Part of achieving a healthy, functional and meaningful life is working to nourish your mind. Intellectual wellness is our ability to open up to new experiences, practice critical thinking and learn new skills. Our intellectual wellness is driven by our curiosity, which motivates us to experience new things and better understand ourselves, others and the world around us. Think of intellectual wellness as an exercise for your mind. One way to keep your mind fit is through continuous skill and knowledge development.
Now, how can you tell if you are keeping your mind active and engaged? Take this Continuous Learning self-assessment to help you understand your strengths and areas of improvement.
Stimulate your mind and promote creativity by trying out the following activities:
- Express yourself through journaling, writing poetry or creating artwork.
- Learn a new skill, study a new language or take a cooking class.
- Play tabletop games and solve puzzles.
- Try brain training apps that focus on improving memory, problem solving capabilities and your attention span.
- Look for opportunities to socialize and build strong professional connections.
- Take an online course like those offered by the University of Alberta at Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or on websites such as Coursera.
- Attend webinars, workshops or conferences that broaden your knowledge.
- Read a new book, or even an old one that you loved reading the first time.
- Listen to podcasts on topics that interest you.
Finally, share what you learn with others, even if you’re not an expert! You may have heard before that teaching something you’re trying to learn helps you understand it better. Doing this requires you to use critical thinking skills to narrow down the subject matter, while improving your communication skills and confidence. This technique is just one of many ways you can exercise your brain and keep it fit!
docendo discimus (“by teaching, we learn”) - Seneca