6 ways to keep your brain young and healthy From Home

As I talk with friends and family over the past few weeks, since the pandemic began, I hear people expressing their frustration at being “stuck at home”, saying they’re going “stir crazy” and other similar phrases. This is understandable, since we are used to coming and going as we please. For me, I actually find myself veering away from social media and searching for ways to stimulate my brain. Being stuck at home seems to have created a craving for brain stimulation. After all, the brain needs exercise, just like the rest of the body. Here is a list of 6 ways to stimulate your brain and keep it young, from Kwik Learning. With each recommendation, I’ve included ways you can do each activity from home, for free when possible.

6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN YOUNG AND HEALTHY

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  1. Try new things. This may prove difficult from home, but let me make a few suggestions.
  • Learn a new language– This article from Livewire.com has a list of 14 free language learning software sites.
  • Learn to cook– This article, from The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, includes a list of online cooking classes. While some in the list do cost money, there are several that are free including: Skillshare, Chef2chef, and The New York Times.
  • Visit a museum – Many museums are offering free virtual tours. This article from mentalfloss.com includes a list of 12 museums around the world you can visit from home, including The Louvre, The Guggenheim, and The Met in New York.
  • Read classic literatureProject Gutenberg is a non-profit online data base of free online e-books. Founded Michael Hart in 1971, it was the first organization to offer free online e-books. It has a huge database of literature. You are sure to find something of interest.
Woman, Person, Cyclist, Bicycle, Movement, Exertion

2. Exercise – Just as exercise is good for the heart and the rest of the body, it’s very good for the brain as well. Exercise is proven to decrease stress and depression which also slow brain function. Exercise also boosts mental ability, and focus, minimizing risk of damaged cells, which leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Here are some ways to exercise from home for free:

  • Walk (and earn money for charity) – Walking is one of the healthiest exercises, it’s free AND it gets you out of the house. While you’re walking you can earn money for charity with the Charity Miles app. Once you download the app and choose a charity, all you have to do is move. The app lets you do anything from walking and running to dancing and biking. For each mile you move, Charity Miles donates money to your chosen charity. The amount per mile depends on the activity chosen.
  • Take a free exercise class – If you prefer more organized exercise or you miss your gym, try a free online class. Here are a few places offering free classes: Planet Fitness, Blink Fitness, Orange Theory, and Gold’s Gym.
Laptop, Coffee, Arm, Desktop, Notebook, Writing

3. Volunteer – Yes you can volunteer from home. Cool right! My search yielded many results. Here are a few opportunities:

  • Covia – This non-profit serves older adults. They are looking for people to help isolated elderly individuals through 1 on 1 friend matching, send cards/letters to 10 elderly adults, or simply donate money. Here is a short video…
  • 7 CupsThis organization provides free emotional support via caring listeners. They are in need of volunteers who could fill this roll.
  • Crisis Text Line – This non-profit is a 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the USA. They are in need of volunteer crisis counselors. If you are interested, follow this link.
  • American Red Cross – Digital advocates are needed through The American Red Cross. Follow THIS LINK for more details.
  • Be My Eyes – When you install the app on your phone, you will be “on-call” to help the visually impaired with everyday tasks, such as reading instructions, checking dates or other small jobs.
Handshake, Hands, Laptop, Monitor, Online, Digital

4. Be Social – Now, this one may be a bit more difficult, but in this technological age, there are things you can do. Here are a few suggestions on being social from the comfort and safety of home:

  • Movie night Netflix has a new service called “Netflix party”. It’s a free download which synchronizes movie playback with a chat feature.
  • Book club – Facebook has many book club groups. I just joined a Nourished Reader book club and am awaiting reading the first book There are many other such groups on Facebook. Bustle.com has 10 tips for setting up your own book club.
  • Virtual Happy Hour – If you miss meeting your friends for a nite on the town, host a virtual happy hour. Mydomaine.com has an article on this topic called “The Entertainer’s Guide to Hosting a Virtual Happy Hour”.
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5. Get good sleep. – Working from home may lead us to slack off on our nighttime routine. However, it’s more important than ever to stick to a routine when it comes to bedtime. A good night’s sleep keeps the brain cell connections strong, helps us retain information and calms us. Poor habits lead to depression, bad memory and psychiatric problems. I’ve written a few articles on insomnia. Follow THIS LINK for more information.

Yoga, Calm, Release, Stretching, Golden Hour, Nature

6. Beat anger. This one is difficult under the best of circumstances. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are not helping in this department. We need to do our best to alleviate stress and anger in our lives, especially now.

Stress and anger release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These are processed in the brain before the rest of the body. I’ve written several articles on stress. follow THIS LINK for more details. Stress and anger increase heart rate, raise blood pressure, change brain structure, increase risk of mental illness and kill brain cells.

Under current circumstances, it’s difficult to avoid stress and anger, but you can manage it. Here are links to some articles to help alleviate stress

Closing thoughts…

Brain quote by Daniel Amen | Weight Loss/ Nutrition ...

