The Brain Is Plastic, It’s Fantastic!
If you’re looking to make a positive change in your life then you need to indulge in a little bit of brain training.
Here at Peak, we pride ourselves on being the experts when it comes to all things brain training and cognition related.
Now, if you don’t know what brain training is, firstly, where have you been? Secondly, don’t fear, we’re about to reveal all.
Brain training is based on the idea of neuroplasticity, which is the term used to describe how our brains are malleable and how they connect and change when we encounter new and exciting experiences. What this means is that you can train and maintain your brain to help ward off any cognitive deficits which may emerge with natural ageing. What it also means is that you can take advantage of your plastic brain and train aspects of your cognitive processes to have, for example, a better memory or increased attention span.
We feel this is such an important topic that we have come up with a list of five books we think you need to read, if you’re looking to train your brain and change your life.
Here we go…
1. The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow
Written by psychotherapist, best selling author and brain health expert Dr. Mike Dow, The Brain Fog Fix looks into the chemicals in our brains and how they impact our thoughts, feelings and actions. (We did a post on this that you can read here… no pressure.)
Brain fog is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, Dr Dow states that our brains “are not receiving the support they need to produce essential brain chemicals we need to function” and these chemicals are: cortisol, serotonin and dopamine.
The Brain Fog Fixer is a three-week programme which is designed to naturally solve and prevent fog by restoring brain chemicals and training your brain to be be happy again, by focusing on improving your cognitive processes such as:
If you often feel like your brain is lagging, or it’s not performing as it should be, then this may be the book for you.
2. Rewire Your Brain by Dr. John B. Arden
Based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Dr. John B. Arden delves into the world of neuroplasticity and what it means for us.
Dr. Arden is a leading name in brain-based therapy and in his book he uses numerous studies on neuroplasticity to illustrate how we have the power to activate parts of our brain that have been missing out on all the action. Rewire Your Brain encourages us to train the brain, promising a more positive feeling towards life, staying calm in stressful situations and boosting cognition.
Whilst we may have once believed differently and thought that the brain we were born with would remain unchanged until we die, we now know that the human brain is plastic. Rewire Your Brain, provides us with tools and techniques to incorporate into your life and routine.
But be warned, Dr. Arden notes that it takes dedication and commitment to change the function of the Amygdala.
3. A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley
If maths and science are two subjects you have always struggled with, then this book is essential for you.
Dr. Barbara Oakley wasn’t the best at maths and science in school. However, when her struggle with these subjects began to limit her career opportunities in the army, she decided it was time to take matters into her own hands and master the art of numbers.
Oakley assures the reader that they have it in them to do whatever they want, and recalls tips, tricks and techniques to help train their brain, so they are no longer limited by what they can do.
After reading this book, you will be able to train your brain to solve any problem.
4. Master Your Mind: Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus and Re-Energize Your Runaway Brain by Roger Siep and Robb Zbierski
From the author of Train Your Brain To Success, Roger Siep and professional speaker, trainer and personal coach, Robb Zbierski comes Master Your Mind.
Master Your Mind suggests that our ambitions can often turn into stress, which, as we know is not good for our body, brain and health. By slowing everything down and maintaining a steady consistency, we can optimise our creativity, build our energy and do more than we ever have before.
Seip and Zbierski show you how by slowing everything down you can actually achieve more. Seip notes that the frenzied brain simply does not perform at its optimal level and in order for the brain to be working at the highest level, we need to take things slooow.
5. Atomic Habits by James Clear
More often than not, when we decide to make a positive change in life, we tend to go in hard. When all we are told is to “go big or go home” or “you gotta risk it to get the biscuit” that is precisely what we do.
But it seems that there is another way to change your life without going big.
World-renowned habits expert and New York Times bestseller James Clear spills all in Atomic Habits when it comes to building good habits and getting rid of the bad ones.
Clear uses up-to-date research from the fields of psychology and neuroscience, alongside inspiring tales of Olympic gold winners, leading CEOs and top-of-their field scientists to illustrate why engaging in small daily habits come together to form a compound effect, leading to real changes in your life.
Now you have no excuse to not train your brain, as we have done all the hard work for you. Whatever it is that you’re looking to improve, challenging your brain with our list of top 5 brain training books is sure to get you there. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of reading, don’t worry all the books mentioned are available as audio guides.
Cognitive deficits and declines are a real thing, something we will all experience as we naturally age. The best way to keep these at bay is to – you guessed it, train your brain.
The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow
Rewire Your Brain by Dr. John B. Arden
A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley
Master Your Mind: Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus and Re-Energize Your Runaway Brain by Roger Siep and Robb Zbierski
Atomic Habits by James Clear
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