Brain fatigue

If you're feeling fatigued or tired it may not be that you're just plain overworked, you may be suffering from any number of factors that contribute to mind and body fatigue.

Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as your diet, can have a dire impact on your quality of life and your brain's ability to function at the top of its game.

We all know a sedentary body leads to a sedentary mind, therefore exercise is paramount to combating brain fatigue. But, in order to exercise and function properly, your body and brain require the correct fuel.

Procrastination and motivation

Two common and destructive hurdles that often stand in the way of many people boosting their brainpower are procrastination and a lack of motivation.

Procrastination presents itself in many forms and has many allies lurking all around, just waiting to distract you from the task at hand. Identifying the ways in which you procrastinate, listing them and sticking them on the fridge may encourage you not to fall victim to their traps in the future.

Getting caught in front of the TV or 'just checking your email' then surfing the net for hours are common and easily avoidable procrastination traps. Start by cutting these out of your spare time and doing something constructive and fun. You'll be amazed at how quickly your procrastinating ways will change.

With procrastination behind you, new and challenging pastimes can now be undertaken to further yourself and have some fun. However, if you seem to be constantly beginning but, failing to see your endeavours through to the end, it may be that your motivation has waned because your chosen task just isn't as much fun as you thought it would be.

From a crossword to a running regime, if you start out at a level that is too difficult, your results will be disappointing and your level of enjoyment will plummet.

To maintain your fun, enjoyment and motivation, start with a simple sodoku or a short run. As your ability increases and you begin to crack bigger crosswords or run faster times (or even finally beat your grandma at Scrabble!) your motivation to be sharper and fitter will also increase.

Combining the tips above with regular, well-rounded reading should have you back at the peak of your mental abilities in no time. At the very least you can now justify that Sunday morning cuddle and relaxing sleep-in with a crossword as an integral part of your cognitive fitness regime!