Take 3 Steps to Stay Mentally Sharp
By Sandy Schroeder
Mental alertness has become a key focus in our culture. In the same way we use exercise to keep our heart, lungs and muscles in shape, most of us try to keep the brain sharp, too.
HarvardHealth suggests focusing on three ways to keep the brain active and healthy.
Stay Involved and Active
We all tend to settle into grooves and retirement can be the biggest groove of all. Wherever you are in the age spectrum and whatever your job, making an effort to reach out and learn more can keep your brain in the game. I have retired relatives who have gone back to school to take evening classes in history just because they loved the subject. Making it a habit to learn more can lead to all sorts of hobbies, classes and contacts with new people. Take advantage of all of them to stay mentally and physically active.
Reach Out Wherever You Are
Make the effort to maintain connections with friends, family and coworkers. That network of connections can make the difference to keep you involved and active in the world. Schools, jobs and community efforts all provide opportunities to make new friends and broaden your world. As jobs change and challenges come up, those contacts can be invaluable. Lend a hand when you can and ask for help if you need it. That’s the magic of a people network. Often there is a trusted friend or close relative who may have just the answers that you need. As you move from one job to another, stay in touch with former coworkers. Down the road they may be just the connections you need in some new endeavor. I have all sorts of connections from an assortment of jobs, each enjoyable and unique in their own way. You may find the same thing happening with your connections.
If you have friends who are curious about everything you know how that works. They always have more questions, and have the widest circle of friends because they are always reaching out for more information. Wherever they are, they want to know what is going on, what makes things work, and what’s coming next. That quality of curiosity also serves to keep their brain working well. Often they are the most informed and the ones with the best questions wherever they go.
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