While many people have a big focus on their physical fitness and how they look, mental fitness often gets overlooked when it is just as important as physical fitness and should not be neglected.
Keep yourself mentally fit is just like keeping yourself physically fit with exercises that you should do on a regular basis. Exercises for your brain can help you to slow down, decompress and boost a flagging memory. There are many ways you can increase your mental fitness, such as not multitasking, as this can often create more problems than it solves. Staying focussed on one task at a time will improve your concentration and help you to be more productive. Trying something new is another way to keep your brain active, for example, trying new foods or trying new ways to accomplish routine tasks and travelling to new places are really good for keeping your mind active.
Then there are other activities that can help such as playing games such as crossword puzzles, board games and Sudoku that all test your brain and keep your mind sharp. Games are a really great way to build up your brain muscle. Reading is also great for your brain as your brain has to process each word you look at and recall the meaning instantly. Reading is an excellent exercise to help you visualize the subject matter on the page. Reading requires your brain to work to imagine what the voices sound like in the written dialogue, and while it is a good exercise, it can also be a great relaxation technique as well. Reading is a great activity because it ignites the imagination and works so many different parts of the brain and with so many different genres and types of reading material, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever run out of interesting things to read.
If you are suffering from a specific mental illness, it is essential to seek professional medical advice. There are even medical marijuana doctors who can help as medical marijuana is said to have an incredible track record in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, shock, and PTSD.
It is still essential to focus on your body too though as the more you help your body, the more you improve your mind. Physical activity increases the number of endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals in your brain.
While memory training exercises, games and reading can be beneficial for a healthy brain, so can meditation as calming your mind allows you to problem solve in a more relaxed way. There are plenty of meditation apps which can help you and one of the best times to listen to these is just before you go to bed to get you into a relaxed state. Visualization can also help you to reduce tension in both your body and your mind and boost your emotional well-being and calm you down mentally.
Mental fitness doesn’t need to take up a lot of your time; just spend a few minutes on it every day to help you feel better and think more clearly.