5 Tips On How to Develop High Performance Thinking

Ever find yourself struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of modern day life? With things getting busier, faster and more complex, staying at the top of our game requires a high level of mental agility, flexibility and innovative thinking.

The key to developing high performance thinking is to get brain fit.

Brain fitness is about having a fit and healthy brain that allows us to perform at our very best, in all circumstances. New brain science has shown how taking care of our brain and using it in the way it’s designed can boost mental performance. Think benefits like a sharper, more resilient mind and one that’s capable of thinking well under stress.

Here are 5 tips on how you can lift your brain fitness and boost high performance thinking.

Refuel smart

 Our food choices determine our mood and contribute to our mental wellbeing and focus. Following a brain-healthy eating pattern is easier than you think.

Forget the fad diets and super food trends and focus on eating ‘real food’ to maintain optimal cognition. The diet most extensively studied for better brain health is the Mediterranean style diet.

This includes a healthy mix of leafy green vegetables, three portions a week of oily, cold-water carnivorous fish, other lean protein, deeply pigmented fruits and berries, some seeds and nuts, whole grains, olive oil and a little bit of top quality dark chocolate (70% minimum cocoa solids).

Avoid skipping meals and eating too much processed foods full of fat and sugar.

Not anymore, champ.

Prioritise sleep

 Cognitive fatigue is the devil. It means you can’t concentrate, you’re more likely to make mistakes and you’re probably cranky 24/7. Long days, heavy workloads, working late or starting extra early adds up to our cognitive load.

We fall into bed longing for sleep, which then eludes us as our brain decides it’s party-time and keeps us thinking all night long.

As tempting as it may be to binge on Netflix all night, it’s best to squeeze in 7-8 hours of good quality, uninterrupted sleep. Getting some decent shut-eye is essential for neuronal health, emotional regulation, the formation of long-term memory and getting the gist of what we have learned.

Plus, it helps for better recall of information at a later date.

Give your brain a break

 Always working through your lunch break? You may think that you’re being efficient, but the truth is, you’re not working your brain in the way it was designed. We have peaks and troughs of energy cycling through 90-minute periods during our day. By taking a 20-minute break between each of these allows us to get more done, to a higher level, in less time and with energy left to spare.

Review your daily schedule and workload and fit in break times for your brain. It deserves it!

Book in a time to think

Before you dismiss this tip, consider the rationale and benefits. Foggy thinking from having too much on our mind reduces our ability to focus, to solve problems, make good decisions or think creatively.

Scheduling in some thinking space every day is the perfect way to pause, hone attention and gain clarity of thoughts. Opt for a daily mindfulness or meditation practice that works for you, whether it’s listening to your favourite music, trying out yoga, colouring or connecting with the outdoors.

The good news is; twenty minutes is all it takes to set you up for a great day of thinking.

Get Moving

Exercise has been shown to help optimise how well your brain works for you, resulting in improved cognition, learning and memory.

Simply incorporating thirty minutes of aerobic exercise on a daily basis gives the brain it’s best workout and primes us for optimum performance.

There’s a host of other benefits too. Exercise helps us to lift our mood, which opens up our mind to new ways of doing things, to learn more effectively and keep us mentally well.

Being brain fit isn’t a nice-to-have – it’s an essential for better brain health, better thinking and greater happiness.

Look at him go!