07 September, 2012

keeping your mind sharp

We exercise to keep our body strong and healthy. But it’s not only our body that needs our attention. Our brain also needs “exercise” to keep it alert. As early as now, I’m 35 turning 36 in exactly 3 days, I try to give my brain the exercise that it needs.

Here are some of the things that I do to hopefully keep my brain healthy and alert.

1. Board Games - I do this with my son every night. It’s our bonding time before going to sleep and aside from helping me get the “brain exercise” that I need, it helps my son use his “thinking cap” as well.

2. Books - I like espionage books, it makes my brain “excited”. Thriller and science fiction also does the same thing. When I read these books, my mind works overtime, ahead of what I’m actually reading.

3. Puzzle - I used to buy these huge puzzles -floor and building puzzles. But our condo is quite small so we don’t have a space for that now. I'm thinking of buying money puzzles, me and my son can use this in lieu of our before-bedtime chess game once in a while.

money-puzzle

4. Facebook Games - I play Bejeweled Blitz and Diamond Dash to keep my mind sharp. Other 3-in-a-row games will also do the trick.

Do you take care of your brain? What do you do to make it sharp, healthy and make sure that it’s still useful when you reach the “prime of your life”?

29 comments:

The Purple Doll said...

It's always important to stretch it and help keep our brains sharp. I actually love doing puzzles and playing board games. It's fun and it's helpful to the brain :)

Rocky Sunico said...

I'm in full support of brain-building activities...if only to justify a lot of my gaming, hahaha!

Franc Ramon said...

I love doing puzzles to keep my mind sharp.

Dhemz said...

I feel so guilty about not taking care of my brain well...I do board games and puzzles once in awhile...what my brain needed most is enough rest.

Orly Ballesteros said...

I agree with you the mind must stay sharper and your recommended activities help a lot. Thank you so much.

Marie said...

I do all those except for facebook games...my eye hurts.....how about a translation book? :/

jheylo said...

so true and this is surely what i need. I noticed that my brain isn't functioning like it used to anymore. i tend to forget a lot of things and i had to go back to a certain area just to be able to remember what needs to be remember. my brain definitely needs some exercise too.

tatess said...

I don't play facebook games.Blogging keeps my brain busy.I think and google alot when writing a post.

Adin B said...

Definitely keep the brain sharp or it'll get rusted, then it sure won't function well. LOL! Gotta eat something good for the brain as well. Especially when we get old, our brain gets old as well and we don't want to have an Alzheimer's for sure. Keep working that brain! :) hehehehe... It is like the saying goes, when you don't use it, you lose it.

Ane said...

I play Bejeweled Blitz and Sudoku on my phone whenever I can and I read a lot of books too, I read all kinds of genre but my favorite has got to be Fantasy or Thriller. :D

Look for The Last Refuge by Ben Coes, it's a sort of Espionage/Conspiracy type of book, it's great, you'll love it. :)

zoan said...

I love reading books and playing board games but i dont play fb games;) have you read john grisham?

Chie said...

Among mentioned brain exercise, FB games lang nagagawa ko. Lol. I like playing Tetris in Fb.

mas said...

You may want to check out lumosity.com. It's a great website on brain training. Lots of fun brain exercises to do.

shela said...

Thanks for sharing i definitely need these!!

RonSilvoza.com said...

cool share. everyone in our house is like addicted to bejeweled lol

cheers!

Jessica Cassidy said...

Happy birthday Sis :-) I am only 3 yrs older than you :-) I love to play puzzle, crosswords and board games especially with my kids. When we get old, it is hard to remember things
:-( this tips will help sharpen our mind :-)

Mel Cole said...

i always keep invited by friends to play bejewled and other games in Facebook. i seldomly play them though coz I get easily addicted. lol. thank you for the tips though!

MommyLES said...

I agree that we should sharpen our minds and just like you, I play games that will stimulate the brain cells. We have a game in our DS called Brain Game, it helps relieve my stress and enhance memory too.

United States said...

Me and my daughter enjoy playing with puzzles :)

Vernz@ Consumer Mom Talks said...

I'll go really for books :) had tons of them .. heheh..

Genny said...

We did the two but the book thing I am not into it just lazy buddy...

Bless said...

What you mentioned are really helpful to sharpen our minds and also helps in preventing dementia, if I am not mistaken. Suduko is another brain exercise as well :-)

Kaye Figuracion said...

We all need this no matter what age we are. Our brain cells need daily exercise too. Advance happy birthday to you!

archiedelara said...

Facebook Games... Maybe. just be selective which one really can sharpen mind...

musings of a working mom said...

i rarely had the time to play but when i does, i love playing with angry bird on hubby's phone, he he he

Mrs. Kolca said...

This is why I'm back to school! Thanks for dropping by sis! :)

Shengkay said...

korek mommy! I do exercise my mind too..
reading..word search...I play chuzzle! hehehe

marri said...

Healthy brains means healthy mind set... We can think positively, decide intelligently and these will yield to happy thoughts... joyful life.

Trish @ The All-around Mom said...

I stir clear of Facebook games for now--ubos oras kasi. :) But I love reading books--it's what I do on my free time.

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