This post is doubling as my Insecure Writer’s Support Group post and as “B” for my A to Z Blogging Challenge. :)
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B is for Boost Your Writing Brain Power
If you’re anything like me, you will have moments that no matter what you do, you can’t get your brain working to conjure a single word for your current WIP. When those moments happen, try these 10 tips to boost your (writing) brain power:
1. Take a walk, go for a run, or exercise for thirty minutes. These activities are great for clearing your mind and increases blood flow to your brain.
2. Add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee grounds. Not only does it boost your metabolism and is heart healthy, cinnamon also improves brain function. I have made it a habit to add cinnamon to my coffee every time I brew a pot.
3. Smell peppermint and rosemary. Smelling peppermint can naturally give you a spike of energy. It can also help you to concentrate and treat headaches. As for rosemary, this scent improves memory.
4. Massage your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger. I learned this from my fourth grade teacher. Massaging your earlobes reduces stress and releases endorphins. After you message your earlobes, squeeze the outer edges of your ears all the way to the top.
5. Munch on peanuts at your desk when you need a snack between meals. This is another thing I learned from my fourth grade teacher. Peanuts are a brain booster because they have protein and are high in vitamin B6.
6. Listen to classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart. It is proven that listening to classical music enhances mental performance, and can even help you to focus and finish tasks faster.
7. Drink peppermint tea, chew gum, or eat peppermint candy. As well as the scent of peppermint, the flavor can do the same thing. It also improves digestion and calms stomachs, which is a double plus!
8. Add a splash of blue or red to your desk. The color blue is said to boost our ability to think creatively, and red enhances our attention to detail. So buy a blue or red knick-knack for your desk or hang a painting/picture above your computer screen.
9. Read poetry. Poetry is a great way to kick start feelings and ideas, and enhances imagination. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. Who is yours?
10. Take a 30-minute power nap. All you need is to rest your eyes, calm your mind, and get a dose of energy. Any longer and you might end up more tired than you started.
A to Z Blogging Challenge:
A: Author Photo Tips