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What is your IQ? I vaguely remember taking an IQ test when I was 5 or 6 but my mother denied that I did. I don’t know what I was doing at that testing center… LOL
Do you remember your SAT scores? I do. I also found the originals of my standardized test scores (along with my college report cards) while cleaning out my parents’ home after the death of my mother. Who knew they were hanging on to all of that?
Although these popular methods of measuring intelligence have been validated over the years, they are not the only way to determine intellectual wellness. In fact, you may be on genius levels of academic understanding… but having good stress management, coping, and problem-solving skills are also necessary for possessing well-rounded intelligence.
Mental Stimulation Helps Intellectual Wellness
Staying mentally active by stimulating your intellect regularly can be done in so many ways. Perhaps the daily sudoku puzzle is your forte or you enjoy playing in a chess league. Maybe you’ve been thinking about continuing your education with online classes or a specialized certification that will enhance your career goals. There are also brain-building apps you can download to your phone, like Luminosity, that strengthen focus and memory.
Keeping your mind active and challenged keeps it as nimble as possible.
Mindfulness as a Component of Intellectual Wellness
Speaking of focus and memory, mindfulness is a simple way to keep your attention in the present moment and is showing a vast array of benefits as of late.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. The benefits of mindfulness include: helping to relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Popular in schools, prisons, and veterans’ centers, mindfulness is for everyone. It is a simple practice that takes time to learn and develop.
Neuroplasticity: Ability of the Brain to Adapt
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change through growth and reorganization. Although it was thought to have once occurred only during the developing years of childhood, it is now recognized that the brain can adapt at any age. Some examples of neuroplasticity are the ability to learn a new skill, environmental influences, the effects of psychological stress, and how practice influences capability. Having good neuroplasticity could be the difference between recovering quickly or slowly from a brain injury.
Keeping your brain sharp and adept will ensure a healthy and flexible mind.
Mental Health and Intellectual Wellness
Although related to emotional and social wellness, Mental Health is another facet of intellectual wellness. This is because when the mind is unwell, or sick, we categorize this as a mental health concern. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act. Mental health has several contributing factors; including, biological factors such as genes, brain chemistry, or family history, and life experiences such as trauma or abuse. With positive mental health, people are able to thrive by realizing their full potential, coping with everyday stressors, working productively, and making meaningful contributions to their communities.
As you can see, intellectual wellness does not just cover how “smart” you care. The ability of your brain to work quickly, handle different situations, and the level of awareness,
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Building Better Mental Health (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/building-better-mental-health.htm) (https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health)
Stress Management (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm)
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