Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~ Henry Ford
This month, we’ve been focused on caring for our minds. We often feed our spiritual side and care for our physical bodies, but our minds need nurturing, too, with lifelong learning. One of the best ways to feel that zest for life is to constantly learn something new. As I’ve mentioned before, (but it’s a good little nugget of information worth repeating) new experiences create new pathways in the brain, keeping your mind functioning at its best and warding off diseases like Alzheimer’s. So, let’s have some fun this month while trying things we’ve never done before. Need some ideas? Look no further!
Lifelong Learning Through Art
The creative nature of art and the vast number of mediums to choose from make it a perfect area to dive into when looking for something new.
- While you may have strolled through an art gallery a time or two in your life, why not REALLY take it in. Get a beginner’s book on art appreciation or sign up for an online class, and take a look at those paintings in a new, more analytical way.
- Expressing yourself through art is both freeing and excellent for your mind. Sign up for a painting, drawing or sculpting class. Unleash your artsy side and see where it takes you!
- Learn a new craft. Have you always wanted to knit or crochet like your grandmother? Or weave beautiful baskets to store all your knickknacks? What’s stopping you?
Tap Into Music for Lifelong Learning
Music feeds the soul. Use it to feed the mind, too!
- Pick a new genre of music to intently listen to and study.
- Choose your favorite style of music and take a related dance class. Pull on your boots and tackle some country line dancing. Or dust off your fanciest dress for a ballroom dancing class.
- Learn an instrument. I hear clients frequently say, “I wish I had never stopped learning to play the piano. It brought me such peace and satisfaction.” It’s not too late! Go back to the beginning and learn to play your favorite instrument — guitar, piano, ukulele, you name it!
Return to School to Learn
Maybe your mind would be best fed by traditional learning. It’s not too late to sit at a desk and soak in knowledge from an instructor.
- Check out continuing studies classes at local universities. You can find courses in everything from foreign languages to public speaking.
- Pick a passion or hobby, and sign up for a formal class to take your love to the next level. Your cooking could go from good to gourmet, or your poetry writing from average to amazing.
- Maybe when returning to school you should become the teacher instead! If you’re an expert in an area, you could feed your mind in a new way, by breaking down your skills and teaching them to others. Check with county parks and recs for teaching opportunities or specialty organizations to host workshops. Maybe you’ll want to sign up for that public speaking class to go hand in hand with this one. Double win for the mind!
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A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.