Habit #4: Mental Exercise (Part 5 of 7)
“Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” -Gandhi or
“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” -Napoleon Hill
As people grow older, many worry about becoming more forgetful with age. Early cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia are very real threats but scientists are saying that most people remain able and alert with age, but simply have trouble remembering certain things. In order to stay sharp and maintain mental wellness, there are several types of mental exercises one can perform to stay sharp and alert.
First, it’s important to develop hobbies or special interests to stay involved with activities that stimulate the mind and body. By keeping up with these activities, individuals can maintain a healthy state of mind. Something as simple as playing darts can accomplish both goals. Keep score with a pen and paper (or chalkboard) and practice your aim while challenging friends over a fun game. Playing billiards or cards can also stimulate the mind and body.
For those who don’t have time for these games, there are several other options for mental exercise. Puzzle books like crosswords or sudoku are portable and a great way to practice a mental exercise while waiting for the kids after school or riding the bus. These games are also available on most smart phones for those who don’t wish to carry a book around. Other acts could be as simple as using a pencil and paper to balance the checkbook rather than a calculate. Challenge your mind everyday.
Besides playing games, it’s important to remember to train the brain to be happy. This may sound ridiculous or impossible but it works. By simply thinking positive, it’s possible to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Keeping yourself on a positive level can help the brain remain uplifted and help to avoid dwelling within negative thoughts. Try to find the silver lining in every activity. If you’re stuck in traffic, pull out that sudoku book and improve your mental wellness rather than sinking into negative thoughts.