This blog post is late due to Mother’s Day Weekend and complete brain fatigue. Hope all the mothers and the single fathers had a great Mother’s Day!
Brain fatigue is a huge issue for me, and I know it is for a lot of creatives. We do so much in our daily lives – we’re moms and dads, creatives, members of the workforce, chronic illness sufferers – the list goes on and on. Most of us work hard at our creative pursuits, constantly improving our craft, no matter what it is.
And being creative takes a lot of brain energy.
How To Increase Brain Energy
Eat Right For More Brain Energy
The brain only has so much energy, especially if you aren’t eating right. And most of us aren’t, even if we choose healthy snacks, we’re still running around (like chickens with our heads cut off), trying to keep up with all of our responsibilities AND our creative life.
The brain needs certain things for energy. Starting with a healthy, balanced diet is a great idea to increase brain energy, but certain foods work better than others. Carbohydrates for one. Yes, evil carbs are amazing for brain energy. But not all carbs are created equal – aim for complex carbs rather than simple ones. It’s the simple ones you should mostly avoid – even if over 40% of your diet should be carbs.
Ketones are important as well as protein – fatty acids and amino acids are required for your brain to function.
You know you should, but when are you going to find the time? Try exercising for 15 minutes instead of blocking out an hour if you just can’t get that much time. Aim to do 2 15 minute exercise routines at a minimum. The best part is, you don’t have to go to the gym – all that running around you do counts! This gets oxygen to the brain, which is vital to brain health. The more you exercise regularly, the more oxygen that gets to your brain.
The synapses and neurons in your brain uses roughly 80% of your brain’s energy. Exercise produces lactate as well, most of which goes to your brain for energy. Stretching regularly will help in keeping the lactate flowing. Lactate may also have much to do with your brain’s plasticity, which affects learning and changing.
Take A Nap
Sometimes you just need to refresh your brain. Taking a nap can help reduce the toll thinking has on your brain, as the brain uses different functions while you sleep. Even a 20-minute nap can help refresh your brain. I know suggesting a nap is almost crazy talk for most of us, but give it a try. It’s good for your brain AND your productivity!
Many of us like to unwind with a beer or glass of wine, which is fine and may be healthy. The issue shows up when someone becomes a heavy drinker – they aren’t doing their brain any favors, and instead may be destroying it. If you are an alcoholic, get help – the drunken creative myths aren’t doing you any favors. It’s hurting you and your creative pursuits.
The brain is seriously an amazing thing. At 3lbs, it uses about 20% of your energy…a fairly large percentage. And we still know so little about it. Studies are being done all the time on various subjects, including how everyday things affect the brain. I find the brain absolutely fascinating. These tips will definitely help you keep your brain energy high as you go through your day.
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