To begin this week’s Why Not post, I’d like to challenge you to switch the hand you use to direct the mouse on your computer. While it is true that until your early teens it is easiest to learn new skills in writing, math, language, music and body coordination for sports and dance, it is still possible to continually learn new skills regardless of your age, it just might take a bit more determination.
By simply changing the hand that directs the mouse, you are stimulating your brain, thereby, improving its function – similar to that of physical exercise. No matter how old you are, your brain, unlike your body, can grow – new neurons that is. Isn’t that exciting? It really is a perfect example of mind or matter. If you continually are challenging your brain, you are continually improving your state of life. While “severe mental decline is usually caused by disease, most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. In other words, use it or lose it.”
So here are some ways to continue to introduce enjoyable activities into your life that also challenge your mind and enable you to live even more fully and healthy.
First of all, the confidence you will feel after successfully mastering a recipe, and placing a delicious meal on the table or coffee table for a snack is reason enough to try a new recipe, but cognitively your brain is engaged, thereby, exercising your noggin. Two for one. Conjure up some joie de vivre and a bit of Julia Child gumption and get to cooking!
Click here to read part two in the Why Not . . . Challenge Yourself? series.