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"Having a hobby or passion is an area of our lives that we tend to overlook," Ravich says. "We get so hectic with our jobs, everyday routines, and taking care of others that we forget to take time for our mental well-being." But our brains need nourishment to stay sharp. Research shows that most age-related losses in memory or motor skills are a result of too little physical and mental exercise and stimulation.
Do something that challenges your mind this weekend, or start working toward a long-term goal that will tax your brain. "Whether it's learning a language, journaling, or painting, let yourself have something you can look forward to doing on the weekend and schedule time for it—it's just as important as exercise for your overall well-being," Martin says.
Keep in mind that a new hobby doesn't have to be complex, expensive, or time-consuming. Ravich simply enjoys taking up creative endeavors such as reading, writing, or making music playlists, while Martin has weekly lunches with her French-speaking mother to learn the language.
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