Seven Ways to Help Keep your Mind from Aging
Copyright 2015 Sophia Roets
SEVEN WAYS TO HELP KEEP YOUR MIND FROM AGING.
We all would like to stay forever young, though we know it is not possible. Sometime or another old age starts creeping up on us. We cannot stop the years from passing, but there is a lot we can do not to succumb to the effects of years piling up. Being sixty or seventy or even eighty does not mean we have to sit on the porch, blankey over the knees waiting for the sun to go down so that we can fall asleep in front of the TV. Here I discuss seven ways that might help us stay mentally sharp and alert, and have fun at the same time.
1. Eating habits:
We all know the importance of a balanced diet. Protein, calcium and other minerals; vitamins; healthy fats, (olive oil is one of the best for cold dishes, butter a close second for warm dishes) and unprocessed grains. It is also important to check how we eat. Five small meals a day is better than two heavy ones. By small meals I don’t only mean small portions. It can be a light bite like a fruit and a cracker with the eleven ó clock tea and a light salad with the afternoon coffee. Oh, yes, and don’t underestimate the value of coffee, tea and dark chocolate or coco.
Limit processed food wherever possible and watch out for flavored food. If the label says “chocolate flavor,” “fruit flavor,” or any other, it might be artificially flavored junk with no nutritional value.
Do something physical every day. Walking, gardening, dancing. Just make sure you are having fun at the same time. It is much easier to exercise regularly if you enjoy what you are doing. If you have to force yourself, you won’t keep it up and lose interest, falling back on the couch potato routine.
If you need something from the shop and it is closer than two miles, walk instead of driving. You save fuel and avoid getting hi-jacked. Of course walking might produce an opportunity to get mugged, so be careful, walk fast and don’t walk with a bag full of cash. Sorry, folk, but I live in South-Africa and hi-jacking and muggings have been part, almost, of daily life for the past twenty years.
3. Fresh air and sunshine:
Spend as much time as possible outdoors. Exercising outside, like playing ball in a park, gardening and walking provide the added benefit of getting fresh air and the necessary, vitamin producing sunshine on our skins.
There are various writing exercises that have great value in keeping the mind from wandering and help to focus on a set task.
a. Writing a diary: Take a few minutes a day to jot down a short summary of all the happenings of the day. Then once a month, go back and read it to refresh your memory.
b. More writing: Write your name in print, the normal way. Take your pencil in your left hand if you are right handed or right hand if you are left handed. Write your name in print the normal way.
Now try writing your name from right to left, using first one hand, then the other.
Repeat the same process writing numbers 1 – 9.
c. Next, take a pencil in each hand and write your name, with both hands simultaneously.
Repeat with numbers 1 – 9.
d. Write your name with both hands from right to left.
Repeat with numbers.
e. Using both hands at the same time, write your name in mirror style, i.e. right hand from left to right, left hand from right to left.
Repeat changing with the right hand writing from right to left and the left hand from left to right.
Repeat with numbers.
f. Repeat the whole process writing backward, starting your name with the last letter, ending with the first.
Repeat with numbers.
g. Finally, repeat all the steps using longhand.
In summer, try as many of the above steps as you want, using your toes.
There are various different kinds of word games and number games that challenge the mind, like crossword puzzles, Seduko and many more. Get some friends together for an evening of board games, quiz games Jenga, and building puzzles while you build relationships at the same time and have lots of fun.
Not everyone enjoys reading, but even if you don’t, make time for just one page of the local newspaper every day. Those who do like to read, make time to read non-fiction like biographies or anything that may catch your attention.
Not challenging enough? Make a point to read one paragraph each day with the book upside-down.
If you love poetry, start memorizing your favorite poems, one verse at a time.
Bible verses are of great value to memorize. Isiah 53 verse 5, John 1 verse 1 and 12, Romans 8 verse 1 and many more, are among my personal favorites.
These exercises will refresh your mind and are helpful to develop new skills, balancing your stressful life style with relaxation. Try them and have fun.
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No one wants to get older, but we all do. Here we discuss ways to help us keep the effects of aging at bay. General healthy living keeps the body young for longer. while it is true that a healthy body houses a healthy mind, there are many different ways to keep the mind healthy, alert and focused. That is what this piece is about. exercises to keep our minds going and having fun at the same time.