Life can get pretty hectic at times between work and family life that you sometimes forget to look after your own well-being. Finding ways to incorporate some easy activities into your routine that will ultimately be good for your brain by keeping it active is certainly worth incorporating.
Picking up a book and immersing yourself into the story is a good way to keep your brain active. Just focusing on the words on the page as your brain processes what is going on is already making it work hard to digest the information and focus its attention on remembering the finer details of what you have just read. It also provides a great break from staring at a cell phone or laptop screen if you are reading a physical book as opposed to on a tablet or kindle.
Writing Things Down on Paper
You can’t beat writing things down the traditional way with pen and paper. Though it might be easier to make notes on your cell phone or laptop there are studies that have shown that you actually retain and process the information better when you physically make notes. So grab your nearest notepad and get into the routine of making notes with pen and paper.
Doing a Creative Task
Even if you think you are terrible at drawing or being creative in general, you should still give it a go. You don’t need to create a masterpiece. Just the skill of trying to draw something from memory or visualize what your creative piece will look like when finished is already stimulating your brain cells.
Solving puzzles that include thinking up words or trying to find links between them such as word trip answers is a good way to keep your brain active and focused on a task. With puzzle books, apps, and online sites it is really easy to play a word game when you have a spare moment.
Calculate Sums In Your Head
It can be really tempting to solve simple math sums on your smartphone, but try to work out these sums in your head instead, to keep your mind active. When you are in a store and are trying to work out the discount price of an item or want to have an idea of how much your shopping will cost, try to do the sums in your head instead of automatically reaching for your cell phone.
Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are another fun activity you could do that does not involve screen time. They help you to analyze, improve memory retention and work on your problem-solving skills whilst you try to organize the pieces together and imagine how the finished puzzle will look. So if you have not attempted one of these in a while then look around at home for one when you want a relaxing but stimulating activity.
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