Most of you probably like the familiarity and satisfaction of your current brain game fitness routine. People will often share with me the types of activities they have done for decades or on a regular basis every day. One of the best things you can do is to keep your mind open to new possibilities. When it is suggested that they consider branching out into something else, I often hear some reluctance.
CREATE A NEW BRAIN ENHANCEMENT ACTIVITY:
It is likely that my fascination with word games began by playing Scrabble in grade school with my mom. Not only am I a speech-language pathologist, but I have created several puzzle and brain teaser products which were designed to be used in therapy for those experiencing language and cognitive deficits. These have also become a bridge for many to try some new word games.
To get started on something new, consider taking a look at the answers and come back to the puzzle or word game later. Over a period of time it is likely you will begin the learning process if it is something that appeals to your interest for a new challenge. Remember it is not about having to be totally correct. It is about expanding your options over a period of time.
TO DO THIS WEEK:
Try to be open to looking at some word games or puzzles you have not done before. Perhaps you have never done a word search or crossword puzzle before. Do it with another person. Have some fun and be open to the possibilities. If the puzzles are easy for you, upgrade the activity by using your other hand to fill in the information. Here are some sample reminiscence puzzles to try: Fill-in, Word Searches, Crossword Puzzles, and Brain Teasers. If you really want a challenge, try some of the sample pages from Putting the Pieces Together.
“Face a challenge and find joy
in the capacity to meet it.”