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4 Tips to Help Keep Your Brain Active

By Stephen R. Farris

It's been a rough couple of years, and most of us may be sinking due to financial constraints, physical ailments, and the mental strain of dealing with life in general. Despite these crises, we should, at the very least, help keep our brain as active as possible in order to better deal with the deluge that life can dish out.

If you have a smartphone -- which the majority of us do -- there are plenty of apps available to help keep our brains active, sharp, and possibly bring us out of anxiety or depression. Some of these apps are free, however, some of them may require a fee. Here are a few that could help give those brain cells a good workout.


Lumosity provides users with daily challenges for both kids and adults. The app challenges users in the areas of concentration, mindfulness, and cognitive ability. Lumosity offers a basic subscription for free, but to unlock full features, a fee of $11.99 per month is required.


Duolingo is a great app when it comes to learning a new language. And we all know that learning a new language is challenging to the brain. Duolingo is free and offers over 35 languages to choose from. However, you can pay a monthly fee to access more features. I like this app, and I've used it before. It offers daily lessons and sends you reminders each day to push you toward your next lesson.


If you're dealing more with anxiety, then Calm might be the app for you. Calm offers mind exercises, meditations, music, and sleep stories that could help lessen those feelings of anxiety, and help improve sleep. Calm is available -- like most apps -- for free, but with only a few features. A monthly subscription of $14.99 a month can unlock the full menu of features offered by Calm.

Psychology Compass

This app could help you to overcome your anxiety, enhance your memory, enhance learning, and improve your leadership skills. It's kind of an all-in-one app, so to speak. There's no mention of a free basic version, so you'll have to subscribe for $20 per month.

Other apps you can research on the internet to see if they fit your needs are Headspace, Ten Percent Happier, Insight Timer, Ted, Forest, and Words With Friends.   

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rocklin, Calif.

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