May 6, 2022

Keeping Your Mind Active if You Take a Break This Summer

Keeping Your Mind Active if You Take a Break This Summer 

Ahhhhh, summer; the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and you may have decided to take a break from classes. Not having school to worry about for a few months is great, but if you’re worried about getting back into the swing of things when fall classes begin on September 6, then read these tips to help keep your mind sharp during the break:

1. Read. You’ve probably been reading a lot lately. That’s all part of the college experience. Some of your textbooks may have been interesting and some probably weren’t (it’s okay, we won’t tell your instructors). The thought of picking up another book to read may sound daunting, but it will help keep your mind active. Is there a book you have had on your list for a while? Know of any hot, new summer reads? Now’s your chance to read for fun. 

2. Get outside and move. Exercise is not only good for your body, but scientific evidence proves it can also be good for your mind. Take a walk or a bike ride around your neighborhood. If you’re feeling adventurous, try kayaking or goat yoga. If you have the ability, you can visit one of New York’s state parks. Whether you can do 10 minutes or 60 minutes, take advantage of the warm weather, and get moving! 

3. Play. If you enjoy playing games, then this one is for you. There are certain apps and games (yes, even video games) available that can provide intellectual stimulation in your brain. Games like Sudoku, chess, trivia, and crosswords can help. The key is to not pick games you’re good at but something that will challenge you and provide a bit of fun. 

4. Get creative. Some studies show that having a creative outlet can not only be good for your brain, but it can also help reduce anxiety. Don’t worry if painting isn’t your thing, you can get creative in other ways such as writing, bullet journaling, photography, drawing, or baking. The sky is the limit; get creative on how to be creative! 

5. Stay curious. The advice, learn one new thing every day, may actually have some value. Just because you’re not taking a class does not mean that you should stop learning. Try using your five senses to “exercise” your mind: write with your non-dominate hand; drive to work using a different route; try to pick out the flavors in your food when you eat. Interested in learning more? Look up neurobics.




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