When you’re born, you’re blind to life’s hardships. Adults keep things from you; they shield youfrom later life’s complications. And when you do eventually encounter them, you merely want to go back to the blissful ignoranceof your youth.
But when we try to return to simpler hours, we find that we’re not allowed. Society frowns on it; other peoplethink that regressing means being immature or cowardly.
But it turns out that people who are young at heart have stronger brains. Various analyses have found that adults who act like children have healthier intellects and less stress.
So while others may criticizeyou for seemingchildish or immature, what they don’t know is that you’re simply more clever than the rest of the population. We need to stop denying ourselves the freedoms that children enjoy every day.
Embrace your inner child. In the name of science — and for the sake of your mental health — bring back the crayons, board games and snacks!
Here’s why 😛 TAGEND
Coloring alleviates stress( and adult coloring volumes are on the rise ).
When you were a child, you colored pictures of Barney and Pokmon to entertain yourself.
As an adult, you color tofocus your intellect and dissolve your concerns. Coloring is confusing, but it’s also a very useful stress reliever.And while situations may be out of your hands, a crayon is not.
With just a few crayons or markers, you can maintain a sense of control over at the least one thing in your life — and colouring outside the lines, if you so choose.
According to the Huffington Post, coloring“generates wellness, quietness and also induces brain areas related to motor abilities, thesensesand creativity.”
Coloring is known tobe adestressor.It’s so therapeutic that itwas first used as a relaxation technique by Carl G. Jng in the early 20 th century.
It’s easy to consider why: As you fill in the blank areas of a page, you allow your mind to go blank, and you reduce time spent overthinking or torturing yourself with what-if scenarios.
The act of coloring might even bring you backinto your childhood and remind you of happier times. It’sno surprise that publishers and booksellers have started marketing coloring volumes for adults.
Naps aren’t just for preschoolers.
When you were little, you probably napped a lot. But since sleep restores yourbrain, you should probably continue to take naps.
According to theNational Sleep Foundation, “naps can restore alertness, improve performance and reduce mistakes and accidents.”
NPR reports thatwhen you snooze, your body regenerates cells and rids ofall the toxinsthat have built up while awake.Theprocessis crucial to your mind’s health.
In a sense, your bed is like a checkpoint where your bodysaves new information and memories. Napping also allows you tofeel more relaxed, lessfatigued and have improved memory, in agreement with the Mayo Clinic.
Games may prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Board games were all the rage when you were young. But they don’t have to live in the past.
Playinggameshelps you stay mentally active when you’re much older. TIME magazineclaims exercisingyour brain “slows cognitive decline.”Bystimulating your brain with games that activate yourimagination — like cards, Legos and crossword puzzles — you candecrease your chances of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Don’t underestimate the power of( adult’s) play. Game nights aren’t just for kids. I’ve talked to several friends whose households play games to assist the older members staymentally active.
Eating regularmeals — and snacks! — affects your mood.
Children tend to have pretty consistent eating habits — their parents make sure of that. But food is just as important for adults to monitor themselves.
Make an effort to pause during the workday to refuel.
You can’t run a automobile without gas. What you eat helps your body and brain to function.
A 2012 examinepublished in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry found that the nutrients patients ate“consistently and reliably” impactedtheir physical and mental health( A well-known example of food-as-medicine is that chocolate releases endorphins — alsoknown as the “happy chemicals” ).
Eating healthy foods has even been linked toa lower risk of mental health issues.
Regular exercise can be ashelpful asantidepressants.
I’m going to bet that gym was your favorite “class” in school. You probably unfroze your friends in freeze tag and lunged bouncy ballsat your unsuspecting classmates’faces in dodgeball( and then sat on the bleachers as a penalty ).
Basically, youwere constantlyin motion.And you’d likely benefit from doing similar exerts as an adult.
Onestudyhas shown that antidepressants are less effective than exercise infighting depression.And exercisinghas also been proven toincrease brain function and improve neurogenesis( the production of new brain cells ).
And — eventually — utilizing your imaginationmakes you moreempathetic.
Albert Einstein was right where reference is saidthat “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Imagination isn’t merely important in childhood. You mayno longer have imaginary friends, but you canuse your imagination to empathize withfriendswho are feeling low.
In her viral2 008 Harvard commencement speech, J.K. Rowling stressed the importance of imagination 😛 TAGEND
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and invention. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capability, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
In this fashion, creative thinkingallows you to walk in someone else’s shoes without ever actually having to put them on.When you imagine your friends’ impressions, you can truly see things from their perspective and feel what they’re feeling.
Another way to use your imagination is out-of-the-box believing. We like topush the envelope in our careers and lives. Don’t be borne in mind that Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks movies are make use of adults.
Slidesdid not magically appear in the Google offices; they’re there because one decorator was believing creatively.
Without this type of thinking, the world would be a bearing place.
If Walt Disney and J.K. Rowling did not permit their intellects to wander, the world would have never been introduced to Mickey or Harry Potter because they simply would not exist.