How many times have you driven to work or the store and when you got there you couldn’t remember how you got there? You just zoned out on the drive. That can be a little bit scary, don’t you think. What happens is that we get so used to the pattern of our routines that we don’t think we need to pay attention to what we are doing. So it isn’t safe, it is boring, and it is bad for our brains!
Do you know how someone will ask you “when you get old, would you rather lose the use of your body or lose your mental capabilities?” What I want to know is, why do I have to choose? I don’t want to lose either! But really, I want to keep my mind as sharp as possible for as long as possible. So I am constantly looking for ways to boost my brain power. Playing games, reading books, taking classes, learning new words, etc.
We need to create new neural pathways constantly in order to stay alert and stay vibrant and stay awake! It’s what keeps us going. There have been many studies done showing that changing up our routines can help keep our brains sharp. Learning new things, trying new hobbies, playing games, reading books, trying new routines, etc. , all help create those new pathways.
So this week’s challenge is to change-up your routes. Change the route you drive to work everyday, the route to the gym or to your mom’s house. Anywhere you usually go to on a regular basis, just change it up. Go the long way. Take the scenic route. Actually stop and smell the roses along the way! And pay attention to your surroundings, enjoy the view, work those dendrites!
You will feel better and will be smarter and will be less likely to be in an accident due to boredom and not paying attention. Win win all around.