One Secret to Success: Mental Agility

June’s Jabil Joules blog posts are dedicated to the topics of mental strength and mental agility. Visit often to read and learn more about mental strength and mental agility.

If you search “mental agility” via an Internet browser, you are presented with a buffet of resources – everything from the textbook definition to images to quizzes to determine your mental agility. Information on mental agility is readily available at your fingertips. So why are there so many Web pages dedicated to the subject of mental agility? Because of its importance in shaping and advancing success.

Agility is “the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly.” Mentally agile people move quickly and nimbly from subject-to-subject, a clear advantage in an environment like Jabil, where priorities can shift at a fast-pace.

If you’re feeling a bit lacking in the mental agility department, there are ways to improve and change your mental agility, and the methods may surprise you.

Mind-Body Connection

One way to increase your mental agility is to increase your physical activity. According to Healthline, “Physical activity increases the flow of oxygen to your brain and increases the amount of endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in the brain. For this reason, it’s not surprising that people who are in good physical shape also tend to enjoy a higher level of mental agility.”

The benefits of routine physical activity are extensive, and of those benefits, mental agility is included. Sophia Breene penned a Huffington Post article that outlines 13 mental health benefits of physical activity. Her lists is as follows:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Boost Happy Chemicals
  • Improve Self-Confidence
  • Enjoy the Great Outdoors
  • Prevent Cognitive Decline
  • Alleviate Anxiety
  • Boost Brainpower
  • Sharpen Memory
  • Help Control Addiction
  • Increase Relaxation
  • Get More Done
  • Tap Into Creativity
  • Inspire Others


Rich Davis famously said, “Long distance running is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” Of course, the incorrect mathematical portion of his quote is humorous, but the quote’s core highlights the importance of mental health in exercise.

Becoming More Mentally Fit

In the aforementioned Healthline article, author Erica Roth details approaches on becoming mentally fit, including being positive with yourself, trying something different, playing games, reading more and stop multitasking. Additionally, Roth proposes scheduling a “mental fitness break” in your calendar, similar to how you schedule a workout. As Roth puts it, “your mind and your health are worth it.”

Playing games or doing puzzles is a popular way to stay mentally agile. Newsmax shares that “doing things like logic puzzles, crosswords, or word searches helps improve memory, sharpen language or reasoning skills, and can open new pathways in your brain.”

Additionally, Travaasa, a travel and lifestyle blog, touts the benefits of continual education as a “proven way to maintain healthy brain activity and problem solving skills.” If you’ve contemplated picking up a new language or taking a class simply because the subject matter interests you, now’s the time. Learning throughout your life will keep your brain active and maintain its health and agility.

Newsmax also recommends making changes to your routine. Something as small as trying a new recipe, taking an alternate route home or switching which hand you use to brush your hair or teeth can build your mental agility. Making these minor changes help to create new paths and patterns in your brain, as reported by Newsmax.

Your diet can also affect your mental health, according to the Huffington Post. Eating foods that incorporate a variety of colors means that those foods have a variety of nutrients, ideal for brain health. Finding supportive friends to share meals with, cooking tips and recipes with helps you stick with your goal of eating foods that can positively contribute to your mental agility.

We want to hear from you:
How does having a high level of mental agility assist in your position at Jabil?
What do you do to stay mentally fit?

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