A Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Waste

Every year, New Year resolutions are made. And every year, losing weight is one of the top five on the list. We desire to be fit or to stay fit; so, we start the new year off with health & wellness. As we exercise, our body begins to tone and muscles begin to take shape and form. Bodily exercise is a good resolution; but, does anyone think about exercising their mind as a resolution? The mind needs to be conditioned just like the body. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” is an educational slogan derived from the United Negro College Fund that should be a fact of life for everyone.

How a person thinks, remembers, and understands has a huge impact on their lives.  As we age, our brain begins to weaken. We need to keep our memory sharp and train our brain with regular exercises as well. Simple things such as reading, listening to music, and basic mind games can help stimulate different areas of our brain. A person can do math in their head, take cooking classes and learn a foreign language to help stimulate their brain as well.

We all need to work-out our mind daily to keep it in tip-top shape. Here are some additional tools that will help exercise the mind:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Memorize scriptures
  • Play chess
  • Use Memory/Brain fitness apps
  • Tweak routines
  • (involve other senses like touch/smell)
  • Learn new things
  • Use the opposite hand throughout the day
  • Talk to yourself
  • Get vital sleep
  • Create word pictures
  • Take vitamins
  • (omega-3 fats, coconut oil, vitamin B12, vitamin D, probiotics),
  • and of course… Good ‘ole meditation

All of these exercises will strengthen your brain cells, sharpen your motor skills, and improve your decision-making abilities.

So for your 2017 New Year’s resolution, just don’t think about working out the body; but, work out your mind as well. Then, your soul will be strengthened in Jesus name.



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