Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ways to Keep Your Post Grad Mind Sharp

When you graduate college and you're no longer taking classes, reading textbooks and surrounded in an academic world, it can be hard to keep your brain sharp and ready to go. Especially if you haven't landed a job yet and you're quickly burning out from the elusive job search. Here are some ways to keep your brain muscles fit:

1. Join a book club. Be on the lookout for book clubs near you, especially ones filled with post grads. You can choose based on a genre of book you enjoy or perhaps find a club that featured challenging books to really get the brain juices flowing. This is also a great way to network and connect with others. If you can't find a book club in your area, start one!

2. Download "mind friendly" Apps. There are so many brain teaser, word search and other similar Apps available for iPods, iPads or even simply online. Check out word games that you will enjoy playing and you won't even realize you are working that noggin!

3. Exercise! Working out isn't only good for the body but the mind. Research shows regular exercise helps you learn faster and increases blood flow to the brain. Just another great reason to lace up the sneakers.

4. Take a class. It doesn't matter if it is an academic class or a cooking class, but learning something new will help challenge your brain and keep you from getting bored with a routine 9-5 or the monotony of job searching. Bonus points if you can use the class knowledge towards your potential career.

Even though you may not be working your brain as hard as you were in school, you can use these simple tips to challenge your brain and keep your mind sharp. Remember the old saying: if you don't use it, you'll lose it!

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