A Flexible Mind

We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well … think again, because in recent decades, brain researchers have responded to that adage with one word: baloney!

Following landmark research in the mid-1960’s, the vast majority of scientists who study the human nervous system and the workings of the mind changed their beliefs about human development and the flexibility of our brains. The research led them to  reject the belief that such development and growth stops in the early stages of life. Rather, they concluded that growth can continue throughout the life span.

Now, referring to this new belief required a brand new word. And so the brain’s capacity to adapt and change, through every stage of life, was referred to as, “neuroplasticity.” And this idea has come to be a great help to people who have been confronted with life’s big challenges: financial troubles, natural disasters, health problems, grief and loss, poverty and war.

You may know people who’ve been defeated by life. But, have you also heard of people who figured out how to overcome? Of course you have. History is full with such stories. So, there must be some 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! There is even evidence that neuroplasticity can help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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!