There are many reasons a person’s cognitive function can be compromised. It could be due to a lack of restorative sleep, a deficiency in vitamins, not eating properly during the day, aging, a symptom of illness, a side effect from medication…the list can go on and on.
Like any muscles in the body, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Exercising the brain is so important, to help maintain and boost your cognitive function. It is important for EVERYONE. Especially for those of us who are unable to work or for those who are retired. Depending on your quality of life and lifestyle, you may not be exercising your brain the way you once did when you were part of the workforce or socially active. Regardless of our age or health status, we need to engage our minds in stimulating mental activities on a daily basis.
There are many ways to give our brains the exercise it needs, and we can make it interesting and fun!
Online puzzles and thinking game sites:
A puzzle site I enjoy the most is http://www.puzzles.com/. This site offers a TON of brain puzzles and games. You are not required to register, and best of all it’s fun! They offer difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert and more types of puzzles and games for your brain, than I could ever list in this one post 😉
To give you a bit of an idea, below are a few examples of what you will find on Puzzles.com:
Math ‘n’ Logic Puzzles
…and much, MUCH more! I hope you will check it out, and let me know what you think!
Any activity that switches your brain from “auto-pilot” mode to “thinking” mode will be beneficial in helping to “tone” your thinking muscle! So read about a topic that is unfamiliar to you, learning a new craft or hobby, do a crossword puzzle, or take a cruise around the internet and look up information that interests you.
What do you do to keep your mind in shape?
I look forward to reading your comments!
~ Gentle Hugs