Absentmindedness is a huge problem for many people It can be very frustrating, embarassing and sometimes downright dangerous. Do you have trouble staying focused on the task at hand? Have you ever walked into a room, stopped, and couldn’t remember why you went there?
Do not fret, you are not alone. This happens to many people, young and old. Luckily, there is help and if you are not taking advantage of it yet, then you should start today.
The simplest way to improve mental alertness is to exercise. However, exercise is also the least utilized. This is because most people do not think of exercise as a tool to increase their mental alertness.
They simply go to work, come home, sit in their easy chair and watch TV until it is time to go to bed. They lead very sedentary lifestyles. Exercise is the farthest thing from their minds. Does this sound familiar?
It is not very difficult to change this pattern. It need not be a long drawn out workout regime. It could be as simple as getting up and stretching after sitting at your work desk or computer for 1/2 hour or grabbing a sip of water at the water cooler.
On the other hand, instead of coming home and plopping down in front of the boob tube all night, you could take your dog for a walk, lift some weights (simple soup cans or water jugs work quite well as weights), dance around with your kids (if you have any) or go for a bike ride. It’s up to you. Figure out something that you like to do and do it.
Exercise releases a chemical in your brain that helps you to be more alert, not only while you are doing the exercise but for the rest of the day. This is why Joe down the street, who starts his day by going for a jog around the neighborhood, seems to have enough energy for two people.
Stimulating your mind each day by learning something new is another good way to increase your mental alertness. Whether you sit down and watch an interesting clip on The History Channel, read a new book about the Egyptians or do a crossword puzzle.
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Challenging your mind to take in new information not only means that you will learn new things, but as an added benefit, you will also acquire a higher level of mental alertness.
Keep your brain active every day:
1. Stay curious and involved commit to lifelong learning.
2. Read, write, work crossword or other puzzles.
3. Attend lectures and plays.
4. Enroll in courses at adult education centers, community college or other community group
5. Play games.
7. Try memory exercises.
8. Do aerobic exercise – walking is wonderful.
9. Teach someone something.
10. Listen to classical music.