First published by Bett Harris on September 17, 2019 on Medium
Start now for a healthier brain tomorrow
One — try something new and different
Try learning to use chopsticks, or train your brain to use your mouse with your non-dominant hand. You could try something more challenging like learning a dance routine, a new language, or to play an instrument.
Learning creates new pathways in the brain. Repetition trods down the pathways making them easier to access. Eventually, these pathways become permanent.
This translates to brain growth and a healthier more resilient brain.
Two — take a walk
Walking is a great way to reconnect brain pathways. When we walk we swing our arms opposite to our legs. Our right arm will naturally swing forward when our left leg is back and vice versa. This action, repeated over and over, helps to integrate and synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain.
This helps to keep all the lines of communication open and enhances whole-brain thinking.
Three — memorize something
I memorize Scripture verses but anything substantial like a speech or poem will work, or words to a song. I suggest something with between 50 and 100 words to start, however, if this is too daunting you can start smaller. Choose something uplifting to memorize like statements on gratitude, charity, forgiveness, and love.
Memorization helps train our brain to remember things.
Grow, challenge, train, and reconnect your brain with these 3 simple activities every day for all-around better health.