There are so many ways one can enrich their environment, which I have outlined earlier, can increase brain health. So keeping on this theme, the choice I made to start this blog is enriching my brain. I had to set it up – okay it was not that hard but I had a few glitches because I could not find the easy install button for wordpress at my host (who would have guessed it was Fantastico deluxe among all the others 30-40 icons like Remote MySQL, Webalizer, etc).
Beginner mistake # 1: yesterday I published my first two posts, despite the fact of reading to never start a blog with less than 5 posts so the reader has something substantial to digest. This is an example of knowing better but failing to follow good advice (another good example is we all know we should exercise for the health of our bodies and mind).
Other beginner mistakes I have made are mentioning that I am going to provide a link then give the full web address instead of the more elegant solution. As an example to show that I am learning; Darren Rowse at problogger offers valuable tips and insight to assist and empower anyone starting a blog (or trying to take their blog to the next level). I am learning. Sure I had read blogs that did it this way but because I had not personally done it I fell into the older less elegant look of the long internet address. What is this doing to my brain? Since I am learning new things (though dead simple) my brain is literally making connections, new memories, maybe even new cognitive solutions (very broad term).
You do not necessarily have to go out and learn a whole new language in a day (or even a month), nor run a marathon on your first day of running. It is okay to take baby steps; learn how to provide nice links, jog around the block, go for a walk. The real trick is doing something – a bit of exercise, a bit of learning. Far better than sitting on the couch and staying in the prison of long formed habits.
What are you going to do new or physical today?