I am very excited about the new Cranium Crunches group and even more excited that Boomeon decided to put the Daily Cranium Crunches puzzle and Cranium Crunches group in the Health category!
Playing games is good for your brain health in so many ways.
We have known for a long time that the best way to stay mentally sharp is to keep thinking. The “use it or lose it” principle is pretty sound – firing the electrical and chemical connections in your brain helps keep your brain’s pathways healthy and functioning at a higher level.
The oldest and most common method to keep mental sharpness and improve memory is practice, and even though practice may not make perfect the results sure beats the alternative. The hotly debated topic right now is what to practice. Are crossword puzzles and Sudoku enough or should we be doing more? Do you need to subscribe to a daily service to improve functioning?
My answer is simple: practice what you need and make it a game!
Try This: If you are having trouble finding everything you need to start your day successfully – your keys, your cell phone, wallet – practice focusing your attention on one thing and looking for it. Focused attention is not just blocking out sounds, smells, and other images. Sometimes focused attention means seeing things through the clutter of everyday life. Give yourself time, each day, and test strategies (ie. scan the room in a systematic way or try to isolate things of the same shape or color, or look for things out of place) to find what you need. Pay attention to what works and repeat it. Pay attention to what doesn’t work and think about why.
Many of the games we will post in this group every day will help you practice that skill in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Train yourself to pay attention to the details in a game…. That is something that makes a whole lot of sense and is easy to do!
Try This: Some days the words to use to describe something is beyond your grasp! Take the time you spend waiting -- on hold on the phone, standing in line at the grocery store, or waiting for your next appointment -- to practice. Look around you, find things -- a window, a painting, a shirt, a bus -- and try to think of three (3) names or terms for each thing. Say them out loud, say them in your head or, better yet, write them down. Practice digging for the right word and fighting until you get the perfect word. The best way to keep the words coming is to fire those electrical and chemical connections and keep them active.
The philosophy of this group is practice what you need and make it play!
Here, in a nutshell, is Cranium Crunches basic philosophy: Every day is a new puzzle – same basic picture with some slight variations. The challenge each morning is to:
- Pay attention to the details.
- Look for anomalies.
- Restore order.
Play is always better together! Invite your friends to join us and find the time to play along every day!
Ruth Curran's passion and area of intense study is the connection between the brain and daily functioning. Ruth built a business around using brain health as a way to increase engagement. She created a series of white-labeled, customizable, photo-based thinking puzzles, games, and Apps and writes about brain healthy living. Ruth’s primary focus is on using games and “play” to inspire players to imagine, use strategies, and focus as a path to better thinking, better functioning, and better quality of life. Ruth believes that everyone - no matter the stage of life - has the power to harness and use neuroplasticity to live a richer, deeper, and fuller life-- and brands can tap into that to provide meaningful engagement tools. Visit her at: Cranium Crunches and Brain Based Solutions, Inc.