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Clearing the Fog in Your Brain

By Donna Stark

Have you felt like you have been living in a great fog the past several months? Have you been feeling stagnant or maybe just a little "off"? Well, you might be happy to know that you are not alone! Many people are feeling the same way as you are and some have even found the key to breaking free of that dense cloud surrounding their days. Want to know how they escaped? They've turned to mental stimulation and they did it by engaging in the following activities. Take a look at the suggestions below and get ready to become free of that fog yourself!


Don't think of puzzles as being only those tiny odd-shaped pieces you need to put together to make a pretty picture. Puzzles come in many different forms. From the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper to word finds to sudoku to even those you can download on your phone, there are plenty of options to choose from. Try to do one or two a day to keep your mind sharp.

Checkers and Chess

You can count on a good game of checkers or chess to improve your problem-solving abilities and memory, to increase your brain's ability to think and react quickly, and to boost your focus and attention skills. These games will definitely give your brain a good workout because both sides of your brain are engaged and fired up while you play them.


You may be surprised at how many benefits you have been missing out on by not reading that book you have been putting off, so go ahead and grab it now! Reading helps to improve the health of your brain, decreases the risk of cognitive decline, reduces stress and anxiety, and increases creativity! It's super helpful for the crossword puzzles you are doing too because you may end up learning new words every day!

Dance and Music

Learning to dance or play an instrument has been shown to have numerous positive effects on the brain.  The process of learning either one helps promote the growth and maintenance necessary for learning and memory. It can also protect your brain from aging and decrease the risk of dementia. But the best part about dancing or playing an instrument is that they generally involve other people, so you can get your heart filled by socializing with your friends too!

Breaking Free From the Fog

Are you looking forward to clearer (and more fun) days ahead? Finding something you enjoy doing that also stimulates that beautiful brain of yours is the best way to shed some light in your life and clear out all the fog surrounding you!

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