The great number of us adults born between the late 70s to early 90s know what a busy life looks like and sometimes it can be difficult to even make sure a regular physical workout is built into our already-packed schedules. But here are a couple of my favourite by-products of mental exercise, which also illustrate why it is a crucial part of your health from a mental and a physical perspective.
Clarity and focus. With clarity comes vision - and realisation thereof. Mental stimulation, in some settings, goes a long way in detoxifying and decluttering the white noise that floods our lives at times and helps us to clear our mind and realign with our own vision and mission.
Strength and flexibility. Exercise brings agility - not just physically. Regular mental stimulation helps improve skills such as multitasking and strategising. The right ones can even help build your vocabulary - after all, you couldn't possibly think the word later was actually spelled with an "8". Right?
Increased likelihood of good mental and physical health. A healthy mind is a crucial adjunct to a healthy body. Believing in your own health mentally and physically is the first stepping stone to making it happen. After all, "as [a man] thinketh... so is he."(as written in the Bible in the book of Proverbs 23:7 and later revisited by James Allen in his book As A Man Thinketh).
There are so many more that I can mention, but these remain the top three victories of mental workouts that make me look forward to seeing another one.
This was originally posted on 16 January, 2017.
What about you? What are your favourite non-scale, non-mirror victories gained from your mental workouts?