Retirement is supposed to be fun. Right? But you need a plan.
Joan worked her butt off and counted the days down to retirement. But she never dreamed her retirement would age her faster. She put in all her time, she took great care to make sure her retirement fun was stocked, and she set her last day on the job.
Yet when the day finally came, she had no idea that all the preparing in the world wouldn’t make her last year’s enjoyable.
Why? What happened?
She stopped taking great care to keep her mind young and vibrant. Instead she sat and watched TV. But these shows didn’t engage her mind. She didn’t stretch the muscles of her brain.
Keep Your Brain Young At Retirement
It’s extremely important to keep learning even in senior age. The biggest mistake is to stop living. Do things that will stretch the brain.
So what do we do to stay young in retirement?
There are the normal things that we should do all our lives.
It’s is, of course, important to exercise because that not only helps your body to stay young, it also helps your brain.
According to the article from Harvard Health Publishing by Heidi Godman, this is how exercise helps the brain:
“Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.
Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.”
That alone should be a good reason to exercise.
Eat healthily and stay away from processed and sugary foods.
This is a no brainier also because we should always be doing this. If you haven’t made the switch to this and you’re going through menopause, you may want to do this now. I found that sugar was a big culprit with my brain fog.
There is nothing worse and scarier than not being able to recall a simple detail. It won’t take it away completely but it will help.
But there are other things we can do to keep our brains young.
Take a class or course
Find a class that you’ve always been yearning to try. Learning something new is a big brain booster. It’s a great way to gain extra knowledge and who doesn’t need that?Keep learning to keep your mind young in your senior years and during retirement. Click To Tweet
Find a hobby that will stretch your brain muscles.
Skillshare is a great place to learn a new hobby. It is a low cost and there are many different subjects to explore.
Both fiction books and nonfiction fiction books. Fiction books will entertain you but look for non-fiction books that will lift you up and teach you to stretch your wings. Commit to reading at least 1 self-help book a month.
Choose books on growth mindset. Changing habits. Or anything that will give you an opportunity and the drive to grow. Don’t sit around never exercising your brain with crap. It’s okay to enjoy a few dirty pleasure TV shows. But don’t binge strictly on that.
Set goals to hit each month.
By setting goals for yourself and striving to achieve something, you will not only grow as a person but it’ll give you a sense of pride. Set one goal that will stretch you so thin it scares you.
Something changes in us when we stretch for those goals and you’ll never want to stop.
Explore your town and area.
There are tons of things you can do in your own hometown or surrounding areas. If not, then find a close-by town that you can explore. So many times we seem to forget all that is offered in our own hometown. And it will connect you with people that you’ll be able to form a relationship with.
Try to find a local animal shelter and let the animals love you. If you’re not into animals, try your local schools or library. Sign up to read stories to the little ones.
These are just the tip of the iceberg. Be creative. The point is not to just sit and let your mind and body deteriorate. You are the only one that can exercise your mind. Keep your brain young by connecting with others and yourself that you didn’t have time for when you were younger. Enjoy retirement while keeping young.
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