The Mentally Engaged Mind
“Use It or Lose It” is Especially True About Your Brain
You’ve heard the saying, use it or lose it, and it’s especially true when it comes to your brain. Research indicates that the brain is capable of learning and retaining new facts and skills throughout life, especially with frequent intellectual stimulation. Intellectual curiosity, pursuit of education, even games, reading and learning new activities are all fun and easy ways to exercise your mind.
Helpful Tips for a Mentally Engaged Mind:
- Find a brain-stimulating activity you like – reading, crosswords, learning a new language – and engage in it regularly.
- Try carving out a little time to meditate when you feel stress is starting to get the better of you, or even when you don’t. Meditation may help to reduce inflammation and stress by soothing the vagus, the part of the brain that controls inflammation and immune response in the body.
- Commit to learning a new word or fact every day and commit to mastering a new skill or subject area every year of your life.