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?

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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) 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!

Your turn…

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. 🙂 

Wassuper, it's yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different and challenge what's "normal!" I am wildly passionate about helping highly driven women pursue fantabulous relationships, juicytastic careers/bizzes, and authentically inspired lives.
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  • I like the idea of using things other than drugs to expand our minds. I have never used illegal drugs. Not because I am moral, but because I am litigious. After all, if something happens who could I sue? Thanks for sharing some good ideas.

    • LOL I hear ya Janeane! I’m more afraid of what I’ll experience I guess since I am naturally high most of the time anyway 😀

  • Great information to ponder. I try to walk and read a book every chance I get. I actually forgot how relaxing classical music can be. I plan to incorporate that change immediately

    • Yep, Tomika, I find classical music relaxing as well. And though it’s not some people’s cup of tea, it surely has helped get my mind juices flowing when I’m handling large tasks especially!

  • Okay Kesha, I plead the 5th! lol…

    Now your list is good I’ll agree so what about us that are way past 40? So let me see what’s on this list that I’ve already done and I’m not sure if it really helped to expand my mind since I think that might be a lost cause.

    Not into classical music
    Definitely read books still
    Take a walk every day
    Occasionally watch educational TV
    Not much into crafts
    I write everyday
    Have not learned other cultures
    I think I still learn something new everyday
    Not into sports
    I volunteer but not on a regular basis
    Have joined a club numerous times
    Have helped a child with homework
    I solve puzzles
    Don’t take a different route to common places, not in my town
    Have occasionally tried something new
    I do meditate

    And there we have it! Tada!!!

    ~Adrienne

    • Adrienne, I’m just getting to this comment and you have me bugging up! You are definitely not a lost cause LOL. If anything, you’re one of the best causes I know. *high 5s* 🙂

  • Tracy Renea

    Well it’s good to know that I’m already expanding my mind (and didn’t even know it!), lol…seriously, great list! Side note, I am also working on my 40 by 40 list but unlike you, I only have few months left!

    • Get it in girl! I do hope you can finish your list too. Maybe knowing that you only have a few months left will fuel your desire to get them done. 🙂

  • Theses are all great suggestions. I’d add watching and listening to NPR to your list of educational shows. I learn a lot from there about other cultures, ways of thinking and events occuring around the world.

    I also am a fan of talk radio whcih opens you to different opinions and perspectives.

    • You know, one of the things I have not done yet is listen to NPR. *adds to my list* 🙂

      Thanks chica for adding your feedback!

  • Sarah M

    Creativity and productivity are my mind openers. But my biggest hurdle is getting the motivation to do both. Catch 22 isn’t it?

  • This is really an interesting post for me, I heard from Marijuana & drugs people become more creative & gain good access to think, but there are lot of side effects too. I really liked your tips & they are realistic too. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  • Joyce@MommyTalkShow

    I’m working with my therapist on #16 – Meditation.
    i struggle to quiet all the thoughts in my brain.
    Off to find a free meditation app…

    • There’s a mobile app I just used called HeadSpace which has a free 10 day trial (and you can listen to those days over and over as much as you like). It’s a guided meditation by the app owner and instead of trying to quiet the brain, he walks you through to basically notice your surroundings and work with the thoughts running around in our heads. This way, we don’t focus on quieting them but letting them be – which in turn helps to stop the chatter.

      Alternatively, you can search online for “free meditation music” and get some good stuff too!

  • I’m absolutely loving this list! I turned on classical music to write this morning and ended up getting out 4 posts in a manner of hours. I felt the inspiration coming at full force. I don’t know why I don’t listen to it more. I also love that you mentioned volunteering and meditating. These are the two things that I incorporate into my life as much as possible. I quiet my mind for at least 5 minutes every morning, when I can, and it really does change my outlook and motivation for the day.

    • Awesome Amiyrah! I feel you about being able to crank out tasks while listening to classical music. It’s like that type of music really gets the brain juices flowing. 🙂

  • lol @ Janeane! If something happens, who could you sue… I hear ya!

  • That is a fantastic list! I love reading and writing. Walking or hiking really takes me somewhere else though. It calms me and brings me to the present. I’d like to be more diligent in meditating. I know that that will also “get me high”. 😉

    • Hey chica! Regarding meditating, just start small. Take 5 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning and mentally plan your day. That could be a form of mediation. It’s not always about “quieting” the mind. If you focus on doing that too much, you could essentially achieve the opposite.

