Think you’re losing a bit of brain juice? If you’re not yet, someday you will – that is, if you don’t take steps to do something about it NOW!
See, when you expand your mind, you open yourself up to the wonders of the universe. You can discover exciting thoughts, ideas, and processes that you never knew existed. Plus, keeping your mind active helps keep you young!
Because I got high?
My friends and I were talking about what it must feel like to be high from a drug, i.e. Mary Jane. I’ve always wanted to know what that feeling is like – without having to actually do the drug. I remember being anesthetized before surgery last year and started wondering if I’ll start feeling “different” and seeing unicorns. Wait, I see unicorns now so maybe I never need to be high! 🙂
Afterwards, the nurse told me I was talking about me being one of their special patients and something about princesses but that’s all I really remember. LOL
Since I don’t plan on doing any drugs anytime soon, let’s go about this mind expansion deal in the non-drug route.
Sideline: For those who have gotten high before, what does it feel like for you? I have a feeling it’s somewhat exaggerated on TV. 😉
Whether you’re 21 or 61, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that you probably want to preserve your mental acuity for the rest of your life. So take a look at a few of these simple strategies and incorporate as many of them as you can into your everyday life to get those brain juices flowing, your mind working as efficiently as possible, and your thinking razor-sharp!
16 Ways to Expand Your Mind (without drugs)
- Listen to classical music. I like a little light classical music every now and then especially when I’m performing activities that require thought. Nothing opens your mind up to new possibilities like listening to classical music. Experts say it will even reduce stress.
- Read a book. When you open a book, you open your brain. Whether you choose fiction or biographies or “how to” books, start reading. 15 minutes a day to start will get you going strong.
- Take a walk. Especially when you walk alone, you clear out the cobwebs and think about all those things you don’t have time to ponder during your busy life. Try it.
It can be very calming and relaxing.
- Watch some educational TV. I loooove watching the Discovery and History channels. I learn something new every time, which usually prompts me to do more research on the topic to dive in further! If you don’t have cable, try their websites or videos from the local library. You’ll be amazed at what you learn.
- Get crafty. Whether you choose embroidery, sewing, fine wood carvings, knitting, crocheting, beading, or scrapbooking (which is my poison and it ain’t cheap!), select one and get started. Some of them require intense concentration while others provide time to let your mind go. Either way, you’ll be thinking in ways that expand the mind.
- Write. Whether you make up some stories for your kids or grandkids, create a love poem, start the great American novel, or simply keep a journal, writing will expand your thoughts. Oh and don’t worry whether or not you can write, just do it. It can also be a healing exercise in general.
- Learn about other cultures and lifestyles. There are many ways to do this one including traveling to other areas, visiting your local museums, and simpy connecting with a diverse group of people. I must add here to try to do this with no judgment. Keep an open mind as you never know what you might learn. I remember reading a lot about polyamorous relationships, Wicca, and watched shows about the Amish. Very interesting stuff! Whether or not you subscribe to it, take a moment to learn about people who may not share your beliefs or experiences.
- Learn something new. This one is actually on my 40 things to do by age 40 list – to (re)learn Spanish. How about learning to say the alphabet backward as fast as you can forward or practice learning to write legibly with your non-dominant hand. Challenging your mind in this way really gets those brain cells brewing.
- Take up a new sport. Never tried golf? Maybe now’s the time. Read a book about it. Watch a television show about it. Go with a friend who already knows how to golf and watch. Learning how to do a new sport opens your mind to the possibilities around you.
- Volunteer. You’ll meet new people and develop more connections. You will also feel a deep sense of satisfaction that you’ve helped others while also expanding your mind.
- Join a club. Select a reading, fundraising, or even a “deep thinkers” club. You always stand to gain something intellectually when you take part in a group that involves discussion and completing tasks and projects together. Try Meetup.com to find local clubs near you.
- Help a child with homework. Maaaaan, believe it or not, this is a great mind-expander and will really get your memory juices flowing while you either relearn something or learn something completely new.
- Solve puzzles. I love doing logic and crossword puzzles. There are all types of games and puzzles you can do to challenge your mind and increase your critical thinking skills.
- Take a different route to common places. Sometimes I like to change up the scenery and go a different route home or to work or any other place I go to frequently. This type of mental and sensory stimulation keeps you on your toes because you’re more alert, open, and see things differently.
- Expand your taste buds. Eat the same food all the time? Be more adventurous and shock your taste buds by trying new foods. You never know, you might find your next favorite food by doing so. In addition, have you ever had an old memory come back to life after you’ve tasted a certain food? Our sense of taste can really trigger dormant thoughts and feelings.
- Meditate. You probably figured I’d mention this one somewhere right? 🙂 Mediation narrows our focus, develops awareness, and calms our minds in the process, which in turn allows us to be more open. Try to take 10-15 minutes to be still and mediate. Your mind will thank you!
We can all learn how to improve and develop our mind so that we can stay on our toes and keep sharp. What are some things you do to expand your mind? We can learn a bit from your experiences so don’t be shy! Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