What Did You Learn Today, Mommy?
Learning daily keeps your brain young
Your brain doesn’t stop changing
Neuroplasticity means that your brain is not a static organ, but can keep growing and changing throughout your life. According to Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, until a few years ago it was thought that all of your brain cells were formed around the age of three. Yet we now know that brain fitness and elasticity can be measured physically at the cellular level by neurogenesis – the creation of new brain cells – and the increased connections between new and existing cells.
What this means is that you have as much potential as your children to learn new things. And the reverse is also true: not challenging your brain can increase the speed at which your brain ages, increasing the chances of early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Brain stimulation is important for everyone
This is just as important for young adults as well. In an article in Psychology Today titled Build a Better Brain, they reference the Nun Study, a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, funded by the National Institute on Aging. The nuns agreed to be studied while they were alive, then donate their brains upon death. Even though some of the nun’s brains showed the signs of Alzheimer’s, in life they were not symptomatic. This was attributed to their high levels of mental activity in early adulthood.
It’s your brain. Use it or lose it.
Here are some effective learning activities you can engage in:
- Play Chess
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Do a Sudoku puzzle
- Learn Ballroom Dancing
- Learn a new language
- Practice Yoga
- Engage in a structured computer-based brain workout
- Watch a TED talk on the Internet
Focus on learning something new every day that you are passionate about and that challenges you.
- Spend at least 15 minutes every day on learning one new thing.
- Gain knowledge
- Use your brain
- Stay young
- Prepare for a new career
- Prepare for travel to a foreign country
- Be a good example for your children
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