Human beings are definitely guilty of being creatures of habit. Once we find a way to achieving satisfactory results doing things a particular way, we tend to stick with repeatedly doing things exactly that way every time we are required to do it. For example, think of how you travel to work every day. If you are like most people, you have settled on a particular route which you take every day without fail.
But what would happen if you woke up one morning to find that roadworks were blocking your usual route to work.
If you have totally relied on that one particular route, you may very well be clueless as to what other alternative routes are available to you. This scenario would result in you experiencing a high degree of stress and pressure as you anxiously attempt to find out a different way to get to work on time. Meanwhile, those who have many different routes available to them have a number of alternatives from which to choose. As a result, they are able to quickly adapt to the situation, recalculate and experience little to no stress in the process.
Mental flexibility involves having more than one way of doing a particular thing. Not only does it make life easier by increasing the options available to you, it is very healthy for your brain when you build new neural pathways. You do this whenever you explore new ways of doing the same thing. In addition, it is also a good idea to try new things which are far outside your usual comfort zone. If you generally like rock music, for example, go to an opera. If you are generally only into indoor activities, go for a hike or even a parachute jump.
Shaking up your synapses and mentally challenging yourself in this way in an amazing way to increase your mental flexibility. This will enable you to adapt to the inevitable obstacles that will experience in an infinitely more productive way.