Test Your Mind

You have heard the old saying that age is nothing more than a number. Now you can keep your brain young, too. Studies are showing that you can keep your emotional center (which is what keeps your brain mentally functioning at a young age) active by doing one simple thing: challenging yourself.

We’ve all been in the position where we get a little too comfortable doing the same thing day in and day out. Why change something if it works, right? Wrong! Doing things that are deemed a bit more difficult and working them into your daily routine can actually help you improve your brain function for the rest of your life. Take a look at some of these suggestions to test your emotional midpoint.

Learn a New Language. You will never know just how difficult it is to learn a new language until you actually start to try. Teach yourself just one new word each day as a way of easing into the idea. If it turns out that you have a real knack for Spanish, or your inner Francophile is making your daily French lessons a breeze, ramp it up and see how far you can take it. If nothing else, this is a great way to exercise your brain and cause it to think in brand new ways.

Find an Activity That Pushes Your Limits. Always wanted to run in a triathlon, study martial arts or take pottery classes? Explore a hobby you have always wanted to pursue but have been too afraid to try. If it is something outside your usual realm of activities, you have accomplished your goal. The point is to open your mind to new things and broaden your horizons.

Continue Your Education. Keep your brain functioning at top level by taking some continuing education courses or attending career workshops that will help sharpen your skill set. Staying in step with the latest innovations or newest information in a field you enjoy will not only keep you up-to-date with the industry, but also stretch your brain muscles.

By boldly following some of these tips, or a project along these same lines, you will stimulate your mind and help keep both you and your brain feeling younger and more vital.

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