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Brain Boosters-October Anagrams

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Wow, we are almost at the mid point of October and Halloween is just around the corner! As we enter the holiday season, remember how important it is to take care of your health and your brain! Speaking of the brain it’s time to exercise your brain, form new brain pathways, build your cognitive reserve, challenge yourself,  engage in new learning!  Become a lifelong learner, and take advantage of your brain and neuroplasticity skills through new learning.  We are never too old for new learning or too young to begin building our cognitive reserves!  Let’s try some anagrams today. Create as many new words as you can from the following words.

First, go grab a healthy snack-blueberries, strawberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, veggie sticks, dark chocolate, paired with a healthy beverage-green tea, water, red wine. I just had some walnuts and iced green tea. Ready? Here are your words.








Remember to exercise your body as well! Physical exercise helps pump blood throughout your body-including your brain. Studies have shown that by walking just 35 minutes a day at least 3 days/week it’s possible to increase the size of your hippocampus, which may correlate to improved memory skills! So, get up, leash that dog and take a walk!

Brain Boosters-How About More Anagrams?

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I sincerely hope by now that all your shopping is complete! If not, good luck and remember to address your stress! Holidays can be stressful and especially if you still have things to do to prepare. If you need to reduce your stress level, I recommend trying some diaphragmatic breathing techniques or refer to our blog article on memory breathing.  If you want to try the deep diaphragmatic breathing, simply find a quiet place to relax-sometimes that’s the biggest challenge!  I understand, I have 3 kids and a fluffy child (miniature poodle). Anyway, inhale through your mouth while expanding your diaphragm. Hold the breath a few seconds-try for at least 5, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. This is designed to help relieve stress and help you relax. Isn’t that what we all need at this time of year?

Now that you’re relaxed are you ready to exercise your brain? I have my cup of green tea so yourself  grab a cup of green tea, coffee,  or hot cocoa with some spiced or plain walnuts, almondsdark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds-yummy, apple slices with cinnamon, strawberries, or blueberries and let’s workout. Let’s try more anagrams with a holiday theme. Remember, anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office buddies and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!












Did You Know That Yes You Can Improve Your Memory Using Breathing Techniques?

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Yes, you read that correctly! It is possible to improve your memory skills through use of certain breathing techniques. Most notably your spatial memory skills. After all, who doesn’t want improved memory skills? You may wonder what are spatial memory skills? Well, spatial memory skills enable us to keep track of things in our environment. Spatial memory skills help us remember where we put things we can and can’t see. Ever have trouble recalling where you left your car keys? Try these breathing exercises!

*First, sit upright with your head, neck, and spine in a straight line.

*The breathing sequence is: first-inhale through your left nostril while your right nostril is closed with your right thumb, second- hold your breath (both nostrils should be closed), third- exhale through the right nostril while the left nostril remains closed with the right ring and pinky fingers. Use a ratio of 2:8:4 counts/seconds.

*Now repeat the sequence breathing in through your right nostril first.

*After each nostril has completed an inhale and an exhale, you have completed one round. Begin with three rounds per day, and slowly build up to twenty rounds.

*Try to extend your count from 2:8:4 to 4:16:8!

Try this exercise for at least one week to enjoy and experience the benefits of this breathing technique. Let us know how you do and what benefits you reap!

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