You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!
The following exercise will help you pick a scent that you can associate with being in a creative mood. Whenever you need to get back into that mood, you can use the scent to get you there.
Find an unusual scent and make it into a scent canister. Browsing the spice aisle at the supermarket is a good way to find new scents. The first step is to condition yourself to associate this scent with being in a creative mood. It will take several weeks to accomplish this. Whenever you are feeling particularly creative or mentally productive, take a whiff from your scent canister to associate the smell with your mood.
After a while, the association will be so strong that the scent will act like a trigger to help you bring out your most creative self.
noun :: Shade; shadow; obscurity; hence, that which affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage.
noun :: The feeling of being overshadowed; jealousy of another, as standing in one's light or way; hence, suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.
"The teacher took umbrage at the rudeness of her students."
The next time you are going to perform a task such as walking the dog, doing the laundry, or cleaning the dishes, put some earplugs in and do the activity without your sense of hearing. This will force you to use your other senses to complete the task, which will cause new associations to be formed. In addition, this will give your senses of smell and touch a chance to help out. Pay attention to how much information you usually get from hearing and what parts of the task are difficult without sound.
When you are under stress try this short exercise to put things in perspective. It might make your problem seem less stressful.
Mentally rewind your life ten years and remember what you were like at that time. Try to imagine how your current problem would have seemed back then. Would it have been as important? Now fast-forward ten years into the future and imagine how your life might be like. How important is your current problem to your future self? Chances are your current problem may seem insignificant to your future self and this might change your perspective on how you view your problem today.