You may be thinking now isn’t the time to be worrying about all of this. I beg to differ. It’s during times of stress that it’s imperative to take care of your brain. Anyway, taking the 6 steps listed above will help make your time in self-isolation that much easier…and you can bring joy to others at the same time.

 Until next time…Namaste my friends

6 ways to keep your brain young and healthy From Home

As I talk with friends and family over the past few weeks, since the pandemic began, I hear people expressing their frustration at being “stuck at home”, saying they’re going “stir crazy” and other similar phrases. This is understandable, since we are used to coming and going as we please. For me, I actually find myself veering away from social media and searching for ways to stimulate my brain. Being stuck at home seems to have created a craving for brain stimulation. After all, the brain needs exercise, just like the rest of the body. Being stuck at home day after day can become boring, draining and mundane. Here is a list of 6 ways to stimulate your brain and keep it young, from Kwik Learning. With each recommendation, I’ve included ways you can do each activity from home, for free when possible.

6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN YOUNG AND HEALTHY

Woman, Kitchen, Man, Everyday Life, Blond
  1. Try new things. This may prove difficult from home, but let me make a few suggestions.
  • Learn a new language– This article from Livewire.com has a list of 14 free language learning software sites.
  • Learn to cook– This article, from The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, includes a list of online cooking classes. While some in the list do cost money, there are several that are free including: Skillshare, Chef2chef, and The New York Times.
  • Visit a museum – Many museums are offering free virtual tours. This article from mentalfloss.com includes a list of 12 museums around the world you can visit from home, including The Louvre, The Guggenheim, and The Met in New York.
  • Read classic literatureProject Gutenberg is a non-profit online data base of free online e-books. Founded Michael Hart in 1971, it was the first organization to offer free online e-books. It has a huge database of literature. You are sure to find something of interest.
Woman, Person, Cyclist, Bicycle, Movement, Exertion

2. Exercise – Just as exercise is good for the heart and the rest of the body, it’s very good for the brain as well. Exercise is proven to decrease stress and depression which also slow brain function. Exercise also boosts mental ability, and focus, minimizing risk of damaged cells, which leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Here are some ways to exercise from home for free:

  • Walk (and earn money for charity) – Walking is one of the healthiest exercises, it’s free AND it gets you out of the house. While you’re walking you can earn money for charity with the Charity Miles app. Once you download the app and choose a charity, all you have to do is move. The app lets you do anything from walking and running to dancing and biking. For each mile you move, Charity Miles donates money to your chosen charity. The amount per mile depends on the activity chosen.
  • Take a free exercise class – If you prefer more organized exercise or you miss your gym, try a free online class. Here are a few places offering free classes: Planet Fitness, Blink Fitness, Orange Theory, and Gold’s Gym.
Laptop, Coffee, Arm, Desktop, Notebook, Writing

3. Volunteer – Yes you can volunteer from home. Cool right! My search yielded many results. Here are a few opportunities:

  • Covia – This non-profit serves older adults. They are looking for people to help isolated elderly individuals through 1 on 1 friend matching, send cards/letters to 10 elderly adults, or simply donate money. Here is a short video…
  • 7 CupsThis organization provides free emotional support via caring listeners. They are in need of volunteers who could fill this roll.
  • Crisis Text Line – This non-profit is a 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the USA. They are in need of volunteer crisis counselors. If you are interested, follow this link.
  • American Red Cross – Digital advocates are needed through The American Red Cross. Follow THIS LINK for more details.
  • Be My Eyes – When you install the app on your phone, you will be “on-call” to help the visually impaired with everyday tasks, such as reading instructions, checking dates or other small jobs.
Handshake, Hands, Laptop, Monitor, Online, Digital

4. Be Social – Now, this one may be a bit more difficult, but in this technological age, there are things you can do. Here are a few suggestions on being social from the comfort and safety of home:

  • Movie night Netflix has a new service called “Netflix party”. It’s a free download which synchronizes movie playback with a chat feature.
  • Book club – Facebook has many book club groups. I just joined a Nourished Reader book club and am awaiting reading the first book There are many other such groups on Facebook. Bustle.com has 10 tips for setting up your own book club.
  • Virtual Happy Hour – If you miss meeting your friends for a nite on the town, host a virtual happy hour. Mydomaine.com has an article on this topic called “The Entertainer’s Guide to Hosting a Virtual Happy Hour”.
Woman, Asleep, Girl, Sleep, Dreams, Face, Young Woman

5. Get good sleep. – Working from home may lead us to slack off on our nighttime routine. However, it’s more important than ever to stick to a routine when it comes to bedtime. A good night’s sleep keeps the brain cell connections strong, helps us retain information and calms us. Poor habits lead to depression, bad memory and psychiatric problems. I’ve written a few articles on insomnia. Follow THIS LINK for more information.

Yoga, Calm, Release, Stretching, Golden Hour, Nature

6. Beat anger. This one is difficult under the best of circumstances. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are not helping in this department. We need to do our best to alleviate stress and anger in our lives, especially now.

