10 Brain Exercises At Home for Optimizing Memory & Mental Health

The more you exercise your brain, the better you’ll be able to remember and process information. Much in the way that traditional exercise routines reduce fat, add lean muscle, and help your body to retain that muscle as you get older, researchers believe that performing targeted, regular brain exercises and following a brain-healthy lifestyle may also boost your brain’s cognitive reserve.

Keep reading to find 10 great brain exercise ideas along with examples and resources, plus find out why brain exercises can strengthen your mind and help with overall mental health.

1. Meditate

Meditation is a powerful tool with many health benefits. For centuries, it’s been known that engaging in regular meditation can slow your breathing, calm your body, and reduce your anxiety and stress. But did you know that meditating can physically change the body and brain and could possibly help promote healthy behaviors and improve a number of health problems! By meditating, you can boost your brain’s ability to process information, improve your focus and concentration, and fine-tune your memory.

Examples & Resources:

  • Begin by finding a comfortable place to sit uninterrupted for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. While you sit, close your eyes, be aware of your breathing, and push any wandering thoughts or voices in your head away.
  • We have organized some really quick, easy to use and try 5-Min Mini Meditations in our Calendar of free exercises for the body & mind (note the full week of sample meditations at the end of April).

2. Dance

Believe it or not, but learning new dance moves can actually increase your brain’s memory and processing speed. In other words, your brain will thank you if you bust a move on the dance floor — regardless of how silly you might feel.

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