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Mentalrobics®

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!

sop

noun :: A conciliatory bribe, gift, or gesture.

"The sop was so good that Levin gave up the idea of going home." --Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

 



Previously we talked about short-term memory and about how you can test it yourself.

Now, Braingle has an interactive short-term memory test that you can use to find your limit. It can also keep track of your results from day to day, so as you use our memory improvement exercises you will be able to see your improvement.

 



Stress has many physiological affects on the human body. As we have already learned, certain types of stress can be good, but too much stress can lead to all sorts of problems.

The first thing that stress does is to cause the adrenal glands to start secreting adrenaline and epinephrine. These hormones are produced to help use get ready to fight or run away from a threat. Fortunately, we don't face mortal danger on daily basis anymore; but unfortunately, this means that these hormones just make use feel a lot of anxiety.

The "flight or fight" reaction also causes our body to have an increased metabolism. Your heart rate increases, your breathing speeds up, you start sweating, and your blood sugar levels increase. If you are temporarily escaping from a lion this is a good thing, but if you are living your life in a constant state of stress, this can lead to some serious problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Additionally, the body turns off certain unessential functions. After all, if you are running away from a lion there is really no point in wasting energy with things like digestion, reproduction and growth. This is exactly why highly stressed people get ulcers, have trouble getting pregnant and under extreme conditions have stunted growth.

Finding and eliminating stressful parts of our lives is important, but for short term relief, relaxation exercises can be a big help.

 



One technique for becoming lucid in a dream is to try to read something. For some reason, words are very impermanent in the dream world and often change between glances. Find some writing and read it. Then look away and read it again. If the words stay the same, then you are probably awake. If the words change, then you are certainly asleep.

To get in the habit of performing this test, you will need to do it when you are awake. This could be as simple as looking at your digital watch twice whenever you check the time. If you are dreaming, the numbers will change between glances.

Another way to do this is to take a business card and write, "Am I dreaming?" on the back. Keep this card in your pocket and take it out from time to time. Read the question and then flip the card over. Wait a second and flip it back. If the question has changed, then you are dreaming and can become lucid.

 





 

 



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