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Empowering Women’s Minds: 7 Ways to Nurture Your Brain Health Today, Tomorrow, and into Your Future

“Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Do you enjoy watching television?

I do.

Television can be entertaining and instructive.

What about reading?

I am a bookworm, a bibliophile, a bookaholic!

Because I read so much in different genres, I have broadened my knowledge on various topics—not that I pretend to be the most intelligent person in the room—far from it!

But beyond entertainment, my thirst for knowledge has improved my skills in several areas.

“Empower” means to give someone the authority, power, or confidence to do something.

Empowerment refers to enabling individuals or groups (women) to take control of their own lives and make decisions that affect them.

Would you like to empower your mind?

Empowering your mind involves taking deliberate actions to enhance your mental capabilities, increase your knowledge, and develop a mindset that fosters growth, resilience, and positivity.

Nurturing brain health involves a combination of lifestyle choices, habits, and activities that support cognitive function and overall brain well-being.

In this article, I will discuss how to nurture your brain if you so desire and the benefits of doing so.

Here are seven (7) ways you can begin today to nurture your brain.

No. 1 Continuous Learning

Continuous learning means engaging in lifelong learning through courses and seeking new experiences to expand knowledge and skills.


  1. Enroll in Courses: You can take online courses or enroll in classes at local colleges or universities. Websites like Coursera, edX, and Udemy offer courses on various topics.
  2. Obtain Certifications: Stay updated with the latest trends and enhance your qualifications in your field.
  3. Read Books: Regularly read books, journals, and articles related to your interests or professional field.
  4. Listen to Podcasts and Audiobooks: Listen to educational podcasts and audiobooks during your commute or workout.
  5. Participate in Online Resources: In webinars and workshops to learn from experts and interact with peers.
  6. Follow Blogs and Online Communities: To stay informed and engage in discussions, follow industry blogs and join online communities (such as forums and social media groups).
  7. Attend Professional Development Conferences: Attend conferences and seminars. Join professional organizations and participate in their events and activities.

Cultivate a lifelong learning mindset. Be curious. Embrace challenges.

Benefits of Continuous Learning:

Continuous learning constantly develops new skills and knowledge throughout one’s life and offers numerous benefits across personal and professional areas.

Here are a few key advantages:

  1. Improved cognitive function.
  2. Enhanced self-esteem.
  3. Personal fulfillment.
  4. Career advancement.
  5. Increased employability.
  6. Improved problem-solving skills.
  7. Adaptation to technological changes.

No. 2 Emotional Intelligence

Improving your ability to understand and manage emotions and empathize with others leads to better interpersonal relationships and communications.

Improving emotional intelligence involves developing skills in four key areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Here are some practical ways to enhance each of these aspects:


  1. Reflective Practice: Spend time each day reflecting on your emotions and how they affected your thoughts and actions. Journaling can be a helpful tool for this.
  2. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practices like mindfulness meditation can help you become more aware of your emotional states and reactions.
  3. Seek Feedback: Ask for feedback from trusted friends or colleagues about how you come across emotionally. This can provide insights you might not notice on your own.
  4. Recognize Triggers: Identify situations or people that trigger strong emotional reactions and understand why they affect you.


  1. Stress Management Techniques: To manage stress effectively, use techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or exercise.
  2. Impulse Control: Practice pausing before reacting in emotionally charged situations. Count to ten or take a few deep breaths before responding.
  3. Set Goals: Define clear, achievable goals for emotional self-regulation and track your progress.
  4. Develop Resilience: Build resilience by focusing on solutions rather than problems, maintaining a positive outlook, and learning from setbacks.

Social Awareness

  1. Active Listening: Practice listening fully to others without interrupting, showing that you value their perspective.
  2. Empathy Building: Put yourself in others’ shoes to understand their feelings and viewpoints. Volunteering and helping others can also increase empathy.
  3. Observe Body Language: Pay attention to non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, gestures, and posture to understand others’ emotions better.
  4. Cultivate Curiosity: Show genuine interest in others’ lives and experiences, ask open-ended questions, and engage in meaningful conversations.

Benefits of emotional intelligence:

  1. Personal well-being.
  2. Stronger interpersonal relationships.
  3. Professional success, such as leadership skills and improved teamwork.
  4. Conflict resolution skills.
  5. Better academic performance.
  6. Enhanced social skills.
  7. Healthier lifestyle choices.
  8. Greater adaptability.

No. 3 Positive Mindset

Do you tend to be negative?

Cultivating a positive outlook on life, focusing on solutions rather than problems, and maintaining an optimistic attitude even in the face of challenges will benefit your overall well-being.

How You Can Create Positive Emotions:

  1. Concentrate on positive things. Focus on qualities and virtues, such as faith, hope, love, trust, security, communication, positive stimuli in life, recreation, and the will to live and have good health.
  2. Talk about positive things. Discuss encouraging experiences that help to keep one healthy, as pleasure can stimulate the immune system and strengthen the resistance to illness.
  3. Laugh. Researchers believe laughter may empower the immune system, underscoring the point in Proverbs 17:22: “A heart that is joyful does good as a healer.” Some hospitals have set up so-called “laughter rooms” where patients can play games, watch funny movies, and listen to jokes. Laughter can also mitigate anger.
  4. Seek the company of positive thinkers. Spend time with someone who knows you well, can remind you of your successes, and encourages you.
  5. Focus on helping others. If you have friends who feel depressed, ask how you can help them. Encourage others.
  6. Treat yourself compassionately. When feeling overwhelmed, sad, or other negative emotions, force yourself to walk, call a friend, or listen to music to ease your negative feelings.
  7. Forgive. The perfect antidote to harmful emotions caused by hurt feelings is forgiveness, as you replace negative feelings with positive ones.

