Wellness Wednesday Week 12-Get a hobby/Learn a new skill

This is probably my most favorite topic out of all the last 12 weeks, because I feel like I set a good example of “you’re never too old to learn something new.”

Learning is the best stimulation for the brain, reducing the risk of neurodegeneration, including dementia and cognitive decline. Getting a hobby or taking the time to learn a new skill is great for mental health and can improve feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and boredom. It can be especially helpful if you learn something that will improve your quality of life.

Don’t let your age, or any other perceived limitation, get in the way of learning something new. It may take longer but if you’re dedicated, it will happen.

I was raised in NY and always used public transportation. I finally got my driver’s license in my early 30s and it created so many opportunities for me, including moving across the country.

I didn’t learn to swim until I was almost 40 years old. Swimming is a great exercise and lifesaving skill.

I’ve been studying Spanish for about 20 years with very little progress until this year, when I decided to make a genuine effort. I invested in apps and classes and I’ve made great strides.

Lastly, I finally learned how to bake sourdough bread at 43 years old. I now bake it weekly and haven’t killed my family yet!

Whatever you find interesting, you will likely be able to find free resources to get you started. YouTube is a great place to look. You may also find classes online or at a local community college. Sewing, dancing, cooking, finance, weight lifting, gardening, these are all great investments in your time and money. 

Don’t count yourself out prematurely, you can learn new things. As long as you have brain cells, give them something to do!

These last 12 weeks have been great and I hope you all were able to add some of these recommendations to your health and wellness journey. The 12 week challenge is over, but I will continue to post Wednesday Wellness tips because it has become a bit of a hobby now, which is good for my brain as well as yours. Thanks for following along!

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