Keeping your brain stimulated with intellectual activities can help improve cognitive health! Studies have shown that people who engage in meaningful activities – like trying a new hobby – can be rewarded with many health benefits, such as:
- Increased memory
- Increased focus
- Reduced stress
- Increased self-esteem and overall happiness
- Possible lowered risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia
Is there a skill or hobby YOU have always wanted to learn or incorporate into your life? How about…
- Learn to sew, knit, crochet or embroider
- Grab a map and explore hiking trails in your community
- Take a class and learn to paint with acrylics, watercolor, etc.
- Join a local YMCA or fitness center & take a yoga or tai chi class
- Check out a cookbook from the library and experiment with cooking new dishes
- Get out in nature and go birdwatching with a local club
- Sign up for a dance class & learn a new style – foxtrot, tango, waltz, cha cha & more
- Audition for a play or musical at a community theater
- Learn (or relearn) a musical instrument and play in a local band or orchestra
- Sing in a community choral group
- Add excitement to your yard by learning how to garden or grow vegetables
- Start a card game / board game night with your friends or grandkids & learn new games
There are so many ways you can learn a new skill, either from your own home or with others in your community. Check out these places for instruction opportunities:
- Local church groups
- Local fitness centers
- Community colleges
- Senior centers
- Community centers
- YouTube videos
I hope you are encouraged to try a new hobby – your brain health will benefit while you are having fun.
Be sure to check out next month’s newsletter for another great cognitive health tip!
Want to read past cognitive health tips? Simply click this link – https://pameladixon.com/news/category/cognitive-health.