by Matt Alderton | December 07, 2017
If you're seeking more work/life balance, you probably think a lot about how you can improve your physical health. What you might not realize, however, is that your mental health can be just as important.
"Mental exercise is as important as diet and physical exercise for keeping both your body and brain strong," Dr. Daniel Amen, author of Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most, tells contributor Dan Schawbel.

According to Amen, the best form of brain exercise is education. "Dedicate yourself to new learning," he advises. "Set aside 15 minutes in your day to learn something new. Einstein said that if anyone spends 15 minutes a day learning something new, in a year he will be an expert. As in school or business, commitment is critical to achieving greatness or a great brain."

Learning can be informal and self-guided. Or, it can be more formal and structured.

"Take a class about something new and interesting," Amen suggests. "In many areas of the country community colleges or online groups offer low-cost classes on a wide variety of subjects. Attend a new class on a subject totally unrelated to your day-to-day life. It is important to challenge your brain to learn new and novel things. Examples include square-dancing (great exercise), chess, tai chi, yoga, or sculpture."

You can even accomplish your daily learning at work.

"Learn someone else's job," Amen says. "Maybe even switch jobs for several weeks. This strategy benefits both the business and its employees, as workers will develop new skills and better brain function."

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