What Is Intellectual Self Care?

Intellectual self care is about being curious and having a strong desire to learn.  Many of us are aware that our bodies need exercising, but our bodies are not the only part of us that needs exercise.  We also need to exercise our brains in order to have better problem solving skill in our lives.  Exercising our brains allows us to open up our minds and see that there is more than one way to do things in life.  It helps us develop new ideas and ways of thinking.  Through exposure to more experiences we become more creative.

Intellectual self care may initially bring back memories of grueling study sessions.  However, that doesn’t have to be the way you exercise your mind.  If you enjoy study sessions than by all means take a class and study.  Other ways you may wish to take care of yourself intellectually include:

  • Read a book, magazine, or newspaper
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Play a mental game such as Chess, Scrabble, or Risk
  • Do a Crossword, Fill In, Logic, or Wordfind Puzzle
  • Visit a museum
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Attend a play or musical performance
  • Learn a new language
  • Listen to NPR
  • Engage in a debate or intellectual discussion
  • Organize your environment to make it more comfortable and functional
  • Experiment with new ways of doing things
  • Get creative by doing art projects including knitting, sculpture, scrapbooking, soap making, etc.
  • Write a story

Here is a list of quotes to inspire you.  Inspiration is a good way to keep us motivated.  If you see a quote that inspires you, you can post it where you will see it regularly and continue to be inspired by it daily.


  1. The life which is unexamined is not worth living. – Socrates
  2. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever. – M.K. Gandhi
  3. All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.  – Billy Connolly
  5. The Intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.  – George Orwell
  6. To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.  – Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.  But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.  – Nelson Mandela
  8. Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent.  It implies thought and choice and power.  _ John Adams
  9. The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. – Mortimer Adler
  10. Rules and models destroy genius and art.  – William Hazlitt

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Intellectual Self Care Maven Board