10 Keys to Cognitive Flexibility


10 keys to adaptation

  1. Pay attention to your thoughts
    Where does your mind go (or not) when you are called to share information or experience?
  2. Have a goal
    Ask yourself some questions: What do you want to know? What do you want to talk about?
  3. Create categories
    Create mental fields of knowledge and situations ahead of time so you can easily plan your experience. As you read the stories, put topics in mind topics such as Nature, Politics, Art, etc. so that you can draw information easily over time.
  4. Align encoding and retrieval indicators
    Think about the working definition of the information, in what context you will use it, and that will help you remember it when you need it. “The first reason why business start-ups fail is not the flow of money but the fact that people don’t want the product.”
  5. Record your experience
    Perform brain drain. Research says that when we talk about our worries, it frees up more space in our brain to think about other things throughout the day, thus improving greater flexibility.
  6. “If you understand it, you will remember it.”
    A friend told me this recently and I think there is a lot of truth in it. We often have trouble remembering ideas because we do not understand them as well as we thought we did.
  7. Exercise
    After exercising for just 20 minutes, your brain releases dopamine, serotonin, opioids, endorphins, neurotrophics, and endocannabinoids – chemicals that feel good that allow the body and brain to learn and grow. For the sake of evolution, the body is recommended to study while exercising. Exercise improves concentration and reduces anxiety. Over time, it strengthens emotions, increases the size of the hippocampus, and improves neurogenesis. All of these factors improve mood.
  8. Learn new skills
    Learning new skills promotes mental flexibility. Try taking a musical instrument, a new foreign language, or learning a new game.
  9. Shake up your schedule
    To keep the concept sharp and flexible, add new elements to your routine. New incentives promote mood swings because they force your brain to adapt quickly. Traveling is good for this, but you can also simply take a new route home from work or take a trip to a place you have never explored before. Occasionally you are surrounded by people who are different from you and it is a good way to push your brain to make new connections.
  10. Cultivate humor
    Quickness to understand is a sign of mental instability. When we make a joke, it means we are able to go back and see the bigger picture instead of getting caught up in the real meaning of the situation. Finding humor in various situations is an exercise in changing thinking.



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