This week my children headed back to school. They were excited but anxious about the “unknowns” in the year ahead. It’s exhilarating to learn new skills and information, and to meet new people.
There are many things you can do to help yourself maximize your own learning and longevity even if you are beyond school age.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Go to the library and get yourself a good book to read. Make it a good old-fashioned hard copy! Reading before bed can be calming–your first step in sleep hygiene.
- If you haven’t done so, make your yearly doctor’s appointment, and your semi-annual dentist visit. Insurance deductibles restart in the new year and you want to take care of routine appointments before this occurs.
- Treat yourself to a plant. Succulents and cacti are especially easy plants because they require little tending. I found a few at the hardware store today and they cost less than a cup of coffee. It’s a great reminder to us about the benefits of nature and fresh air. Plants produce oxygen and they are also a great inspiration to eat healthy.
- Clean your work surface. Whether you use a table in your dining room or a desk in an office, wipe it down, and file things away if they are piling up. Flu season is just around the corner. Sanitize your computer keyboard and mouse, especially if others use it. Give yourself a head start on getting into a routine of germ prevention.
- Learn something new. Take an online course, register for a language or computer coding class, or join a topical club.
Thinking healthy is a great example for family and friends. You’ll have new topics to discuss at the dinner table and it opens you up to easy conversation. Who knows whom you might meet and what they will teach you next?