Keeping your mind active and learning new skills and information can help improve your cognitive function. Active minds perform better during the aging process. Keeping your mind active is easier than you think. There are small, easy activities you can do each day to keep your cognitive function strong.
A growth mindset is imperative when achieving good cognitive function. When using a growth mindset remember to keep an open mind and be persistent and continue to learn, practice, and challenge yourself.
The neural plasticity of the brain is a large factor in the brain’s response to learning, having new experiences, and cognition after an injury. Neural plasticity improves with “brainy” activities, such as reading, word puzzles, and taking courses (just like this one!) These activities also help cognitive function as you age. “Brainy” activities may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive impairments.
It has also been shown that activities that require manual dexterity and mental effort have helped to improve cognitive function. Activities that require manual dexterity are painting and drawing.
It is important to get out of your comfort zone. Trying new skills can improve your ability to think.
Try a new hobby
Sign up for a project that may involve skills you do not typically use
Start an arts and crafts project
List 5 new activities or skills you want to try. Think of 2 easy everyday activities and 3 activities that are out of your comfort zone.
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