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Get right kind of stimulation from people, and converse is also true -- some people provide a negative drag. Avoid them.
Work out both sides of your brain. Traditional study will improve left-brain--analytical, logical and reasoning. Music, art, poetry and myths will work out right-brain. You need both, and you need good communication between two.
5. Use music. We've all heard about "Mozart effect." The validity of listening to Mozart hasn't exactly been proven, but we do know that music can soothe us (new age) and hype us up (rap). Experiment! It's certainly good for right-brain.
6. Certain drugs can increase oxygen flow to brain and/or increase blood flow, but they should be used judiciously as some can be harmful or lethal. The results still aren't in yet on St. John's Wort for depression, or gingko biloba for Alzheimer's disease. Stay up on research and check it out.
7. Practice extreme self-care. What you eat and how you exercise affect your brain just as they affect every other organ in your body. We know that aerobic exercise can improve scores on some types of creativity tests. It will also, of course, improve your self-confidence to exercise, eat right and be in top shape. Build up reserves of energy and get enough sleep. Give your brain a break!
Remember that it works if you work it.
Susan Dunn, M.A., Clinical Psychology, is a personal and professional development coach specializing in emotional intelligence. Email her for her free ezine.