“an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution”Dictionary.com
Has complacency set in? Is nonactivity the norm? Have you become more sedentary? Are you struggling to talk yourself (back) into exercise, and adventure? Is it time to break out?
It sure was for me, and today I did (again)!
You see, our brain NEEDS change. It is designed to grow new cells (neurongenesis) even in our older life. Our brain has a great capacity for change (neuronal plasticity) and in fact physically changes in adults that are learning a new skill.
That is why it is so important, no matter our age, that we keep escaping the rut of daily life and break out. Try new things, foods, restaurants. Find ways to engage your brain again, maybe a new location, activity, puzzle or recipe.
Today I broke out. I got in my car and drove to an unfamiliar place that I had heard of, parked and started exploring. A brand new location stimulated my brain through the use of every sense. I saw things I’d never seen before, heard new stimulating sounds, touched and felt unfamiliar textures and I smelled the fragrances of nature.
I witnessed the creativity of people, and experienced the fear of the unknown.
And all the while my brain was exploding with stimulation and growth, along with neural pathways and electrical impulse activity. My brain was celebrating adventure. My brain was happy. My brain was challenged and creativity was unleashed all because I broke out.
Every one of us NEED cognitive and social engagement for our own mental health. All of us, at one time or another need to break out.
Need some ideas for breaking out? Here are a few:
- engage in physical activity of some kind
- learn a sport or dance step
- learn an instrument
- learn a language
- take a class
- paint, write
- arrange flowers, garden
- try a new food or restaurant
- take a different route while driving
- use your opposite hand to brush your teeth
- chew with your eyes closed and listen
- listen to new music
Most people hate change and boredom. Yet change is what we need for a healthy mental outlook. So whatever it takes for YOU, find the time and break out. You will feel the surge of inspiration, energy and clarity.
Cheers to you,