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Exercising your intellectual well-being keeps your brain young

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Much like the body, your mind also needs exercise. Taking a mental break from your everyday routine can give you the boost you need and increase your overall productivity. Over the years, there have been many studies on how forms of creativity can boost your wellness. Self-care does not just involve exercise and facials. It also comes in the form of getting out of your comfort zone to try new things.اضافة اعلان

Intellectual wellness encourages you to engage in mentally stimulating activities that expand your knowledge and skill. The concept of learning is almost always associated with being a child or a student. The truth is that learning should never stop. Every person has a set of interests that should be used to discover or practice creativity on a regular basis. Creativity is forming or using an ability to produce something (a drawing, a photo, a song, and so on). Incorporating it into your daily lives can help you recharge your mind. The greatest and easiest way to improve your intellectual well-being is by exercising an old hobby or learning a new one.

What qualifies as a hobby?

It is simply an activity that you do on a regular basis purely for your enjoyment and in your free time. It involves dedicating your time and energy to doing something that you love outside of work and school. You can regularly exercise an old hobby and continue to improve it. You may even consider looking into a new hobby to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Studies have shown that hobbies can improve physical health as well as mental health. That improvement partially comes from the proud feeling you get when learning a new skill or trying something new. That feeling can boost your morale, refine your focus, help keep you motivated, and contribute towards achieving your goals.

When finding the perfect hobby, you can start by reaching into your childhood. Recall the things that made you happy and turn those into hobbies. Doing things that you enjoyed as a child will often bring back happier memories and help you stick with a hobby. However, you have to keep trying until you find the perfect hobby for you. Luckily, there are many options for to try, most of which can be relatively affordable and easily found in many places right here in Jordan. Whether it’s reading, painting, learning a new instrument, taking up photography, and many more, Jordan is full of places to find what you need.

How music improves your intellectual wellness
Research over the years suggests that music can stimulate our “feel-good” chemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin. These chemicals give us a mood boost and a feeling of euphoria and excitement. This causes relaxation, decrease in anxiety, and an overall happy feeling. That is why many people all over the world turn to music in all its many forms.

Throughout Jordanian history, music has been a great way to bring people together; traditionally played during weddings where families come together to celebrate a union, or at graduation parties to celebrate a milestone. Those songs are then stored in our brains and associated with a happy memory. One of the ways in which music improves your well-being is by bringing back the feelings that were felt during that time. In that way, music helps keep your memories sharp. Music memory, according to Mayo Clinic, is preserved in people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. It can help those suffering with it feel less anxious and at ease as it provides them with a familiar feeling.

Furthermore, learning how to play an instrument is an excellent way to challenge your mind. It is also very rewarding and can make you feel extremely proud of yourself. It increases your overall mood and gives you something to look forward to. Often, learning a new instrument can help with depression and anxiety. Additionally, it can help with overcoming certain learning disabilities and improve academic performance. As a beginner, you can purchase basic and relatively inexpensive instrument at a music store such as Girhoma Music Square in Sweifieh.

Visual arts, photography, and more

Engaging in visual arts such as painting, drawing, or coloring has become a very popular way to improve wellness. Recently, color/paint by number books have increased in popularity as many people turn to them for stress relief. Color/paint by number is a coloring book that tells you where to use each color. Many have found it to be an effective way to challenge your mind and unleash your inner creativity.

Like most hobbies, photography can have a positive effect on your well-being. You do not need a professional camera to capture the moment. One of its greatest benefits is being present in the moment and challenging yourself to choose the best way to capture it. It also helps encourage you to visit the many beautiful sites in Jordan and capturing beautiful memories. This can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence.

There are many more hobbies to choose from to engage and challenge your mind. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to learn something new. So, start by finding something that you love and stick with it.
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