(Source: A Family Caregiver’s Guide: 7 Secrets to Replace Negative Triggers with Positive Emotions—2019)

Benefits of a positive mindset:

  1. Improved physical health.
  2. Enhanced mental health.
  3. Greater emotional resilience.
  4. Enhanced quality of life.
  5. Better decision-making.

 No. 4 Physical Health

Maintaining physical health through regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and physical well-being are closely linked to mental health.

Tips to peak physical health:

  1. Regular physical activity. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, and include muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.
  2. A balanced diet: Focus on nutrient-rich foods. Be mindful of portion size to avoid overeating. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Reduce intake of processed foods and sugary drinks.
  3. Sufficient sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, create a restful environment, and avoid screens before bedtime.
  4. Healthy habits. Avoid harmful substances, avoid smoking, and refrain from recreational drugs.
  5. Social connections. Maintaining strong social connections with friends and family can positively impact physical health.
  6. Healthy environment. Ensure your living space is clean, safe, and free of harmful substances.

Benefits of maintaining good physical health:

  1. Improved cardiovascular health.
  2. Enhanced immune system.
  3. Better weight management.
  4. Increased strength and flexibility.
  5. Improved bone health.
  6. Reduced stress and anxiety.
  7. Better sleep.

No. 5 Resilience Building

Learn to bounce back from setbacks and failures by developing coping strategies and a growth mindset that views challenges as opportunities for development.

Tips to bounce back from failure:

  1. Acknowledge your feelings. Accepting and recognizing your emotions is the first step toward processing them.
  2. Analyze the failure and identify the cause.
  3. Reframe your mindset, shifting your perspective to view failures as steps toward success.
  4. Seek support. Find a mentor to provide guidance and be consistent.
  5. Practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself and avoid harsh self-criticism.
  6. Reflect and adjust.
  7. Stay resilient.
  8. Celebrate small wins.

By following these tips, you can turn failures into valuable lessons and continue progressing toward your goals.

Remember, failure is not the end but a part of the journey toward success.

No. 6 Creative Expression

Engage in creative activities such as writing, art, music, or other hobbies that stimulate the mind and allow self-expression.

Creative expression can take many forms, depending on your interests and available resources.

Here are several ideas across different mediums:

  1. Visual arts: Some examples include painting, drawing, and photography. (I have a friend that does beautiful artwork. I recently purchased one of her prints.)
  2. Writing: Poetry, short stories, journaling, scriptwriting, and blogging about a topic you are passionate about. My blogging topic is health wellness.
  3. Music: Songwriting, instrumental, singing.
  4. Applied arts: Fashion design.
  5. Outdoor activities: Gardening.

So much to choose from! So many ways for self-expression.

You do not have to be bored or feel unfulfilled.

(You might recall that one of our previous U.S. Presidents took up painting after leaving office and now sells his artwork for money!!)

It is never too late.

No. 7 Social Connections

Building solid and supportive relationships with family, friends, and the community provides emotional support and intellectual stimulation.

Building social connections involves several key strategies focusing on meeting new people, nurturing existing relationships, and maintaining a positive and open mindset.

Here are a few ways to build and strengthen social connections:

  1. Be Open and Approachable: Smile and make eye contact. Maintain open and relaxed body language to invite conversations.
  2. Join Groups and Clubs: Join clubs or groups that align with your interests, such as book clubs, sports teams, or hobby groups. Attend local events and meetups.
  3. Volunteer: Community service is an excellent way to meet people and give back to the community at the same time.
  4. Network Professionally: Attend conferences, seminars, and networking events in your professional field. Use LinkedIn and other professional networks to connect with colleagues and industry professionals.
  5. Engage in Online Communities: Social media groups like Facebook and Instagram are good ways to meet new people.
  6. Take Classes and Workshops: Enroll in educational courses and skill-based workshops.
  7. Reconnect with Old Friends: Reach out. Contact old and existing acquaintances.
  8. Host Gatherings: Dinner, game nights, parties.
  9. Be Authentic. Authenticity attracts genuine connections. Be yourself and share your true interests and values. Do not be afraid to show vulnerability; it can help build trust and deeper connections.

Building social connections means being proactive, open-minded, and genuinely interested in others.

You can create a robust and supportive social network by implementing these strategies.

So, there you have it!

Are you an older woman looking to empower your mind?

This article shares seven (7) ideas to get started.

By implementing these strategies, you can empower your mind and live a more fulfilling and successful life.

Now, do it!!

Key Takeaways

Empowering your mind is a holistic approach that involves nurturing intellectual and emotional faculties to achieve a balanced, fulfilled, and resilient life. You must:

  1. Engage in continuous learning.
  2. Improve your emotional intelligence.
  3. Cultivate a positive outlook on life.
  4. Maintain good physical health.
  5. Learn to bounce back when the going gets rough.
  6. Engage in creative activities of interest to you.
  7. Build and maintain social connections vital to your emotional well-being.

“Empowerment is a word that comes from liberty.”—Karol G.