Stuck at home? 4 activities to keep your mind active

Updated: Mar 30

Keeping your mind active is important when a retired individual spends more time at home. Often, people focus on physical exercise and forget about exercising the mind. Exercising the brain is important to keep your mind sharp, improve concentration, boost your memory and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s Disease as one ages.

Here are 4 activities you can do at home to keep your mind active:

Daily meditation can help improve your focus and make you feel relaxed. Research has shown that daily meditation can improve the brain’s ability to process information and emotions. It can also slow down or even reverse ageing of the brain.

Exercise your brain and maintain your cognitive functions with stimulating jigsaw puzzles and board games. With more difficult jigsaw puzzles, you can challenge your mind to work hard and have fun at the same time. Research has shown that solving jigsaw puzzles can protect your brain against cognitive ageing. Board games also encourage us to socialize with friends and family, while allowing us to cultivate problem-solving skills.

Be it a new word, skill, or hobby, we can learn something new every day to keep our minds healthy and active. You can learn a new word every day with word-a-day calendars, or by simply flipping through the dictionary to find a word you have never seen before. Learning is a lifelong process, it maintains our cognitive functions especially when we are stuck at home after retirement. There are also many free video tutorials online that will teach you a new skill or hobby. This video shows you how to do flower arrangements like a pro, and this video will teach you the basics of the digital camera and photography. Watching these videos can kickstart your ideas for a new hobby to pursue or a new skill to master.

Every Singaporean and PR aged 25 or more is also entitled to a $500 SkillsFuture grant to spend on training courses. From October 2020 we each get a further top-up of $500 to spend on suitable courses. And if you’re aged 40 to 60, you get another $500. There are plenty of options you can choose to learn something new!

Journaling is not all about writing down your daily activities on a page. It is about noting down your habits, emotions, dreams and aspirations. Journaling can take the form of writing in your diary or blogging if you prefer to share your thoughts online. As life passes us by so quickly, having a journal can help you to remember memories and events that were important to you. Writing down your habits and goals can also encourage you to work harder towards them and to stick to your plans. Lastly, journaling helps you to relax by acting as an outlet for you to dump your unfiltered thoughts and emotions onto paper. It is a great way to express yourself and connect with your inner feelings.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)