâ€ť before you condemn them for a failing. Show empathy for those more disadvantaged than you. Thank people in the office you might have previously taken for granted. Thank public transport employees, the street cleanersâ€¦ even traffic wardens! Volunteer to help others out. Practicing empathy will improve your cognition and make you more successful.
10) Keep learning. Your full-time education ended in your late teens or early twenties, but the most successful people never stop learning. Our great cities are full of colleges and universities offering courses to meet every need. Choose a subject that you will enjoy and feel passionate about and it wonâ€™t be a chore. This will help you realise your full potential and greatest success.
Make all the above into good habits. Buddy up with a girl-friend and hold each other accountable to see how you are doing. These habits will make you feel great and think great. You will not only be more successful, but by doing these you will pass on good genes and habits to your future offspring.
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