October 13th is National Train Your Brain Day!
Did you know that being in a rut is actually bad for your brain? Your brain needs new stimuli to increase its potential capacity and stay sharp.
The brain is, of course, part of our body, and all the things we do to take care of our body — such as exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep, limiting alcohol and not smoking — helps our brains stay healthy. Harvard Medical School also cites other things we can do help our brain stay alert and prevent cognitive decline:
- Pick one new activity: Devote your time and attention to one additional activity, so you won’t be distracted by others.
- Sign up for a class. This is an easy way to learn the basics of any new activity, whether it’s scuba diving or pottery.
- Schedule practice. Don’t worry about the amount of time you are practice, but ensure it’s consistent.
Keep in mind that anything new is good for your brain, so there are many options. You can try a new route to work, explore a different workout routine, or begin a new puzzle.