Ladies, Boost Your Mental Fitness With These 6 Tips

May 16, 2017

 

In honor of National Women's Health Week, here are 6 tips for keeping a sharp and active mind."

We always hear how important it is to keep our bodies fit, but what about our minds? Thankfully, “mental fitness” is on the rise with studies proving the need to incorporate mind-boosting activities into our daily lives.

 

However, two-thirds of adults with Alzheimer’s are women, so it’s never been more important for women to invest in their mental health and take the age-old phrase “use it or lose it” more seriously.

 

In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 14-20, 2017), here are some creative and easy ways to keep your mind sharp for years to come.

 

  1. Devote yourself to reading one book per month. Whether it’s with your morning coffee or right before bed, read a few pages of a good book. Play around with genres, switch from fiction to nonfiction, mystery to biography every month. If you find yourself having trouble making time, try joining a book club, in-person or digitally, for accountability.
  2. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts during your commute. This is a great way to get some reading done while on the go. Use your car’s speakers or headphones if you use public transportation, and soak up some knowledge before reaching your destination. Both Apple and Android have dedicated podcast apps full of free series. Visit your public library and find out how you can check out digital audiobooks on your phone or tablet.
  3. If you only have a few minutes to spare, complete crossword and sudoku puzzles during breaks. Depending on your personal level of mastery, these puzzles can be done in a matter of minutes and do wonders for your reasoning and computing skills, as well as your overall response speed. Save the ones near the end of your newspaper or play them on your phone on your own time.
  4. Learn new vocabulary weekly with your friends or kids. Create a challenge with those closest to you to learn a new word every week and discover how many ways you can use it. Use the dictionary to select one that appeals to the learning level of everyone involved and check in throughout the week. Play around with words from different languages like Spanish and French to build up fluency and comprehension.
  5. Opt to watch a documentary on movie nights. Streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu carry loads of titles from renowned historians and channels, all aimed at expanding your understanding of how our world works. There are topics for everyone, ranging from family dynamics to the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. Pick one that best suits your current interests, sit back and allow the film to show you something new.
  6. Make meditation a part of your morning or night routine. Investing at least 15 minutes a day in quiet, reflective meditation can produce wonderful results in the mind, leading to less stress, more focus and heightened self-awareness, necessary for making goal-oriented and day-to-day decisions. Adults are recommended to practice this discipline at least once daily.

Despite busy schedules and the pressures of wearing many hats, women can use these tips to squeeze some “brain exercise” into their daily routine and reap the benefits of a stronger mind capable of just about anything.