Self-discipline is the key to a fully utilized brain. Here are some important suggestions.
1. Eat well.
Make sure you are eating according to the government guidelines. This is an absolutely critical step to good health and to feeling healthy. It will keep your brain in top shape. It will regulate your emotions. Off-kilter emotions are the number one thing that interferes with keeping a brain healthy because they create unnecessary and distorted thoughts. The government guidelines for eating are solidly based on scientific evidence and are written by top nutritionists. You don’t have to be rich or even middle class to follow them; they work for all people.
2 Jog and swim.
These two exercises will regulate your whole body. Swimming can be a drag because it takes a bit of extra clumsy (unnatural) effort in having to change clothes, etc., but running is the most natural exercise in the world and will make you feel excellent and fit for life. Get up early when the air is the freshest and run for a half hour a day. This will keep your brain in tip-top shape.
3. Be choosy about what you read.
Write down the top five subjects you want to know about and read books on those subjects daily. Learn systematically from the ground up. Start at an introductory level and work your way up to advanced. This will not only make you an expert in the subject, but you will find that your vocabulary increases naturally and you will be in tune with intelligent people around you because it will create the right grammatical structures in your brain! Your speaking will improve. This will also keep your brain healthy.
4. Listen to the news.
Do not spend too much time on this. Just listen to the news for twenty minutes a day on the radio, not on TV. This will keep your brain clear and will keep you abreast of the important events and names in the world. If you watch it or read it you will be absorbing opinions. This will clutter your brain, not keep it healthy. As an exercise you can compare various reporters and find the ones who are the most truthful.
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5. Play chess.
You don’t know how to play chess, you say? You need to begin immediately. It is a skill you will be thankful for when your brain is sharper a year down the line. Sudoku will also sharpen your brain. Don’t waste time on these, but do them before falling asleep, when eating alone, or between activities.
6. Learn how to be a Master Student.
In high school, socialization throws many kids off track from developing healthy brains. Kids will even get made fun of if they are too smart. My suggestion: stay on track. Whatever you are learning, give your undivided attention to it and make sure you master it. That’s the best part of high school; you learn in manageable chunks and are guided by teachers. You will never have this opportunity again, not even in college. Another thing that can distract a student from developing his or her brain is a personality conflict with a teacher. Forget the teacher’s personality. All you have to do is focus on what they are teaching you.
7. Have maps and charts in your head
so that you never have to refer to them again. Do not just memorize states and capitals. Learn where each one is on the map one by one, and keep this whole map in your head. You will never flounder again. You will be able to start to see the connections in how and where things happen in relationship to each other. Do this with the world map as well, and with the Periodic Table of Elements. Any map or chart that is meaningful. These are natural elements of the universe and the space we live in, so they are critical. If you can visualize the table of elements in your head and understand the basics of each, you will be well on your way to learning about the whole universe.
8. Learn a musical instrument.
I can’t stress enough how important this is to a healthy brain. It will give you immense self-confidence as well.