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How Learning New Things Can Protect the Mind

By Genevieve Cunningham

It doesn't matter how old you are, you should never stop learning. It's definitely true that learning should not stop when you leave school. It's a lifelong endeavor. But why is it so important? It's great to learn new things, but why is it necessary? To really understand why you should keep the books and your mind open, take a look at how learning new things can protect your mind for a lifetime. 

It Keeps You Feeling Young

Feeling young is about a lot more than midlife crises and new clothes and sports cars. Feeling young is what keeps you moving in life. It's what wards off the inactivity that comes with old age. It makes you feel more motivated. Feeling young is, in fact, one of the secrets to staying young. And learning new things is definitely a way to keep feeling young. Learn an instrument, a new language, or a new exercise. It's literally never too late! And in learning these new things, you'll feel younger in body, mind, and spirit, which keeps you moving for years. 

It Challenges You

Your mind needs to be constantly challenged in order to grow. Chances are good that you don't actually challenge your mind regularly. You probably have your job down pat and you likely zone out after work. Challenging the mind allows for sharper awareness and memory. If you're not being challenged regularly, learning something new is a great way to do it.

It Lowers Stress

Were all bombarded with stress, whether that be from work, health issues, family struggles, or something else. It's really important to lower this stress regularly in order to protect our health. When you learn something new, you focus solely on this new endeavor, which then leaves zero room for stress. If you need this little stress reliever in your life, schedule your new activity for just after work, and you may lower stress and improve life for the rest of the night.

It's not too late. Now is always the right time to try something new. Don't worry about what others are thinking of you. Don't worry about whether you'll be good at it. Just do it! By constantly learning new things, you can protect your mind and improve your life like never before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Escondido, Calif.

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