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Schools Out: 10 Ways I Keep My Mind Sharp In Summer (#10 is Delicious…)

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Couple having fun during the summer

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for school to end and summer vacation to begin.

Those last few weeks of class were torture as I would stare out the window at the nice weather, desperately waiting until I could slam my books shut, toss my backpack in the closet, and run around with my friends. 

I actually had a running joke with my family anytime an educational topic would come up: 

“Sorry, Mom—I turned my brain off for the summer.” 

Well, that was a looong time ago, and now I have almost the opposite desire.

Around our house, school helps keep our family on a routine. Keeping schedules, doing projects, and helping with homework helps me stay ‘on top of things.’ 

But in the summer, our schedules relax a little, and I can feel my mind wander a bit more than usual.  

This isn’t exactly a bad thing, but as I’m getting older, I definitely pay more attention to my mental health than I used to. 

Here are ten ways I keep mentally fit during the summer. 

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2. Regular Physical Exercise

Couple doing yoga outside in the sun

Exercise isn’t just for my body; it’s great for my brain, too. Activities like jogging, swimming, or even a daily walk increase blood flow to the brain, promoting neurogenesis and enhancing cognitive function.

“Neurogenesis” is the creation of new neurons in the brain. This process starts during infancy and continues in specific brain areas throughout our lives but can sometimes stall as we get older.

3. Mindfulness and Meditation

Mature woman with laptop meditating at home.

Mindfulness and meditation help reduce my stress, improve concentration, and enhance memory. I set aside a few minutes daily to practice deep breathing, guided meditation, or mindful activities.

I use the Calm app for guided meditation, but if you’re new to the practice, you can also use many other tools. 

4. Learning Something New

Man learning how to play the guitar

Summer is a perfect time to pick up a new hobby or skill. Over the years, I’ve studied Spanish, learned to play the guitar, and taken an online course from the community college where I live. 

5. Being Socially Active

Smile, park and portrait of group of women enjoying bonding, quality time and relax in nature together.

Engaging with friends and family, joining clubs, or participating in community activities helps keep my mind sharp. Social interactions stimulate cognitive functions and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Especially during summer, I like to host dinner parties and BBQs with friends and family. 

6. Getting Adequate Sleep

Woman Stretching after a great sleep

Quality sleep is crucial for my cognitive function. I aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to allow my brain to rest and rejuvenate. Good sleep hygiene practices significantly impact memory and learning.

7. Playing Brain-Training Games

Friends playing chess game on chess board for strategy

Numerous apps and games are designed to challenge my brain and improve my cognitive skills. I enjoy puzzles, card games, or strategy-based games to engage my mind.

8. Reading Regularly

Man reading a wonderful book

Reading books, articles, or even blogs stimulates my brain, improves my vocabulary, and enhances my comprehension skills. I make a summer reading list and dive into new and interesting topics.

I’m currently reading “The Women” by Kristin Hannah. It’s sometimes super intense, but I can’t put it down.  

9. Staying Hydrated

Smiling active couple holding water bottles

Dehydration can negatively affect my cognitive abilities. I ensure I drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep my brain functioning optimally.

You will never find me without my oversized water bottle. 

10. Eating a Brain-Healthy Diet

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You didn’t think I’d write a whole blog post about mental fitness without giving you one of my favorite brain-boosting recipes, did you? 

I incorporate brain-boosting foods into my diet, such as fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, and seeds. These foods are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients essential for brain health.

Brain-Boosting Salmon and Kale Salad


• 2 salmon fillets
• 1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped
• 1 avocado, diced
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Optional: fresh dill or parsley for garnish


Prepare the salmon:

• Preheat your grill or oven to 375°F (190°C).
• Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
• Place the salmon on the grill or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Grill or bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with a fork. Set aside to cool slightly.

Massage the kale:

• Add the chopped kale to a large bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt.
• Massage the kale with your hands for about 2-3 minutes until it becomes tender and slightly wilted.

Prepare the dressing:

• In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

Assemble the salad:

• Add the cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and walnuts to the massaged kale. Toss to combine.
• Flake the salmon into large pieces and gently mix into the salad.

Dress the salad:

• Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all ingredients.


• Transfer the salad to serving plates. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 2 Servings

Per Serving: 700 calories, 50g fat, 26g carbohydrates, 40g protein, 6g sugar, 9g fiber

This recipe is packed with omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, which are excellent for brain health, along with antioxidants and vitamins from the kale, avocado, and tomatoes. 

This recipe is perfect for a light, refreshing, nutritious summer meal.

By incorporating these activities and habits into my summer routine, I can keep my mind sharp and enjoy a mentally stimulating season.

Until next time…

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