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3 Exciting Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp

By Genevieve Cunningham

Our minds are powerful tools. Unfortunately, we usually take our minds for granted. Why? Because for the most part, they just work. We don't have to spend ample amounts of time and energy making our minds think -- they just do. We learn what we need to know as we go through life, and that seems to be enough. But what happens when it's not enough anymore? What happens when our cognitive skills begin to decline? If you want to keep your mind sharp, take a look at what you should start doing right now to actively strengthen the mind and protect it from the wear and tear of life and aging. 

Learn a New Skill

The great thing about learning a new skill, besides the fact that it keeps your mind sharp, is that it can be incredibly useful in your life. You can learn any skill that you like -- whether it's something for your job or something for fun. This requires us to really focus. It forces us to step outside of our comfort zone and push our minds to think differently and problem solve regularly. If you're serious about keeping your mind healthy, you should never stop learning. Find a skill, learn it, master it, and repeat.

Study a Language

Learning a new language is one of the very best ways to keep your mind young and sharp. It's thought that new language development can even help ward off dementia. And when we opt to learn a new language, we also open ourselves up to a whole new world of people, culture, and life as a whole. Is there anything that you've always wanted to learn? Spanish or Italian or French? You can find a local teacher, a teacher online, or go through an app or website that walks you through. In our modern and convenient world, there's no excuse! Pick a language, start learning, and keep your mind moving forward. 

Read

Before television, reading was entertainment. It was a way to escape everyday life. It was something to do. And of course, it was a way to learn. While we still read to learn, we probably don't read for entertainment as much as we once did. But what if we incorporated more reading into our lives? What if we visited the library, read for fun, read to wind down, read for information? What if we made it a regular habit? Reading -- especially a physical book -- can give your eyes a break from the screen, keep the mind active and alive, and push you toward overall better habits in your life.

Are you taking action when it comes to the health of your mind? Are you challenging it and protecting all at the same time? The time to focus on this aspect of your health is right now. Your mind is so important! Use these tips to keep your mind sharp and healthy so that you can enjoy better mental health and a happy life starting now and moving forward.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Johns Creek, Ga.

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