      Or you could also try guided meditation where you have someone guide you through exercises until you can go solo. I do both and it depends on what I’m focusing on at the time to determine which one I use.

  • I love this post!!! As a person who has never done drugs not even MJ, AND growing up in the 80’s too! That was a feat. I do wonder what that feeling is like. I think I also got a taste when I had multiple surgeries several years ago. The first time I was given medicine in the IV and as soon as it hit my veins it felt like sunshine going through my veins. Instant relaxation. Going forward they would give it to me every 4 hours and don’t you know I started looking forward to it sooner and sooner. At that time I new I surely would never and could never do drugs! I love your list and think it is right on point. I have a teenager and let me tell you helping him with his homework is mind juicing for REAL!!

    • I know right! The moment you find yourself fiending for something, you know it’s probably not gonna turn out in your favor! *like Oreos for me* LOL

  • Good tips! I will soon be participating in a screen free week and needed some more ideas.

    • Ooooh a screen free week? Let me know how that works out for you and what you did. Sounds interesting. 🙂

  • This is a great list of things to do to get high …my memory is shot so it might be time to start flexing my brain muscles! I learned how to play golf four years ago and found out that I loved it but I haven’t played in a while because I don’t have any friends who share the love for it.

    • If I were near you, I’d surely give it a shot with ya! I’ve only played miniature golf (and not that great at it) but I assume the real game is different. 🙂

  • Daniel

    Some really nice tips, never tried weed in my life so don’t know how it helps, but your tips definitely helps to become more ccunning & smart. Solving puzzle & meditation really helps out. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  • Really funny story, I once consumed something called Bhang in India then I got so high, I was telling my friends how we are travellign whole country by walking. You have shared some good points, solving puzzle & meditation really helps out. Good post, thanks for sharign.

  • Hi Kesha, you gave real cool ways to expand your mind, personally speaking I too am a no-drugs person. But I think most druggists would say that drugs help them feel good about life as a whole,whereas the tips you mentioned can also provide peace or even better feeling obout oneself.

  • Creativeness is something that can help us to sharpen our mind. Also solving puzzles and logical riddles can hep us to get better. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Merlin

    Thanks for sharing some of the possible ways to sharpen our mind. Watching mystery and suspense movies also help us to expand our mind. I hope the Sherlock Holmes movie does not have an end.

  • Hey, to answer your question:
    Being high is definitely exaggerated in the media (at least as far as a weed high goes, that’s all I have experience with). I’ve never done anything stupid like a drunk person would do, and I’ve never had violent hallucinations or any of that stuff. Typically, I just want to lay down and mellow out (though the dreaded “munchies” are unfortunately real, haha).
    As far as the feeling goes, in my experimenting with it, it makes me feel like my body is detached from my mind. You know that feeling you get when your foot falls asleep? That’s what my whole body feels like. Sounds and colors are more amplified and vivid. Pretty much everything looks “cool, maaaaan!”
    If I’m just sitting around talking with friends, I feel kind of giggly (mostly sleepy), but if I do something like listen to music, it’s practically a religious experience, haha. It’s pretty hard to explain, but for me it is a way to expand my mind. Things are quite literally experienced from a different state of consciousness; however, the unnatural drug high isn’t for everyone. To each his own:) ☮

  • Arachnae

    Spend 90 minutes in a floatation tank (also known as a sensory deprivation tank). It alters consciousness, expands the mind, relieves pain, increases productivity, expands creativity, and even helps some people with anxiety disorders and depression go into remission. I’ve done 3 floats so far and I write 46% more (I am a novelist), I get ideas seemingly out of nowhere, I am composing music (that came out of nowhere) and I haven’t suffered from a migraine since starting it. I got my husband into it and his bad leg is pain-free for 3-4 days after being in the tank, and musically he has also been composing songs. It’s an amazing tool for mental health and creativity. If you’re claustrophobic, you can float with the lights on with the top open (and many float spas offer music). It changed my life and I can’t recommend it enough.

    • Say whaaaaaaat? That sounds amaaaaaazing! I’ve seen flotation tanks on TV but never thought about doing one myself. I am definitely going to check it out in my area. I’m so happy that it’s been that helpful for both you and your husband! BOOM!

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