The definition of intellectual wellness is to actively participating in scholastic, cultural, and community activities. Remember, it’s important to gain and maintain intellectual wellness because it expands your knowledge and skills in order to live a stimulating, successful life.  In order to improve your intellectual wellness, it’s also important to value creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning.  Here are eight simple steps to increase your wellness…intellectually.

1. READ FOR FUN
It may be hard to do with your busy life, but try to find time during the morning, night, or weekend to sit down and read something for fun. Reading, especially something you enjoy, can improve your intellect by stretching your mind to think about things you normally don’t think about!

2. DEBATE WITH A FRIEND.  (choose a viewpoint opposite the one you hold)
Sounds tricky, right? That’s the point! Focusing attention on information that is different than your beliefs can improve intellectual wellness. Naturally, we tend to only focus our attention on opinions, beliefs, and facts that hold true to our viewpoints. When you expose the mind to opposing ideas, it expands the mind to grasp new information.

3.  IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
Learning new things about the way your mind processes information can be a vital tool to helping you succeed.

4.  LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Learning a foreign language can be beneficial to your intellectual health and your employment prospects. When learning different ways to communicate, your mind expands. This not only helps with being receptive to new knowledge, but also helps broaden information already learned.

5. PLAY A GAME
Board games and cards are popularly known as leisure activities. These activities can also help with your intellectual wellness. The next time you have free time, pick up a deck of cards or pull out a board game and play! It makes no difference whether you are playing alone or you are playing with others. As long as your mind is thinking, improvements are being made.

6. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
Music has a powerful impact on our minds. Playing a musical instrument can increase intellectual wellness by learning how to create sounds, make patterns, and emote through music. Any instrument can work to increase intellectual wellness, so start today and take up a new hobby.

7. JOURNAL
Taking the time to write down thoughts can help those who struggle with expressing their feelings or in general for anyone who is trying to make sense of what they are feeling inside. Being able to identify your feelings and understanding yourself more and your actions increase intellectual wellness by exposing your mind to deeper thinking.

8. DO PUZZLES
Crosswords and Sudoku are leisure activities that have proved to increase intellectual wellness. Working through puzzles or finding words in patterns uses a great amount of brain power. Increasing your ability to work through these activities can maintain and build your intellectual wellness.

 

 

REFERENCE:  Illinois State University News: Ali Geary – Eight simple steps to increase your intellectual wellness