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HOME::Self-Help / Self-Improvement

Top 7 Tips To Stay Mentally Sharp

By Raymond Lee

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Self-doubt can erode your sense of independence. If you are feeling insecure and incapable of coping effectively in the world, it will really begin to adversely affect your mind and body. Believing in yourself and feeling that you can successfully do things is vital to staying mentally sharp. People who have a strong sense of self-efficacy – a can-do approach to tasks or challenges – are more likely to view memory as something that can he learned and improved. The belief that memory is controllable encourages them to make an effort to do things like playing mental exercises and games that strengthen recall. Without this sense of self-efficacy, you may accept memory loss as a normal part of aging and let memories slip away without a fight. But there are plenty of ways that you can restore your self-confidence and regain your motivation to keep your mind sharp as you age. Here are some ways that you can adopt.

  1. Take An Adult Class

    Whether the subject is French, calligraphy, or dancing, the classroom is a great place to learn new skills that will boost your self-confidence and improve your memory. Plus, classes are a wonderful way to meet new people.

  2. Participate In Activities

    Involve yourself in activities that include people of all ages. Join a hiking club, become a foster grandparent, or participate in a public-speaking group like Toastmasters. You’ll probably discover that not only do you have wisdom to share but also you can still do some things as well as or even better than younger people.

  3. Do At Least One New Thing A Month

    Go to a museum, attend a lecture at a local college, eat at a restaurant, or walk through a different neighborhood. The bottom line is that monotony destroys optimism and ultimately undermines your mental health.

  4. Observe The Nature

    Spend a moment each day to take a fresh look at something in nature and marvel at it. Observing nature will help you get in touch with your spirituality – reminding you that you are part of a larger whole – and can spark hope for your future.

  5. Mindy-Body Technique

    Meditation, contemplation, or prayer can help you cleanse out of your body anxiety, hopelessness, depression, and other negative emotions associated with disease.

  6. Write Regularly

    Keep a journal and every day write down at least 20 wonderful things that happen to you. Even small things, such as finding a dollar under the sofa, count. Doing this regularly will help you feel more positive about yourself and life in general. This, in turn, will make you more likely to take on new challenges, keeping your brain active.

  7. Adopt A Plant

    Houseplants make people feel calmer, more optimistic, and more self-assured. So starting a garden or tending to a houseplant may help you forget problems, boost your self-worth, and improve your health.

Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit for more information.


Article Submitted On: October 17, 2007