8 Ways to a Sharper You

8 Ways to a Sharper You
8 Ways to a Sharper You

“I just don’t feel as sharp as I used too.”  I used to laugh whenever I heard my mom and her friends say this…until I started saying it myself.  Then I finally started listening to my clients and their families and tried my own advice.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it worked.  For years I’ve worked in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, helping those with cognitive difficulties due to some type of neurological event.  We work on an individual’s ability to attend and remember better, multi-task and solve problems faster, pull up words and converse as they did before.  I love my job.  I love seeing the progress my client’s make.  I know what we do works, because I see the miracles every day.  I just hadn’t been applying it to myself.  Until a client called me on it and I decided to make a change.  I began to practice what I preach and slowly emerged from the fog.  You can too.

Here are 8 ways to sharpen your thinking skills.

  1. Exercise: Get the blood flowing to your brain.
  2. Healthy Diet:  Fuel your brain with healthy foods.
  3. Drink more water:  Keep your brain hydrated to help it work more efficiently.
  4. Brain Teasers and Games:  Keep your brain strong and active by working it out.
  5. New Learning:  The brain thrives and builds new pathways every time it is introduced to something new.
  6. Socializing:  A fun and interactive way to exercise those cognitive skills.
  7. Reduce Stress: Increased stress levels can affect mental functions.
  8. Prayer and Meditation:  Studies are showing that prayer and meditation have positive effects on stress levels and overall cognitive abilities.

Admittedly, some of these were easier than others to implement.  I needed to start slowly.   Adding things in as I began to feel better.   I found I not only had the mental energy, but the physical energy to try new things as well.  I’m not perfect, but I feel a whole lot better.  I’m having a lot more fun too, which is one of the added perks.  I’m thankful for the nudge.  I hope I can nudge you too.