A new study in Neurology has pointed towards creative activities helping to reduce memory issues if they are carried out into old age. They found that people who regularly engage in artistic hobbies, such as painting, sculpting or knitting, were less likely to have memory problems that can lead onto dementia further down the line. It’s good to know that there are things we can do to prevent dementia as it currently cannot be cured, once a person has it.
Often people stop prioritising time for their passions or hobbies once they have graduated because they are trying to focus on their careers and are having to work long hours. However, it is important for the brain to be carrying out different types of activities as well as the things we are doing in our day job, because this helps to stimulate the different parts of our brain.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote about the ‘Flow Theory’ being the key to happiness. He believed that taking part in hobbies that you enjoy takes your mind into a state of ‘flow’, which means that you can only focus on the activity that you are engaged in, thus keeping at bay any thoughts of worry or anxiety. Make sure you try to put time aside at least once a week for those things that get your blood flowing and wake up your brain! Click here for more information on this study.