For the past week, I have been compiling a list of ways to stay “eternally young”. However, before I could summarize my findings on the habits, actions, and attitudes of people who appear years younger than their chronological age, I stumbled across a blog by Philip Moeller, 10 Ways to Stay Mentally Young. While the article focused on 10 things to help the brain stay young while your chronological age increases, they are easily adapted to the concept of staying “eternally” young. Here are Moeller’s 10.
- Learn a new language. This gives your brain a real workout and forces it to create new pathways to learn.
- Learn an instrument. The combination of learning new physical skills on an instrument and learning to make music is great mental exercise.
- Get lost. Go to an unfamiliar area and force yourself to navigate it. Realizing you have the skills to deal with new situations builds confidence, and gives your brain a workout.
- Volunteer. Getting involved in a new endeavor will introduce you to new people and activities. Broadening your circle of friends and acquaintances is healthy on multiple grounds. This is one of my “go to” ways to staying eternally young. I am often described as a professional volunteer.
- Get uncomfortable. Step outside of your comfort zone. This is another variant of getting lost. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a good way to open yourself up to new experiences, new learning opportunities and new possibilities.
- Be physical. The benefits of exercise are too numerous to mention. Plus, I have written numerous posts on the benefits of physical exercise. Physical exercise is considered one of the keys to the fountain of youth.
- Play new and challenging games. Your brain loves to play. In fact, play appears to have a stronger role in human development than for any other animal on the planet.
- Take classes. Exposing yourself to new ideas, classmates and even classroom settings hits several of the targets that experts associate with cognitive health.
- Embrace new technology. Staying connected in a digital world may seem like an uphill slog you don't want to take. But it can have huge brain-health benefits, as you learn new things and connect with new people and ideas.
- Keep opening new doorways. Your brain is endlessly curious about the unknown and appears to be a sponge for new ideas and experiences.
You can read Moeller’s entire article in the May 6th on line issue of The Huffington Post.
Do you know of people who act, think, talk, move, and feel 15-20 years younger than their chronological age? Do you fit into this category? If yes, what is one thing (or two) you can share with me? I would love to hear from you.