I suppose all of us are victims of something or the other, so this is not a panacea for all types, but for some of the most common types anyway.
- Stop watching TV. Unless your idea of entertainment happens to be shows hosted by Carl Sagan or Sir David Attenborough, turn the idiot box off. It does nothing for your mind. Especially if you’re young and impressionable. Remember that the average TV show glorifies mediocrity and caters to the lowest common denominator and in the long run will only diminish your cerebral capabilities.
- Turning off the TV should disable this, but in case you’re a true believer, stop paying attention to sports. Watching multimillionaires tussle over possession of an object, once again, does absolutely naught for your brain. At best, you can indulge in cerebral sports like chess. Contact sports of any kind are so horrifyingly bloodthirsty and primitive, you might as well be a barbarian. Oh wait…
Start reading. I don’t mean appalling tabloids that cover the latest stars’ pregnancies in excruciating detail, but quality literature instead. It might open your mind to new perspectives, and at the least, will improve your diction and grammar.
Those would be the top 3. I’m sure many will accuse me of being a killjoy, but if your only source of joy is TV shows and organized sports, you might as well throw in the towel. Man had pastimes before the advent of TV and millionaire sport leagues, I’m sure we can discover them again.