8 Ways to Keep Your Mind SharpNone By Maizie
A clear and sharp mind is an important thing to pursue. Research shows that challenging your brain with new or difficult activities can actually build new brain cells and strengthen the connection between them, which is great for warding off cognitive decline and memory loss later in life. Even more, having a sharp and active mind can reduce your stress levels, help you recall information faster, and make you feel more engaged with life.
Sounds like a good deal to us. So, here are 8 things you can try to keep your brain in tip-top shape.
Find a New Favorite Podcast
There are a ton of mentally-stimulating and thought-provoking podcasts out there. NPR, The BBC, WNYC, and others have created all kinds of different shows to satisfy your appetite for pop culture, world news, crazy storytelling, and new music. Some of our favorites include This American Life, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Radiolab, Invisibilia and the TED Radio Hour. Get your friends in on it too and prepare to have a lot more to talk about!
Push the boundaries of your social comfort zone. Make an account on Meetup.com and do something you enjoy with a bunch of likeminded people. Do you like camping? Foodies? Beach days? Yoga? They have meetups for virtually anything. It’s a great way to make new friends in your area and a chance to have challenging and stimulating conversations with people even outside of your regular social circles.
Keep a Journal or Blog
Have you ever sat down after a long mental pause (like a summer trip) to write a long email or letter and realized you’ve forgotten how to form a sentence? Don’t let it happen again. Keep a journal or blog to work both the logical and creative sides of your brain.
Go on an Adventure
You don’t need to travel all the way to the Peruvian rainforest to find adventure (though, that would be super cool). Even visiting a new side of town, or driving a few hours to another state or a tourist site, will do the trick. Make a habit of seeking out the new and exciting. You’ll stimulate your brain and satisfy your wanderlust at the same time.
Break Out Your Reading List
Here’s an obvious one. Check out the New York Times’ Bestsellers List, pick your favorite 4 or 5, and see how many you can finish in a month’s or two-month’s time. You might even consider joining a book c