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!
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.
When you come to the time when you must deal with the worry, get out a clean piece of paper and write the worry at the top of the page. Below this write down your goal or what you want to happen. To continue the example above you may write down, "I want my boss to approve my proposal." Now, draw a line down the middle of the page. In the left column write down all the barriers and obstacles that stand in the way of you achieving your goal. In the right column, write down all of your skills and resources that can help you achieve your goal.
On the back of the paper, write down all the ways that you can use the items in the right column to overcome the obstacles in the left column. At the end of the exercise you will have lessened your worries and will have a plan for how best to proceed towards achieving your goal.
Suppose you can't get to sleep because you are worrying about a meeting with your boss later in the week. Pick up your notebook and write down that worry. Now, set a time in the future and promise yourself that at that time you will review what you are worrying about and make a decision. This should help resolve the present worry and put it off to the designated time. An added benefit of this is that during the interim, your subconscious mind will have time to process the problem and come up with potential solutions. This is very similar to how the 'Letter to Yourself' technique works.
Stress comes in three flavors: physical, emotional, and behavioral. A physical stress might be an injury, an annoying sound or an uncomfortable chair. Emotional stress includes things like fighting with a friend, or the death of a loved one. Behavioral stress might come from alcohol, caffeine, or poor sleep.
Looking at these areas and taking a step back to look at the bigger picture may help someone understand where their stress is coming from. For example, someone who feels tense all the time may not realize that it's because of poor sleep due to noisy neighbors (behavioral and physical stress). A good pair of earplugs may make all the difference in the world! Try examining the various parts of your life to see if you can find something that might be causing stress. Experiment to see if eliminating the stressor makes you feel better.
To reverse these symptoms and help yourself feel better, try rubbing your hands together vigorously until you have worked up some good heat. Now, do some simple finger and wrist stretches. Twist your wrists around or interlock your fingers and push your palms away from you to get a good stretch. If you frequently get cold hands, you may want to get some thin gloves to wear. If you cant wear gloves because you need to type, you can easily make some typing gloves by cutting off the fingers. This will keep your hands warm and allow you to type.
Of course, cold hands and feet don't necessarily mean that you are under stress. You may have a circulatory problem such as Raynaud's disease, or you may simply be cold. If in doubt, ask your doctor.
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