You know that to stay healthy you need to keep your body active. But do you know it’s important to keep your brain active, too? Taking care of your mind and emotions are key to feeling your best.

Our brains take in information and help us make sense of the world around us. When we have new experiences, brain cells create pathways with other areas of the brain. These pathways make up our memory and ability to think. When we don’t learn new things for long stretches of time, our brain slows down.

To keep your mind sharp, challenge yourself to learn and do new things. Try some of these activities:

  • Read, play games and do puzzles
  • Listen to different kinds of music
  • Knit or crochet

Exercise is another great way to challenge your brain. It can also boost your mood, which plays a big role in your overall health. Feeling worried or downhearted for long periods of time affects your mental and physical health and can even put you at risk for some health issues. Talk to your doctor about ways to keep your mind sharp and to manage your emotions. If you feel stressed and anxious, your doctor can suggest treatments and ways to cope.