We take our car in for a tune-up when it is in need of repair or routine maintenance but what about our minds.
Experiencing a chronic illness is emotionally and mentally draining. Physical demands do not ease up nor does the level of mental exhaustion. If you are anything like me, you have to rely on completing tasks in your own unique way. And that is perfectly okay. Making strides toward wellness is all that matters.
I am here to let you know that your mind is the most useful tool you have and it is wise to tune it up every so often.
Are you neglecting the opportunity to enlighten yourself? Or ignoring signs that may point to the decline of your brain health? Are you open to exploring ways to strengthen your mind’s abilities? If you are, you have come to the right place.
I am here to offer some tips that may help you combat failing cognitive skills. What are cognitive skills you say, only the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention (LearningRx). So you see they are significant contributors to your wellbeing.
Tip #1 – Remain Physically Active.
Move that body. It doesn’t matter to what extent or the method used. It matters that you approach a balance that is appropriate for the factors present in your life. Be as consistent as you are able to be. There is no wrong way to be physically active.
The goal is to get that blood pumping and heart rate up. Remember to use caution according to your particular condition.
Tip #2 – Reduce Stress.
Examine the priorities in your life. Pay attention to areas that are excessively draining. These areas may cause deterioration of your health. It is smart to make use of resources that you have available. This will decrease your stress levels and enable you to manage your life more effectively.
Tip #3 – Manage Emotional Health.
What are your emotions saying about you? Are you taking the time to tune into your mood and its changes? Noticing any consistent unhealthy patterns? If so, please consider therapeutic care to prevent severe mental health difficulties.
Remember to take time for yourself as well. It is simple and deliberate care that helps the delicate balance which is life. Examine your interests and personal care needs. Make time to participate in activities that bring you joy. Make it a priority to address them accordingly.
All these things are important in the pursuit of wellness.
Tip #4 – Be social.
Being social is good for your health. It is no wonder that research has shown by interacting with others, we actually train our brains (Healthline Media). Through our social interactions, we gain a network of support. This network comes with heaps of rewards spilling over onto both mental and emotional health.
Socializing contributes to increased self confidence and happiness. The close relationships in our life sustain us. They provide us with a sense of comfort. They keep us grounded when we lose our way in this world. And most importantly, it is about the connections we make.
Having social support helps us to thrive and decreases stress and effects of mental illness.
Tip #5 – Expand Your Thinking and Knowledge.
Learning a new skill or taking part in a new activity is always an adventure. The experience can open doors you never knew existed. I encourage you to seek out new learning opportunities and share the wealth of knowledge with others.
Here are a few options:
volunteer at your local library or food bank
online eLearning courses
Exercise that mind. Get out and explore. Your brain will thank you.
And that is my note.
Thank you for your ears.
Healthline Media UK Ltd. (2004 – 2018). What are the health benefits of being social?
Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321019.php
LearningRx, Inc. (2003 – 2018). What Are Cognitive Skills, Anyway?
Retrieved from https://www.learningrx.com/brain-training-101/what-are-cognitive-skills/
Shutterstock, Inc. (2003 – 2018). Human head with gears and cogs in motion. Concept of thinking. Retrieved from https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-554851-human-head-gears-cogs-motion-concept-thinking