Here we are in December already! The last month of 2022. Where did this year go? It went the same way it always has, one second at a time. Doesn’t it seem like the older we get, the colder it gets, and the faster a year seems to go by? It’s not only time that seems to be seeping away. As we age, we may start to feel like our brain is aging right along with our bodies. This is especially true if we find ourselves constantly forgetting things. There are several ways to keep our minds fine-tuned, so keep reading to find out how to keep your brain sharp for years to come.
Keep on Learning
A big mistake people make as they start to age is they think they don’t have to learn anymore. This is never the case. Learning helps to keep the brain fresh and young by building new pathways. If you want to keep your mind sharp, you should try to learn something new every day. The best way to do this is by downloading a memory verse of Scripture every day or writing down Bible verses on an index card to memorize and meditate on. Proverbs 19:8 KJV, says, “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.”
Play Brain Teasers
You’ve probably seen an advertisement or read articles about how brain teasers can help keep your mind from aging, and the people who created these games might just know what they are talking about. According to neuroscientists, working your mind every day helps keep it active and keeps you from forgetting things. So take the time to find a brain teaser game that you enjoy, and aim to spend an hour on it every day. You may just be surprised at the results.
Use Organizational Tools
People tend to grow more forgetful as they age but refuse to use the tools provided to keep them organized. You probably have a more complex life with more people in it now than you had a decade ago. It’s only reasonable that there’s no shame in using a planner (or app) to keep track of all the birthdays and important days you need to remember. My mother-in-law is great at this!
Take the time to get organized around your house as well. This way, you will waste less time worrying about things that ultimately don’t matter (like where your keys are). This organization allows you to direct your brain power where it counts – serving God and others!
If you want to keep your mind sharp as you age, then make it a point never to stop reading your Bible, memorizing Scripture, and learning. You could also consider working brain teasers into your everyday life. If you need to use some tools along the way, have at it! That’s what they are there for—to help keep your mind working at its best!