Boost Cognitive Performance

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 2, 2011 in , , , , | 1 Comment

Has your brain turned to jell-o?

The stress associated with being a college student often creates episodes of feeling overwhelmed. At a time when you need your brain to be working at its optimum, it can let you down. You may feel as if your brain has turned to jell-o. Here is a helpful tip to rev up the gray matter without using harmful drugs, caffeine and chemical-laden canned drinks, or that expensive cup of java.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that taking a 45 minute walk in a park can enhance your cognitive performance. But, walking around downtown doesn’t do the same thing. Cities create an overload and require more concentration, while being in nature provides a more refreshing mental state.

Whether in college studying for exams, or stuck behind a desk at work, be sure to take time to get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Take the full 45 minutes suggested above during lunch, or 15 minute breaks a couple times a day when time is tight. Even if it’s just walking down the block to look at a beautiful grove of trees, the break will refresh your brain!