There’s been a longstanding myth surrounding maintaining healthy cognition as we age, and that is that we can stay mentally healthy if we do a lot of puzzles and brain games.
But, do you know the effects of what doing lots of puzzles has on your brain? You get really good at doing puzzles. Now, if you like doing puzzles that’s one thing, but don’t do them because you think it will make you healthy.
Rather the overwhelming majority of research shows that to keep our minds healthy as we age it is the same as keeping our bodies healthy, which includes a healthy diet, daily exercise, quality sleep, and minimizing our anxiety caused from stress.
You’ve probably heard a common myth that it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Yes, it is a myth. This claim originated in the 1950’s out of research a plastic surgeon conducted where he found it took people about 21 days to become more accustomed to their new face. One magazine published this, and then another, and now 70 years later we’re still believing it. According to more recent research, it takes on average approximately 66 days to form a habit (Lally, van Jaarsveld, Potts, & Wardle, 2009).
Relating this to quarantine time, if this lifestyle lasts another 3 weeks, then we will cross that habit-forming threshold. Right now, most of us still can’t wait for the day when we can see our friends and family again and even go back to work. But give it some time and we might become a little too accustomed to our quarantine routines.
No matter how many ways I try to say it, it comes down to that phrase each and every day during this unprecedented time.
Words simply cannot express how grateful I am for everyone at Ontario Shores and how proud I am of the collective work that’s been done since the World Health Organization (WHO) called a global pandemic on March 11 as a result of the spread of COVID-19.