Cognition is your ability to think quickly, clearly and accurately. By scheduling time every day to be social, to continually learn and to challenge our brain, we can work to create a sharper, more fit brain.

Brain health and cognition is a topic not often talked about because the science behind it is still new and emerging. With physical exercise, the science behind it is well-established and known. If you workout your body, your strength, endurance and physical health improve. This same idea is becoming true with cognition too. Science is finding that if you aren’t cognitively active, stimulated or challenged, then your cognitive health declines. In turn, your processing speed, memory, attention and focus dwindle. But, if you engage in activities that require you to be cognitively active, stimulated and challenged then it’s possible to improve your processing speed, memory and attention. On top of this, some studies are finding that improving cognition can help stave off brain disorders like dementia too. With the average lifespan of humans increasing, cognitive health issues are becoming a more prevalent issue at the end of life. But by improving our cognition, we can create a sharper, more fit brain to live healthier and happier no matter our age.

This process of improving my cognition has brought a number of benefits into my life and many others. To name a few:

  • Enhance Executive Function, Mathematical and Language Skills
  • Increase Memory and Problem Solving Abilities
  • Improve Mood, Productivity and Creativity
  • Decrease Risk of Dementia and Mortality

If you’d like to begin your journey to improved cognition, here are the 3 steps I recommend.

While this 3-step guide may seem obvious and easy to implement, it’s far from it. To make changes in your life, it requires a significant portion of time to educate yourself, develop a personalized plan, implement the changes and retrain your habits. Despite the process being difficult, as with anything, it gets easier with consistent effort over an extended period of time. Try focusing on one step of this guide for a month. Monitor and manage your progress each week. And then once you’ve got a good handle on it, move on to the next step. Because…

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.

John Maxwell – The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
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