You can exercise your brain by doing things that your brain is not used to. For instance, you can do things with your opposite hand. If you normally do something with your right hand, then try doing it with your left hand. Make your brain work by learning telephone numbers. Make lists when you go shopping, but don’t use them unless you must. Think of stories to tell in interesting ways; observe people and focus on specific details. You could also consider going a different route or breaking your routine in other ways to work your brain.
- Spending a day doing everything with your non-dominant hand can help you to think differently about mundane daily tasks.
- You can give your memory a workout by being less quick to check your lists, and by memorizing phone numbers.
- You can pick out something to look out for all day, or compose a story to tell that day, both of which use different neural skills.
“Your brain’s fitness depends on how much it is used. Every time you do something new or different, you create new neural pathways.”