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WW Question – Intellectual Wellness

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here in Virginia, I’m pretty sure we could fry an egg on our sidewalk. It’s been in the 90s all month. Since we’re having to stay inside where it’s cooler, this might be a good time to assess, and maybe work on, our Intellectual Wellness.

As we talked about in How’s Your Intellectual Wellness on Monday, Intellectual Wellness isn’t actually about how intelligent we are, but how willing we are to learn.

Fostering Intellectual Wellness can include things such as looking at things from a different point of view, learning new skills, reading more — really, anything that challenges us intellectually.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads, "How am I doing with my Intellectual Wellness? If I need improvement, what is one thing I can do today to get started?

We can start to assess how we’re doing with this dimension of our wellness by taking a look at how open we are to new ideas and experiences and whether we proactively find ways to expand our knowledge. For a more objective assessment, check out the link to a quick quiz from Illinois State in Monday’s post.

Once we know where we are with fostering Intellectual Intelligence, we can figure out what we need to do to improve it or balance it with all the other dimensions of wellness.

Often we can do things that impact more than one area of our overall wellbeing. In fact, I’m doing a continuing education course that teaches us how to combine physical exercise with cognitive exercise in order to impact our brain health. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about that later…

Embracing our creativity, continuing to learn new things, and being open to new ideas can help us improve both our intellectual and overall wellness.

How do you feel about where you are with your Intellectual Wellness? What are some ways you’ve found helpful for improving this dimension? Please share!



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  1. I thought intellectual wellbeing was just putting on my glasses to make me look smarter 🤓

    I love learning, though I find it disheartening these days that I’m not able to retain information like I used to given as that my memory is rather lack lustre these days. I’m also struggling to get back to the things I used to enjoy, like art or free online courses and such. I know I need to change that, and it’s a catch 22 with depression, but the desire to learn and develop is still there. I also find there’s a greater sense of depth, connection to the world and achievement when we broaden our horizons. xx

    1. Ha ha ha – I love it Caz! If that’s the case I should really be doing well since I wear glasses all the time. I’m afraid many of us (especially those of us who live with chronic illness) struggle with our memories. I know I do, and it’s really frustrating. I think the most important thing is to still have, as you said, “the desire to learn and develop.” I LOVE what you said about there being “a greater sense of depth, connection to the world and achievement when we broaden our horizons.” Sending hugs your way!

  2. One concept that has helped me is thinking about the Fixed mindset versus Growth mindset. I grew up hearing Fixed mindset messages such as “that’s not your talent, that’s just the way it is” and probably gave up sooner than I should have. I do believe people can learn and grow. I do try to keep learning everyday. Thanks for the post!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah! Fostering a Growth mindset can be so helpful for our wellbeing. Have you read Mindset by Carol Dweck? That was my introduction to the Growth mindset. It really did open my eyes to the fact that many of us have a Fixed mindset about so many things. Thanks for bringing this up! Blessings to you!

      1. Thanks so much Sarah! I just followed your blog. The first time I visited, it said it wasn’t up yet, so I’m glad it’s ‘live’ now. I look forward to reading it!

  3. I recently retired and this month I started 1000 piece puzzle to help me with problem solving. I need to start reading more and start with sudoku puzzles & crossword puzzles again. I am feeling overwhelmed with so much national news and am more selective on how much I watch.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah! Like you, I’m limiting how much news I watch. At this point, watching it too much/often can become overwhelming and could impact us negatively. I hope you’re enjoying your puzzle. You probably remember us doing puzzles at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Grandpa always hid one piece of the puzzle so he could put in the last piece.😁 Hugs!

  4. Great challenge Terri!
    In order to keep my professional registration, here in Australia we need to do so many hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so I have been doing courses & listening to some interesting research results that challenge previous professional paradigms.

    I’d love to hear about your exercise/cognitive challenge you’re doing 😉

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! It sounds like you’re keeping your mind nice and busy. The course I’m working on is called the Brain Health Trainer course, and it’s designed to help Personal Trainers incorporate the types of exercise (both physical and cognitive) that benefit brain health. It’s offered by the Functional Aging Institute, I hope your flare has settled down some for you. Blessings!

  5. I always strive to learn new things but lately since I’ve been working from home, I’ve noticed that I’m not as motivated to do so. Guess the comforts of home doesn’t really help to contribute to me getting motivated to learning new things. Call me crazy but after four months of working from home, I am anxiously waiting to go back to my job and work in an office setting. Always thought provoking posts Terri, kudos to you!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Mark! I think a lot of people share your sentiment about wanting to actually get back into an office setting. The office setting can help us feel more connected to our coworkers and provide motivation/stimulation that we might not have when we’re working from home I think. Thanks so much for your kind words – I appreciate you. I’m praying for you and your family through this hurricane. I hope you guys do well through it. Blessings to you!

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