“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
– Aldous Huxley
? Hello and welcome to Day 11 of the 21-Day Self-Care Challenge.
? Each day for 21 days we give you an action to complete that will help you to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of the other aspects of your life effectively.
Each of our tasks focuses on either physical, mental or emotional self-care.
You can either follow the tasks as specified or individualize them.
We suggest scheduling off some self-care time in your diary each night so that you keep your meeting with yourself.
Today we are going to focus on some mental self-care.
✅ Tap into your creativity and pick a new skill or topic to learn about.
✅ What are you going to learn or tap into? Share with us in the Self-care Challenge Community Group on Facebook.
Find your inner child
Take some time and ask yourself what is one thing that has always interested you?
Perhaps you have wanted to learn how to draw or cook? Perhaps you wanted to take an art class or learn a new language?
Today’s goal is to identify that one thing that has alluded you and formulate a plan to make it happen for yourself.
- Write it down.
- Keep it visible and set your plan in motion today.
Learning rewires our brains. This adaptation is referred to as Neuroplasticity.
According to Positive Psychology when we learn something new, we create new connections between the neurons in our brains.
This helps us adapt to the new circumstances. And although this happens on a daily basis it’s also something that we can and should encourage.
So although we are learning new facts each day, this kind of learning, compared to learning a musical instrument does not have the same rewiring effect.
Here are some ways to up your mental game:
- Learning a musical instrument: may increase connectivity between brain regions and help form new neural networks;
- Reading fiction: increases and enhances connectivity in the brain;
- Creating artwork: enhances the connectivity of the brain at rest (the “default mode network” or DMN), which can boost introspection, memory, empathy, attention, and focus;
- Dancing: reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and increases neural connectivity;
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