They say “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”* It’s true. There’s so much the mind halan accomplish, since that’s where all great ideas are formed. But our actions can cause our minds to waste away over time. Here are 5 of the worst things you can do with your mind:
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
But then again, all play and no work makes Jack downright lazy! Work presents the brain with challenges, social problems and time management. Even if we’re not employed, we can still partake in productive, structured activities that give us a reason to get out of bed in the mornings.
Exercising is also a form of work that does wonders for our brains. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, “Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.” Lounging around all day does nothing for our minds.
Give Up On Games
Whether on electronic devices or physical contact, playing mind stimulating games are always encouraged. Games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, dominoes, and card games, improves reasoning and memory skills. As a result, don’t consider indulging in a game or two a waste of time. Your brain will thank you for it.
Never be too busy to relax. Sometimes the to-do list gets so overbearing, taking a break seems almost sinful. But fatigue will only make matters worse. We might end up having to do a task twice, being too tired to do it right the first time. Rest is vital to maintain cognitive strength.
Have No Schedule
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road can take you there.”
Each day unfolds and floats by on the wind when there’s no schedule to follow. Having no aim or destination means we have nothing to work toward. Being driven keeps us busy enough to maintain optimum brain function. Plus, routines bring a satisfying sense of accomplishment. Plan out your days and get busy.
Avoid Memory Activities
Failure to exercise encourages obesity. Likewise, failure to participate in memory enhancing activities encourages a dull mind. Activities that challenge our memory add speed and intensity and force us out of our mental comfort zone. Websites such as brainmatrix.com, brainskills.com, and lumosity.com provide such activities.
It’s important to note, maintaining balance is key. We have to challenge our minds, but not overdo it. “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”
How else have we harmed our minds?
*Authors for the quotes used are unknown.