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10 Exercises for Your Prefrontal Cortex

The following are 10 “exercise” choices for a prefrontal cortex workout.

  1. Put on your rose coloured glasses. Create a positive future story; optimism is associated with rising levels of dopamine which engages the brain.

  2. Follow a sleep routine. At the end of the day, choose a pleasant activity that brings your day to a peaceful end. Getting adequate sleep is connected with memory function.

  1. Deny the drama and avoid getting caught up in gossip, what-if’s and theatrical reactions (other people’s too). Drama fires up the amygdala that gets the prefrontal cortex off its game.

  2. Move your body with sports, dance, martial arts, yoga or other active pursuits.

  1. Find ways to express your gratitude. Gratitude activities increase positive emotions which then activates the prefrontal cortex.

  1. Offer and receive physical contact.  Give and take hugs to literally soothe the brain with calming inhibitory peptides.

  1. Create silly sentences, acronyms and cartoons to help remember things. These skills call on the prefrontal cortex and Executive Functions to access working memory. By integrating jokes, riddles and puns you can also learn to think flexibly by shifting between different meanings and associations of words.

  2. Play! Make-belief play, in particular strengthens Executive Functions.

  1. Be of service and volunteer. The social and mental activity required sends blood rushing to the prefrontal cortex.

  1. Learn to juggle. Learning any new and engaging activity fires off neurons in a positive way. Other activities that require focus and practice such as dancing, circus arts, music, theatre and sports are predicted to significantly strengthen Executive Function.


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