The mind, the seat of faculty of reason, that organ is responsible for thoughts and rationality. You will agree that it is meant to be kept healthy and active always. A healthy mind equals a richer and more fulfilling life. It is good to keep it healthy. Who would you rather be an 85-year old woman who can hold an intellectual discussion with a group of younger people, articulating her points correctly and passing them across clearly, or a 27-year-old who has no clue as to what is going on around him/her and can’t even hold his/her own during a conversation?  The former, even though she is old, right? I can’t help but admire sharp minds when I meet them, especially older people. That’s how I want to be when I’m advanced in years.

Anyway, in keeping the mind healthy and active, try out some go the following tips. While you might know some or all of them already, you might not necessarily be practicing them at present.

  1. Do a lot of mental exercise

Just as your body needs exercise to grow and be in good shape, your brain needs a mental workout. Try as much as possible to exercise it every day. Doing simple arithmetic and calculations while at the market without a calculator, thinking through problems and challenges, solving one or two crossword, jigsaw or word puzzles-anagrams and the rest everyday, keeping up with current news and events occurring around you, within the country and abroad, playing video games which require strategy thus making you think, etc. will help in exercising your brain mentally. Stretching it won’t kill you, it would only make you think better.

  1. Get plenty physical exercise

This cannot be overemphasized, physical exercise is essential for not only for keeping your body in tiptop shape, but for the mind as well. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen flow to the brain. Hit the gym, take a 30-minute walk every day, swim, stretch, dance, play sports like tennis, basketball or football, do whatever exercise that would make you sweat and keep your heart beating well.

  1. Challenge your brain

This can be done through mental exercise as well as learning and experiencing new things. Open your mind, be curious about things, the plumber is coming to fix the sink, stand there, watch what he does. It might come in handy later. As you have learnt something. Learn a new language, a musical instrument, how to play chess, how to paint or touch up pictures, travel, see new places, take a course, etc. anything you feel we help make you think/challenge your brain.

  1. Eat healthy

You are what you eat. Watch what you eat. Make sure it is a balanced diet with all the categories of food. Eat lots of fish like salmon, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, onions, avocados, etc. Also remember to always take breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day as it gets you going as well as the best for the brain as well. Even as you eat the ileya meat, or eat out with friends, family, that special one, remember to not overindulge. Health is wealth, be it your mind or body.

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