A Flexible Mind
Do you remember the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Sure, we all know that one. However, not so fast. As you read on, you’ll learn that this old adage is not always true. The fact is, in recent decades, brain researchers have responded to that saying with just one word: baloney!
In the wake of landmark research that took place in the 1960’s, the vast majority of scientists who study the workings of the mind changed their beliefs about how the brain can work. The research led them to reject their previous belief that such development and growth stops in the early stages of life. Rather, they concluded that growth and new learnings can continue throughout the life span.
Now, in order to discuss this discovery, a brand new word had to be invented. That word is “neuroplasticity.” Additional research has proved that neuroplasticity is potentially a great help to people cope with life’s big challenges: personal and financial troubles, natural disasters, health problems, and so on.
You may know people who’ve been defeated by life. But, I’d guess you also know of people who figured out how to overcome. History is filled with such stories. It follows, then, that there might be a way to explain why some people bounce back after a setback, while others do not.
Additionally, you may know some people who believe that, once you’re set in your ways, you can’t change. As I said before… baloney!
The reason it’s baloney is that people can take action to keep their brains flexible and adaptable. I invite you to consider what you can do in order to keep your mind balanced, focused and clear all through your life. Among the following suggestions, you’ll find something that would work for you.
Regular physical exercise, in line with your ability and, if necessary, with a doctor’s guidance. Word games. Puzzles. Memory training. Non-dominant physical acts, such as brushing your teeth and combing your hair with the opposite hand. Learn to play a musical instrument. Learn a foreign language. Dance. Take a class in a subject you’d never studied before.
If you’re struggling with focus, memory, learning or emotional issues and you’d like to know more about how to keep your mind and your brain flexible and adaptable throughout your life, please give me a call at 219-309-3928. I’d be honored to be of service.
Thanks for reading!