Stress and anger release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These are processed in the brain before the rest of the body. I’ve written several articles on stress. follow THIS LINK for more details. Stress and anger increase heart rate, raise blood pressure, change brain structure, increase risk of mental illness and kill brain cells.

Under current circumstances, it’s difficult to avoid stress and anger, but you can manage it. Here are links to some articles to help alleviate stress

Closing thoughts…

Brain quote by Daniel Amen | Weight Loss/ Nutrition ...

You may be thinking now isn’t the time to be worrying about all of this. I beg to differ. It’s during times of stress that it’s imperative to take care of your brain. Anyway, taking the 6 steps listed above will help make your time in self-isolation that much easier…and you can bring joy to others at the same time.

 Until next time…Namaste my friends

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: Your Brain on Music

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Over the past few of weeks, we’ve been discussing the 6 dimensions of wellness.

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Last week, we discussed environmental wellness. All of this week’s videos will focus on how to improve your intellectual wellness.

What is Intellectual wellness?

Maintain your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

TODAY’S VIDEO… Music isn’ t just fun or relaxing or inspiring. Did you know music actually helps our brain? Check this out!

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: How to read one book a week

(Scroll to the bottom for today’s video)

Over the past few of weeks, we’ve been discussing the 6 dimensions of wellness.

6 dimensions of holistic wellness.png

Last week, we discussed environmental wellness. All of this week’s videos will focus on how to improve your intellectual wellness.

What is Intellectual wellness?

Maintain your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

TODAY’S VIDEO… READING!

How many books do you read in on average?

The average person reads 2 – 3 books PER YEAR.

Did you know, the average CEO reads 4-6 books A MONTH!!

How can this be possible?

Jim Kwik gives us a great tip on how to we can read 1 book a week! 😍  I LOVE THIS!! 😍

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: You were born with the ability to be creative…what are you waiting for?

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Over the past few of weeks, we’ve been discussing the 6 dimensions of wellness.

6 dimensions of holistic wellness.png

Last week, we discussed environmental wellness. All of this week’s videos will focus on how to improve your intellectual wellness.

What is Intellectual wellness?

Maintain your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

TODAY’S VIDEO…

A motivational video to help spark your creativity!

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: Seeing it Both Ways- Open Minded People Live in a Completely Different Reality

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Over the past few of weeks, we’ve been discussing the 6 dimensions of wellness.

6 dimensions of holistic wellness.png

Last week, we discussed environmental wellness. All of this week’s videos will focus on how to improve your intellectual wellness.

What is Intellectual wellness?

Maintain your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

TODAY’S VIDEO…

We learn of a study called

“Seeing it both ways”

which studied open-mindedness and how it affects our reality and our brain.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: The first rule of success – Keep on learning

6 dimensions of holistic wellness.

Are you passionate about learning? Do love to read, be creative, listen to music? These are all aspects of intellectual wellness. We don’t stop learning when we graduate from high school or college. At the core of intellectual wellness is becoming a student of life, becoming a lifelong learning, the topic of today’s article. First, what is intellectual wellness?

What is

Intellectual Wellness?

Intellectual Wellness involves…maintaining your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

What is something most successful people have in common?

They…KEEP ON LEARNING!

This video highlights clips of successful individuals, such as Bill Gates, Vin Diesel and Tiger Woods as they discuss the importance of learning on the road to success.

Here are a few examples of some of the wise words from this video:

  • Bill Gates –  When asked about dropping out of Harvard said: He actually still takes college courses and loves being a student. He says it was unfortunate that he didn’t stay there, but he didn’t miss any knowledge. He learned anything he needed to learn because he is always in a learning mode.
  • Vin Diesel, when asked what he would tell his younger self, said: Play it cool and learn as much as you can, because everything you learn you’re going to need. You won’t have enough time to learn. Everything is an education
  • Tiger Woods – Learn something from ever single round you play, every one.
  • Pitbull – There is no losing, only learning. Failure is the mother of all success.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

You’re never too old to learn, never. Part of whole body wellness means having a fit mind. Keeping your mind sharp means continually challenging it through reading, learning, creativity, hobbies, music, and art, to name but a few.

In this digital age of social media, people often get lost in reading about other people’s stories and adventures, instead of living their own. However, we live in the information age. Now, more than at any other time in human history, knowledge and learning are literally at your fingertips. What are you waiting for?

Until next time…namaste my friends.

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Intellectual Wellness: Why We Should Never Stop Learning by Jay Shetty

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Over the past few of weeks, we’ve been discussing the 6 dimensions of wellness.

6 dimensions of holistic wellness.png

Last week, we discussed environmental wellness. All of this week’s videos will focus on how to improve your intellectual wellness.

What is Intellectual wellness?

Maintaining your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;

(EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)

TODAY’S VIDEO…

Why We Should Never Stop Learning.

Become a student of life!

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara