Quit your job! Quit your job? Bold advice, but according to some experts, it might be what your brain needs! However, before you start picturing yourself in sweatpants with a remote in hand, the story does not end by quitting your job only to laze away your days. Sorry to disappoint. Let’s rephrase this. Quit your job and get a different job! But wait, why should I quit a job that I know how to do and am perfectly good at only to have to learn a new job? Because doing something new and challenging for your brain is good for it.
A recent article published in The Atlantic Magazine, presents the case for how quitting your job in order to challenge yourself with a new job that comes with new training and new skills can help keep your brain challenged and stimulated, which is good for your brain (and your satisfaction with life in general) in the long run. While it sounds intimidating (not to mention a lot of work to quit one job only to find another one), according to the article, “But, if you want to thrive in the years ahead, a new challenge, and a new purpose, may be the things your brain needs most.” (Hagerty, 2016) Experts suggest that for many adults, this challenge and purpose can come from their job.
Don’t have a job? Learning a new skill in general, or taking up a new hobby are other ways you can keep your brain active, challenged and engaged! Tennis lessons, piano lessons, or a new language, are just a few examples of hobbies that can give you a new lease on life and stimulate your brain too.
Fit Brain’s own Dr. Paul Nussbaum is one expert interviewed for the article. The author writes, “Paul Nussbaum, a neuropsychologist and co-founder of the brain-training company Fit Brains, notes that after you have mastered a skill, be it balancing the company’s books or (in my case) writing a four-minute radio story, that skill becomes ‘overly learned.’” Nussbaum acknowledges the challenge and stress that can come with learning a new skill, but reassures that “Soon, however, you will develop new neural circuits, and your brain will thank you for the effort.” (Hagerty, 2016)
So, even if you aren’t inspired to quit your job just yet, we hope this can inspire you to find a way to keep purpose and challenge in your life. You’ll feel better and so will your brain! And, if you want to challenge and entertain your brain with much less commitment, try a FREE TRIAL of Fit Brains fun brain games! Fit Brains games will give your brain “smart” entertainment. Challenge your Memory, Focus, Logic, Speed of Thinking, Language and Visual-Spatial Recognition skills with a Fit Brains FREE TRIAL!
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Reference: Hagerty, Barbara Bradley. (2016) “Quit Your Job”. The Atlantic Magazine. 317(3), 22-24.