For years, I’ve been encouraging people to stay healthy and fit because if we don’t use our heart, muscles, and core strength, we will lose it. Simple, every-day-tasks can become problematic if we lose our physical health. The same rings true for our mental health, and I fear between technology and COVID, we may be losing the ability to converse with one another.
Our brains are amazing and are capable of far more than most of us ever demand of it. Just like our hearts need to be worked in order to remain strong, our brains need to be challenged in order to stay sharp. Are you using your mind beyond the normal activities of life? Are you engaging in conversation with others?
We’ve become so reliant on texting, using gifs, and inserting memes to share with others that I fear we are losing our words. Language is complex; social media is not. Clicking “like” on someone’s post is not using our language skills, and if you aren’t talking with people on a regular basis, you just might find yourself at a loss of words…literally.
Texting certainly requires us to formulate thoughts, but most aren’t using complete sentences and will often insert gifs in place of words. I think of our seniors who were locked up during COVID with many of them still living in fear and in isolation. Their brains are deteriorating at a high rate, and I am confident we will see a huge spike in dementia and Alzheimer’s as a result. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones!
Pick up the phone and speak with family members, especially those who are alone. Meet in person with friends and share about life instead of posting about it. Talking comes as easy as breathing, but if you were to hold your breath for hours, you would die. Withholding words and not using our language skills will harm not just one’s mental health but their emotional health.
I’ve seen it firsthand. When someone knows the word they want to use but can’t find it in their brain, they become extremely frustrated and agitated. This creates anxiety and stress, further decreasing their brain capacity. What good is our physical health if we lose our minds?
Doing crossword puzzles or word games on your phone is beneficial, but the part of our brain that speaks is completely different. We must not forget to engage with others, or we will truly digress back to caveman days and just grunt. Remember, what we don’t use, we lose!
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