Mind Games

Mind Games

Mental focus and acuity are essential to achieving successful results in all areas of our lives. Oftentimes, we’re so overworked and stressed that we run out of gas, both physically and mentally. However, keeping your mind sharp and focused can help you complete all of those important tasks with greater speed and efficiency. Here are a few helpful tips: Foods: Thereare mood-boosting foods and there are brain-boosting foods. Mood boosters are the things we love to eat (but shouldn’t too often!) for comfort or enjoyment: mac-n-cheese, chocolate chip cookies, chicken pot pie. But there are specific foods that we know have a direct line to helping the brain function. EatingWell.com reports that mind boosters include those foods rich in Omega-3 (fish, broccoli, flax seeds), which help with concentration. Foods that contain low-burning carbohydrates, like oatmeal and bran, keep you full and help you perform well with cognitive tasks. Activities: Reading, puzzles, and games like Scrabble have been proven to boost brain power according to Health.com. You can work a puzzle or play games with the family or loved ones in the evening for entertainment, bonding, and relaxing. Sleep: The right amount, and the quality of sleep, are both important for brain function.  According to this article written by Richard Stevens, experts say that sleeping in darkness is crucial to regulating your circadian rhythm. As the article points out, darkness helps regulate levels of the hormone leptin, which controls our hunger. Another factor that affects the quality of sleep is the color of light you have in the room, Stevens writes. Sunlight is blue—the same color as the light from...
5 Daily Practices to Nurture Your Spirit

5 Daily Practices to Nurture Your Spirit

Everyday you’re taking care of everyone. Your mind is always trying to stay one step ahead of what could happen. While planning ahead and being prepared is good, it can be draining. These five simple practices can help nurture you so that you feel your best while nurturing others. Quiet & Stillness Your quiet may come in the early hours of the morning while your family is still sleeping. You could find stillness while practicing yoga, running, gardening, fishing, cooking, cleaning or anything that quiets your mind. These moments are precious and inspired. Aim for them every day. Setting Intention All good practices begin with intention. Start your day with an intention of how you want to feel, what you wish to accomplish, how you will be helpful. Setting an intention kickstarts your mind and energy. Remember your intention throughout your day to help stay focused. Affirmation Similarly to setting an intention, affirm with positive messages to yourself. Cut out your favorite quotes and put them on your bathroom mirror. Pin them to your favorite Pinterest board, your refrigerator or your cubicle at work. These messages remind you of your goals and teach you to love what you’ve accomplished so far. Be in Nature A walk in the woods may not always be available to you but maybe a walk in your neighborhood park is. Take some time to soak in the sun, dance in the rain, smell the roses. Allow the outdoors to remind you of your playful inner child and nurture the part of you that doesn’t take life so seriously. Gratitude Keeping a gratitude journal is one...