I’m feeling really great after moving slowly last week and single-tasking, anyone else? I’m still hitting moments where I start doing a few things at once just because I’m so used to it, but being mindful of single-tasking has been extremely refreshing.
Since that tweak has made my mind feel better and my productivity seems to be building, I wanted to keep pushing through on things that are good for my brain. While doing a little research, I started reading about working out your mind. I read that keeping your mind sharp can: improve memory, increase your brain’s cognitive reserve, and make you smarter—among other things. Sounds excellent, right?
I learned that there are actually simple ways to continuously work your brain, so I wanted to share a list and urge you to do the same.
Challenge: Give your mind a workout
Here’s are 10 ways to do that—and you should take part in one of these each day:
- Learn a new language or at least some phrases. Learning in general is stellar for memory.
- Take a cooking class or teach yourself a new recipe. Along with memory, this expands the mind.
- Do a crossword puzzle. I bought a book of easier ones to get started, and as the book goes on, they get harder.
- Meditate to expand your attention span.
- Try something that tests your hand-eye ability like a puzzle, painting, or knitting.
- Exercise! The endorphins that you get from a workout (even something light like a walk) helps to keep your neuronal communication healthy.
- Color. Forcing yourself to stay in the lines is actually great for your brain and focus—plus it’s super relaxing. Here’s a book I love.
- Do simple math and skip using the calculator automatically. Work that brain!
- Volunteer. Interacting with strangers and people stimulates the mind.
- Use your non-dominant hand. While brushing your hair or teeth, this can activate a part of your brain that you don’t use as often.