Mental Workouts are a Good Stretch

29 Jan


Homer: What’s wrong, old friend? Can’t sleep? (his stomach is rumbling) Aww. Would some warm beer settle you down? (his stomach continues rumbling) Uh-oh. (gets up and runs off) Those barley burgers were tainted! Why did I eat twelve of them?! Why?!

(runs to a bathroom door, only to find Marge using it)

Marge: Taken!

[Homer shuts the bathroom door, and runs upstairs to another bathroom door, only to find Bart using it.]

Bart: Occupied!

[Homer runs to another bathroom door, only to find Lisa using it.]

Lisa: Hurling!

[Homer runs, looks both ways, runs into Lisa’s bedroom, and vomits into her saxophone; his mouth gets stuck trying to get it out.]

Homer: Uh-oh!

– Season 20, Episode 21: “Coming to Homerica”



Sometimes my mind is foggy and full of cobwebs. The feeling is very uncomfortable. I am not focused and I bumble through my duties completely inept. What I’ve found is something perhaps obvious. Going to the pub the night before, eating a greasy burger before I pop into bed and sleeping the whole day after is not good for the brain. It is a silly routine people do, just to have a little fun. Like most good things, we should indulge sparingly.

I find that a quick mental workout during the day helps enormously. What you can do is switch a detail of your routine to something different. Examples include: eating your breakfast with the other hand, taking a different route to work, walking a bus stop or two, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Physical exercise helps the flow of blood to your brain, which helps the bolts and cogs in it to work more efficiently.

Also, eating nutritious food helps to keep your brain in top form. Whole foods like rice, lentils, bread, milk and eggs are a good foundation. Meat rich in proteins and fatty acids are good too. Fish and chicken being slightly better than red meat. Veggies have to be included in the diet because they offer other nutrients which help with the functioning of the body. Leafy greens, carrots, potatoe, and broccoli are yummy side dishes. It is important to feed your body with foods that are rich in nutrition. You will notice a happier more youthful self!

I also recommend hobbies as a great way to keep your mind active. Puzzles, sewing, sports and drama are fun and are an enjoyable way to spend time. My happy happy hobby is writing and reading comprehension. I love the way I can organize my thoughts and then go over them instantly so I can make sense of what I had been thinking. I highly recommend spending about ten minutes or more a day on your hobby. The point is to try and always be mentally active. If all else fails and your turning into sludge, just pop a movie in the bluray…pay a small degree of attention…and slowly notice the brightly flickering beautiful range of colours and lights. And that’s enough. LoL! Have a pleasant and thought-filled day!

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