We all worry about it, we even joke about it.  How many times have you uttered the words, “ugh, I must be losing my mind”.  Every time we forget where we parked our car we question it.  A lot of what we are afraid of concerning brain power is within our control.  In fact, experts just came out with a top 5 list of ways to train our brains.

Mental health is one thing but right now we are talking about mental fitness.  Yes, I’m asking you to take your brain to a sort of imaginary gym.  When I was a little girl, I would wake up in the mornings to see my Grandma Jeanne having her cup of coffee, unfiltered Pall Mall cigarette, and working on her crossword puzzle.  Now, I’m not recommending the smokes, but I am telling you there was something to that crossword puzzle.  My Grandma was sharp as a tack and no doubt it was because those puzzles exercised her brain.

The experts at SolitaireBliss have shared the top 5 list of brain training and memory improvement activities that will sharpen your noggin and help you keep it that way. Some of these you will expect, some you won’t. 

 

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  1. Jigsaw puzzles

The benefit of puzzles is that they are available for all ages and they will test your brain cells and improve mental speed at any age.

 

Online puzzles are just as mentally stimulating and can also help increase concentration and attention levels as well as enhance moods.

 

Puzzles are also an incredible way to eliminate stress and reduce anxiety because you have to concentrate to play effectively.  

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 Card games

Card games are the perfect way to work on improving problem-solving and strategy skills.

Playing cards are proven to delay memory decline. Similar to puzzles, card games are therapeutic for people who may struggle with social anxiety. You can play with others without having to enterain.

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 Knitting

This is going to surprise you!  Knitting is a great way to keep all brain parts active and engaged. The calming act of knitting helps reduce anxiety, and has fantastic benefits like eliminating emotional stress.  I see more and more young people knitting and I've gotten some great scarfs out of it!

Not only does knitting allow a great sense of achievement when the project is finished, but it's also a great way to increase dopamine and serotonin, which promote the body's happy hormones.

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 Chess  

Chess is the perfect way to challenge the mind and keep critical thinking at the forefront of the brain. The ancient game helps to develop pattern recognition, analytical thinking, exercise logic, and improve memory.

Albert Einstein was known to be an expert at the game and that is enough evidence for me. 

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 Online apps/websites

Surprised to hear it is healthy to be on your phone?  In this day and age where we are glued to technology and our phones, it is common for our minds to stay inactive and unengaged with all our hours of mindless scrolling, which is why brain training apps are perfect for everyday use by their ease of accessibility.

Some of the most popular ones for brain training are SolitaireBliss, Lumosity, Elevate, CogniFit and NeuroNation.

SolitaireBliss says,

Not only are all these braining training activities beneficial by engaging cognitive skills, but they can help to prevent the early onset and reduce progression rates of Alzheimer's, dementia, and other memory-affecting diseases.

Maybe I'll start knitting on the Stairmaster?

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