Recently, I was rearranging things in my home to make room for holiday decorations and this message about brain health came to me pretty loud and clear.
Perhaps my wiser side was just validating a healthy need to consistently change things up. And, since purposely doing so these past two years, I can tell you that my creativity, concentration, outlook, and the quality of my sleep has improved. Not only that but my energy level has soared!
The truth is most of us live and work—even commute—in consistent surroundings, day after day. Not much stimulation is offered as we go about our routine, living with longtime habits, habituating in the same residence with furnishings and layout untouched for years.
Look around at the placement of the coffee pot on the counter, the pictures on the walls, the tile and colors in the bathroom… not that leaving everything the same is WRONG, but being that consistent does not allow for new neural connections to be formed. Understand that without them, we are risking our brain health.
Some people are thinking, “I like everything the way it is; I like routine!” And I agree that normalcy has its advantages, but with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and mental disorders so prevalent in our country, we have to start making brain health a priority.
Keeping this in mind (pun intended), get creative with what you already have. Move paintings and pictures from room to room, as well as knick-knacks and small appliances and such on your dresser, counters, and coffee table. Change furniture layouts or maybe take an old bedroom dresser and put it in the dining room as a buffet.
Realize that just switching an alarm clock over to the other side of the bed is making your brain work harder!
Have a little spare cash to paint some walls? Just one wall in a different color will enhance your mood.
If you become really motivated, Feng Shui the crap out of your life! Throw or give away anything that is laying around and bringing you down.
Restore, refurbish, or repurpose whatever needs it because there are memories and energy attached to everything you are surrounded by.
Don’t know anything about Feng Shui? Reading up on it will give your brain a nice workout and at the same time, you will discover if your home is bringing you more empowerment, peace, and creativity, or less.
And for those who are whining about not being handy, MAKE NO EXCUSES!
The idea is to PUSH ourselves out of comfort and into discomfort so we challenge our brains to rework their wiring. Allow yourself to at least attempt to use a hammer or hold a paintbrush, and your brain’s strength will increase exponentially.
So get going!
Donna Martini is a wellness activist, speaker, cartoonist, and author of several books, including The Ten Commandments of Divorce and My Mini Book of Mighty Mantras. As an intuitive coach, she helps businesses, non-profits, government agencies, families, and individuals learn how to tap into their full potential through an energy technique she calls Positive Manipulation®. Her cartoon character, MantraMouse®, uses simple phrases to help people of all ages come to understand their human complexities, innate power, and potential. Donna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow her on https://www.facebook.com/donna.martini.7 Learn more at www.mantramouse.com