Studies from 1982 and onwards have shown us that the brain can ‘regrow’ or develop – this process is called neuroplasticity. The process allows us to have access to greater cognitive capacity, physiological wellness and emotional control all of which help to improve our personal resilience.
An example of neuroplasticity has been found in London taxi drivers. A cab driver’s hippocampus (the part of the brain that holds spatial representation capacity), is measurably larger than that of a bus driver. By driving the same route every day, the bus drivers don’t need to exercise this part of the brain as much. The cabbies, on the other hand, rely on it constantly for navigation.
Simple techniques to increase your personal neuroplasticity include:
- Improving our spatial awareness by turning off our satnav and reading a map
- Learning a new language
- Listening to a new musical genre
- Reading a comic
- Taking new routes to and from regular destinations
- Walking, running, cycling, hopping and skipping………(yes, really….!)
- Standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 30 seconds
- Being ‘other handed’ for a day
Why not have a go, try something new and increase your brains neuroplasticity?