January is National Hobby Month. What better way to start enhancing your brain health and starting a new hobby other than through resources at Learning ZoneXpress?
What is the connection between brain health & starting a new hobby? By starting a new hobby you are creating new challenges and ways for your brain to figure out pieces (like a puzzle) to function and successfully execute a behavior.
Goals.com had a great article about not only which hobbies help with brain health, but why. They suggested to...
Read - Reading improves your productivity, and exposes you to new ways of thinking. Reading has been shown to reduce stress, and it challenges you to use your imagination.
Cook - Cooking improves your ability to focus, and pay attention to detail. Cooking also helps you become more organized, as it often requires multitasking.
Exercise/Play Sports - Exercise provides better circulation of your blood to your vital organs, including your brain, which needs oxygen to properly function. Exercise also reduces tension in your muscle, and promotes healthy and restful sleep.
Meditate - Meditation requires both patience, and control. It helps to reduce both physical and mental stress, and offers the satisfaction of self-reflection, which can help you achieve your goals and become a more productive individual.
Write - Creative writing helps to improve your imagination and visual comprehension by way of descriptive language. Writing short stories or poems stimulates your brain to explore rhyming patterns and the perspective of others.
Did you know that writing in cursive is also great for keeping your mind sharp because it stimulates both visual and tactical responses between your brain and the muscles in your hands and fingers?
Puzzles - Puzzles and riddles keep your mind sharp and focused, and force you to think in ways you are not used to.
Challenge yourself! Try taking a new route to work every other morning, without using the GPS, or make a habit of literally learning something new by alphabetically scrolling through different subjects on Wikipedia. There’s always something new to learn.
Play an instrument - Playing an instrument also has the added benefit of helping your mind developing complex emotions and muscle coordination. Skilled, proficient musicians can then work on improving their comprehension of music and the instrument, allowing you more freedom and creativity.
Learn a new language - Learning a language is a complex, and time-consuming hobby, but it can be done if you dedicate yourself to the cause. Learning a new language, both in writing and speech, forces you to analyze language in a way that lets you see structure and symmetry.
Travel - Traveling exposes you to new cultures and lifestyles, and forces you to consider new perspectives and ways of thinking. Depending on where you go and how you get there, traveling can also get you a solid physical and mental workout.
Enhance your brain today with some of the hobbies mentioned above and with some brain boosters from Learning ZoneXpress! This set is for elementary students but can benefit anyone. Anyone can gain from doing any kind of brain exercise!
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