Well I’m getting older. No, I’m not in denial. 🙂 I recognize it and some days I’m o.k. with it and other days, I’m just not. On those days, I try not to think about it and instead relish in the thoughts that I’m wiser and smarter than the younger generation. 😉
However, one of the reasons I can say this is that I keep mentally and physically active. In the years to come as we approach middle age, we definitely lose track of things and forget things more often.
It’s part of the aging process. Can’t be helped. It is what it is, right? But we can keep working to keep ourselves sharp.
Our minds, no matter the age, can begin to deteriorate if it is not used often. So keeping mentally active is imperative.
There are multiple methods in order to keep our mind sharp, most of which involves practicing mental exercises.
There are many, many ways. I, for one, am a dancer. I also choreograph as well. So I exercise my mind constantly by learning new dances and creating new dances, going to events and exercising my body, as well as my mind! Learning these dances keeps me mentally active and it is challenging, but I love it. 🙂
Another way to keep mentally active is by playing games. In our computer age, there are so many electronic games that keep us addictingly engaged. These games are on our iphones, iPads, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Scramble, etc. I personally don’t play those games, but I’m a big Bejeweled freak, as well as the whole Microsoft card game suit and of course, Bid Whist! WooHoo!
Other games include filling out crossword puzzles. Crossword puzzles are a great way to keep your mind sharp as they don’t require a lot of time but do require intense thought. Filling out crossword puzzles in the morning not only requires a lot of thought, but it also increases a variety of literary skills.
- Sudoku is another popular puzzle often included in the morning paper. Much like crossword puzzles, they also require intense thought. Sudoku requires a player to fill out columns of numbers without having identical numbers touch. These puzzles often take a lengthy amount of time to complete and are incredibly strenuous on the mind, so make sure you’ve got some time.
Lastly, one of the most effective methods to keep your mind sharp is by reading. Reading not only increases vocabulary, but it often inspires creativity and imagination. Creativity and imagination are indicators that the mind is still sharp.
Reading texts, essays, and books are a great way to sharpen the mind. Imagination also requires a lot of thought. Not only must the reader understand what is happening, but they must recreate that event within their head. Reading is also an excellent way to learn about new topics.
By reading a plethora of books, the reader can gain knowledge on a variety of topics.
And while we’re talking about it, since most of us blog, is blogging is also an effective way to keep the mind sharp. Blogging is not easy and involves a number of activities to know and learn and it will certainly keep your mind sharp trying to think of articles/posts each week to write about. 🙂
Having intellectual arguments with other people will also help to keep your mind sharp. Intellectual arguments and discussions often require the participants to come up with an argument, as well as reasoning and support.
This requires intense mental activity because not only are you required to defend your own argument, but you must consider your opponent’s argument and provide a response.
One thing I love is being in my Mastermind group with my lady friends! We are all strong, intelligent women and the intellectual capacity is amazing. You can’t help but learn from these ladies, plus it keeps your mind sharp in various discussions.
Debating is a great way to keep the mind sharp as it requires critical thinking and analysis skills. Critical thinking and analysis are both mental activities, which will help keep the mind in prime condition.
So I’ve shared with you a few of my tips to keep my mind sharp. My job also involves constant mental acuity on a daily basis. It’s always hopping and something is going on. It definitely helps us stay young! See if you can make your job or your internet marketing more interesting and exciting. It definitely helps the mind and the body stay sharp.
What do you do to keep your mind sharp? Please share and let us know so we can add to our list and help keep our minds sharp.