Ground Work for An Active Mind pt.3
Wed Dec. 20th 2023
A sharp mind is a valuable asset. Having the ability to think clearly, solve problems, and adapt to all that life throws at you plays a pivotal role in our overall well-being. When your child is unwell or hospitalized for any amount of time, it can be an emotionally challenging and draining experience. Your primary focus is on their well-being, and understandably, your mental and emotional resources are often directed toward their care and recovery. However, it is equally important to take care of yourself. One part of this is by staying mentally active. While genetics and lifestyle choices play a significant role in maintaining mental sharpness, there are several strategies and activities you can incorporate into your life to keep your mind active and engaged.
Get Outdoors: If possible, try and get outdoors to enjoy some fresh air. A brief walk or taking a seat in a park can do wonders for your brain and your ability to think clearly. A short walk increases blood flow to the brain, which can improve cognitive function and memory. You’ll also see, hear, and smell hundreds of things along the way; trees, people, birds, flowers, buildings - subconsciously this is great for brain function, to engage your senses and keep your mind active.
Challenge Your Routine: Break out of your comfort zone by doing things differently. If you’ve grown used to a same-thing-every-day type of life, try shaking it up a little. As scary or counterintuitive as it might seem, throwing an intentional spanner into your routine can yield some fascinating results. Routines have their place and are great tools in serving a very busy household, but try just one area where you could do something differently. When you stray from the predictable there are key mental benefits such as razor-sharp focus and better retention.
Staying mentally active in daily life or when your child is in the hospital is not only essential for your well-being but also the benefit of your child. A positive, mentally active parent is better equipped to provide the love and support that a child needs, especially during a hospital stay. By adopting one or more of these strategies, you can maintain an active mind, and cope with challenging circumstances. Ultimately helping your child, if they are unwell, on their path to recovery. Remember that small changes or new ideas take time and mental fitness is a lifelong journey. Small changes can yield significant improvements over time and every effort to keep your brain active and functioning well will serve you well for the remainder of your life.
A sharp, alert, and agile mind is a powerful asset!