Why You Need to Untangle Your Brain

Why You Need to Untangle Your Brain

Every night, I do crossword puzzles for a little while before bed. Thank goodness for Kindle and it’s practically unlimited apps! Crosswords help me transition from daily stress into nighttime serenity.  My husband totally gets why I have to keep the light on at least twenty more minutes after he turns in.

Every day, I switch mental gears and recharge by watching game shows. I eat lunch while watching my recording of the previous night’s Jeopardy! No matter what craziness is going on with my work, game shows help me use different parts of my brain, embrace my inner competitor and have a little fun.

When I had my brain injury in 2008, puzzles and games were big parts of my rehab. They helped me get my cognitive edge back and sped up my brain gears to react faster. I am convinced that if I had not discovered Lumosity or returned to my word games and crossword puzzles, my recovery would have taken longer and been less effective.

These games helped me unstick my brain from neutral into drive.  Conversely, at night, they helped me downshift my busy-bee mind into park.

It’s common knowledge that sleep is the key to mental acuity and brain health. When the stresses of the day bear down on you too much, and that hamster just won’t get off its wheel, find out what you need to untangle your anxious thoughts so you can be healthy, happy and more creative.

We all need to untangle our brains. At night, we need to do so for sound sleep. By day, we need to unstick our brains to tackle tough challenges and find new, creative ideas.

Famous people whom we admire for accomplishing great things often have their own brain untangling methods. For example,  Einstein played the violin and piano as a way to brainstorm and find solutions. There is also strong evidence that doodling helps you focus and unleash your creativity.

Studies show that our brains work best and generate new ideas when we use different parts of them. A 2015 University of Haifa study showed: The researchers hypothesized that for a creative idea to be produced, the brain must activate a number of different – and perhaps even contradictory – networks.

Find ways to untangle your brain and make them a part of your daily habits and nighttime rituals. If you can master this, you will be happier, healthier, AND more present, productive and creative.

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Other articles you may enjoy on this topic:

How Our Brains Work When We Are Creative: The Science of Great Ideas

Too Stressed to Sleep? How to Turn Off Your Brain Before Bed

What’s your favorite untangling ritual? Tweet me and let me know, or post it to the Facebook page!

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