Most of us are obsessed with youth. We spend a fortune on fancy skincare treatments that claim to reduce wrinkles and take ten years off us. We read articles on how to look and feel younger. It’s not just cosmetic either. We want our bodies to stay healthy and active for longer and many older people often feel at a disadvantage at work, even when they have experience, wisdom and confidence.
But, few of us think about our minds. We don’t worry that if we don’t take care of our brains, we’ll find ourselves living in a nursing home for dementia care. We assume that we’ll start getting forgetful one day, but that it’s a natural part of ageing and there’s nothing that we can do about it. But, we’re wrong. Yes, to some extent a little forgetfulness is a normal part of getting older, but for some of us, the deterioration of our minds is much worse and starts to show itself much earlier than we might expect. There’s also plenty that you can do about it. Here are some fun things that you can do to look after your mind, keeping it young, alert and healthy.
Having Interesting Conversations
Our minds start to stagnate when we don’t use them. When we’re kids, we’re continually learning. Even when we’re not learning something at school, we’re having adventures and living in our enthralling imaginations. Then, we get older, and we fall into the same routine. We work, we talk about work, we do the same things with the same people. Our minds aren’t engaged.
One of the easiest and best ways to force it to work more is to have interesting and exciting conversations. Talk about things that you’ve seen, talk about popular culture and things that you’ve seen on the news.
Argue and Debate
Interesting conversations can naturally lead to arguments and debates, especially when we’re talking about real-world issues and moral problems. Debating makes you think, it uses a different part of your brain, and it gives it a fantastic workout.
Visit New Places
New experiences get you out of your comfort zone. When you visit a new place, you have to plan the journey, take in new sights and everything around you, and think about the history and attractions of the world around you. Seeing as many new places as you can, even if it’s just new restaurants in your local area, is a wonderful way to keep your mind active.
Many of us stop trying new hobbies when we’re kids. Some of us don’t even have hobbies. We’re so busy with work and our family that there just doesn’t seem to be time. But, new hobbies give you a chance to learn, to meet new people and to learn new things. They also give you an opportunity to meet new people and plenty to talk about.