Ten Tips To Stay Sharp at Any Age

Stay sharp by exercising the muscle that is your brain!

Aging does not necessitate mental decline. Research supports that people who continue to prioritize intellectual stimulation increase their chances of avoiding degenerative diseases like dementia.

Here are some tips for keeping your mind sharp at any age!

  • When you’re tempted to reach for the calculator -try doing the math in your head
  • Stay mentally stimulated through a good book or through book club debates
  • Stretch your mind through games and word puzzles
  • Stay socially active – find ways to be plugged into your community
  • Learn something new by trying something you’ve never done before
  • Engage in a program, course or class
  • Plan engaging outings with friends to galleries or theaters etc.
  • Find a place you can put your gifts to work by volunteering
  • Build regular exercise into your routine
  • Plan and cook healthy meals and eat at regular intervals during the day

Leave a comment with YOUR favourite activities for keeping sharp!

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Avoiding excessive exposure to negative news

Does the “news” seem synonymous with “bad news” these days?

Lots of medical professionals are looking into the effects of being bombarded by the news.

Psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsy talks about how to avoid media overload by being careful about the amount of negative and/or bad news we’re exposed to.

Some of the side effects you are already familiar with, like feeling discouraged. And if you have struggled with mental health challenges, you might understand how it can contribute to feeling even lower!

There are some things you can do to help cope when things get a little too heavy, thanks to Dr. Jowsy:

– Turn it off – find a cool podcast that shifts your perspective
– Do something positive to help the world, like volunteer
– Go outside and experience nature
– Exercise – relieve some of your stress
– Find and talk about good news – spread the love!

Give a little, get a lot.

Give a little, get a lot.

In times that I’ve felt low or disempowered, I’ve often gotten stuck in negative thought spirals…

Yes, even coaches get down in the dumps! ?

Strangely, when we get into those mental ruts, we can isolate ourselves because we’re embarrassed or we just assume others won’t understand.

BUT there is a VERY simple (and active) way to reduce it!

Hello volunteering. Did you know studies have shown that volunteering can help people feel more connected to others and their community? And it can reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression?

Nevermind reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, making friendships, and experiencing a sense of purpose. What’s not to love? ?

Where could you volunteer in your community? What interests you? Or if you do already, what do you notice about your well-being because of volunteering?