Do you ever walk in a room and forget why you entered it? Do you forget a person’s name shortly after you have been introduced? Do you have a hard time remembering multiplication numbers? Your brain is like a muscle. It is import to exercise your brain daily. By exercising your brain, it gets stronger and you improve memory, attention span and language. Learning something new should be a daily goal. The brain grows more when you use new and different strategies rather than sticking to what you already know and find easy. So keep an open mind and consider these exercises:
· Get a word of the day calendar and attempt to use your new word in at least three different conversations each day.
· Learn a new language. Recruit a friend and continue speaking to each other in your foreign language. Reward yourself with a trip in which you can use your newly acquired skills.
· Play memory games.
· Listen to audio books on your commute to and from work.
· Subscribe to informative emails regarding your profession.
· Work puzzles (i.e. Sudoku puzzle, jig saw puzzles, word finds).
· Research random topics that come up during the day online.
· Download memory skill games onto your smart phone or laptop.
· Download random fact applications onto your smart phone or laptop.
· Print off a sheet of math problems and do them as fast as possible.
· Make up a story, tell it to a child or write it in a journal.
· Free write in a journal for a scheduled amount of time daily.
· Keep up to date on current events. Watch the national news.
· Limit television time to an hour a day.
· Read a different genre of book than you would normally choose for yourself, consider joining a book club.
· Go on a scavenger hunt.
· Find your way through a maze.
· Meditate to clear your mind and enable better focus.
· Exercise and eat well.
· Avoid toxic substances (alcohol, drugs, preservatives, excessive caffeine).
Enjoy your new mental health!
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