When you go to bed after a long day, your body begins to relax. But your mind doesn’t always follow, right?
Unsurprisingly, trying or stressful times are the ultimate test for mental fitness. Truth is, physical fitness gets plenty of attention, and for good reason. But mental fitness is just as important. Why? Mental fitness is about strengthening the mental pathways that lead to the most realistic and objective thoughts. It’s your ability to cope with and meet the psychological demands of life in order to be happier and more productive. Our mental health and wellness are more critical now than ever before.
Science has proven that humans have an enormous capacity to constantly rewire their brains throughout their lives. Think about it, your mind is a muscle – so let’s flex it! Remember though, you didn’t get strong arms by doing bicep curls once. Mental strength works on the same principle; it requires time, practice, and consistency. So, go ahead, schedule a mental fitness break into your calendar right next to your workout schedule.
First of all, tune out the noise. We’re in the digital age of distraction. There’s no shortage of notifications, messages, social media and streaming platforms competing for our attention. Allow yourself a set time during the day to switch off completely.
It’s not surprising that people who are in good shape tend to have a higher level of mental agility. Fact is, the more you help your body, the more you help your mind. Exercise - as little as 30 minutes per day - will also increase the amount of “feel-good” chemicals in your brain. Also, eat more healthy fats. Focus on fish oils from salmon, nuts such as walnuts, flaxseeds, and olive oil.
Another strategy is to stop multitasking. Focusing on one task at a time will improve concentration and help you to be more productive. Set limits, it’s okay to say “no” sometimes; there should be boundaries within your personal and professional life. Try to let go of what you can’t control and allow your best efforts to be enough.
Be kind to yourself. Make a date with yourself to do something fun that’s just for you. Remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect. Positive affirmation is one avenue to increased mental proficiency; it strengthens neural pathways to bring self-confidence and well-being to a higher level.
Tease and challenge your brain. Play games! Sudoku, crossword puzzles and electronic games all improve brain speed and memory. So fun! Another tried and tested approach is to read more. This will stoke your imagination and ignite so many parts of the brain.
And, off course, meditation. This is perhaps the single greatest thing you can do for your mind/body health. By creating a different mental state, you engage your brain in new ways while increasing brain fitness.
Brain fitness has basic principles: variety and curiosity. So, take the time to spend a few minutes each day visualizing, relaxing, affirming, and doing new things.
By keeping your brain fit you’ll strengthen your armour against life’s challenges. Worth it, don’t you think?
Source: healthline.com, blog.calm.com, blogs.flinders.edu.au, startlingminds.com, verywellmind.com, talkspace.com, redbull.com
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