While we often associate health and wellness with staying physically active, keeping our mind sharp is just as important. Our brain acts like a muscle which means that, like muscles, it thrives on exercise. How? By learning new things!
When our brain intakes new information, it enables us to expand our skills and enhance our overall well-being. Not only does keeping our brain active and stimulated decrease cognitive risks like dementia, but it boosts focus and memory, increases our mental and emotional health, and fuels creativity.
Dedicate Time Each Day
Whether it’s five minutes, 15 minutes, or one hour of your day, make a point to try and learn something new. This can be achieved through reading, listening to a podcast, or solving puzzle games. Depending on your interests, the activities you do to stimulate your brain might look different than what others choose to do.
What matters most is that you are dedicating a specific amount of time each day to learning new things. Hold yourself accountable so that you can build this habit into your routine and reap the long-term benefits!
Ways to Exercise Your Brain
Learning a foreign language
Practicing a sport
Mind-enhancing games (puzzles, crosswords, sudoku)