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As most teachers can confirm at the end of a busy school day, coaching can be demanding. The good news is that engaging in appropriate brain exercises and activities such as walking, standing, lifting, and stretching all day help your brain and your body.

Research indicates that when one is involved in physical activity, the body experiences an increased production of the neurochemical BDNF, which supports the production of new synapses and neurons in your brains.

More specifically often, exercise tends to increase mass in brain parts that are involved in memory, executive function, and spatial processing. Exercises also present cardiovascular health effects, which aids in blood vessel growth and flossing of oxygen in the brain.

Regular exercise also helps to ease depression symptoms, relieve stress, and also enhance a positive outlook. Below are some of the 10 best exercises that a teacher can do at come to spark their brain.

Get into meditation.

A teacher who engages in meditation will get the fastest results of all the workouts. By engaging in mediations, a teacher trains their brains to stay focused and resist the temptation of getting to wander.

It has been proved that just 2 to 3 days of meditating for about 10 minutes, make it possible for the brain to focus more. One also gets more energy as stress levels lower.

Work on your posture

In research aimed at testing whether it is possible to strengthen will power, the study involved the participants working on their posture every two weeks.

Each time the participants found themselves slouching, they sat straight, to correct themselves. This is a simple practice that aids in improving the perseverance of willpower.

Teachers must have the appropriate willpower. While it sounds simple to correct one’s posture, it not that simple and takes much willpower to keep upright. Teachers should always ensure that they correct their posture. This will trigger their brain, ensuring they have the willpower all through.

Get enough physical exercises

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While brain health relies more on mental exercises, this doesn’t mean that you take a break from sweat. Instead, physical exercises help a teacher stay sharp.

They increase oxygen inflow to the brain and minimize the risk of ailments resulting in memory loss, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Exercise also helps reduce stress hormones and improves the effects of chemicals that are helpful to the brain. Most importantly is the part that exercises play in neuroplasticity by enhancing growth factors and the stimulation of new neuronal connections.

Exercise tips that will help spark your teacher’s brain include.

  • Taking part in aerobic exercises helps boost the brain, you should choose the activities that help keep your blood pumping. Generally, exercises that benefit the heart are also appropriate for the brain.
  • It is also helpful to the brain if you considered the time that you take to clear the fog on waking up. You can, for example, try taking part in morning exercise before embarking on your class. This will help keep you refreshed during the day, which will help you as a teacher to keep your class sessions lively.
  • While at home, a teacher can also take part in physical activities requiring complex motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and this specifically helps in brain building.
  • Having exercise breaks is beneficial as far as getting past afternoon slumps are concerned. Just a few jumping jacks and short walks are enough to have your brain rebooted.

Ensure you get enough sleep

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As a teacher, there is a vast disparity between the amounts of sleep you receive and the amount required to function at your best. Studies have shown that adults require 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night to evade deprivation.

Sleep is a vital part of a teacher’s life and helps in memory and learning. It has been proved by research that sleep is very beneficial and aids in memory consolidation, and during sleep, key memory-enhancing activities occur.

To spark your teacher’s brains, ensure that each night you have to sleep simultaneously and get up at the same time each morning. Try not to break the routine even on holiday and weekends. Ensure that you also avoid screens at least an hour from bed.

The blue light that tablets, TVs, computers, and Phones emit usually suppress hormones such as melatonin, triggering wakefulness. Cut your caffeine intake. Caffeine is not the best option for a teacher who needs optimum functioning brains, as it interferes with your sleep at night. If you can’t completely cut your caffeine, try reducing its uptake.

Make time for friends.

As a teacher whose ready to spark their brains, you should always think of ways to improve your memories, including having a time playing chess with friends or having sometimes hanging out with friends. Studies have proved that a life spent with friends has many cognitive benefits.

Humans are usually very social beings. Were are not supposed to survive alone. Relationships help in brain stimulations, and when interacting with others, we usually offer our brains beneficial exercise.

As a teacher, engaging with meaningful friends and a robust support system boosts your emotional health and is also suitable for your brain health. Teachers can engage in many activities at home that will help them benefit from socializing.

This includes joining a volunteer club at home and also having to reach friends out quite often. Also, pets are essential animals whose benefits shouldn’t be overlooked.

Spark your brain with a Jigsaw puzzle

Whether you decide to put 1000 image picture pieces together or much lesser, working on a jigsaw puzzle is one of the best ways to keep your brain sparked.

Research has proven that Jigsaw puzzles aids in the recruitments of multiple cognitive abilities and thus help a teacher’s brain.

Play or listen to music

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One of the most natural methods that a teacher can spark their brain at home is by turning to some music. Research has proved that listening to music usually aids in generating more innovative solutions. Cranking up some feel-good music can thus enable boosting brainpower as well as help in creative thinking.

Have fun building your vocabulary

Knowing vocabularies has a way of making one sound smart. Vocabulary can also be a mind-stimulating game. This is because multiple brain regions are involved in vocabulary tasks, thus boosting the memory auditory and visual processing abilities.

Keep your tress level in check.

Stress can be harmful to your brain. With time, chronic stress damages the hippocampus and other brain cells, such as the part of the brain that is involved in new cell formation and retrieving the old ones. Tips that will help a teacher manage stress include; Set expectations that are realistic during the day take breaks, instead of bottling your feelings express them, and always set a healthy balance between work time and leisure time.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, just like all body muscles, with the appropriate practice, the brain can be sparked. As a teacher, explicitly engaging with the above exercises while at home will help boost your brain power.

We live in challenging times and working from home isn’t easy. Take time to work on yourself. Take time for you to keep a healthy mind and outlook.

Your turn
What do you think about this list? Do you do something that helps you stay calm and relaxed you want to share? Share in the comment section.

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