When you are intently focused on a subject it helps you to clear your mind and build mental muscle, so that when the environment around you starts to feel chaotic you are better able to manage.
Here are a few suggestions to help you keep your mind engaged:
1) Enlist a partner – this could be your spouse, friend, neighbor, co-worker to engage with you at least once a day about an article you are both familiar with or a task that involves critical thinking which you need to talk through or otherwise receive feedback on. Some examples include:
a. Meditations/scripture discussion
b. Professional/self-help article
Something that provides an opportunity for at least 15-20 minutes of focused and deep discussion.
2) Read scripture or meditations on your own. Then google an article or two about the topic. Journal what you understand and your interpretation of it.
3) Read an old fashioned paper back or hard bound book for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. You will need your highlighters, sticky notes, and a pen/pencil. Read actively --- take notes/ask questions/make predictions in the margins, highlight important passages, look up words you do not know. Engage with the book.
4) Complete a word find, sudoku, or crossword each day. Set a timer and try beating your time for solving the puzzle each time you complete one.
Engage away from the chatter of work, children, life. Try to find at least 15 minutes of quiet to concentrate on nothing, but the task and the people who are with you.
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