We hate to break it to you, but there is such a thing as too much Netflix. While working from home can seem like code for catching up on all your favorite shows, it’s all too easy to feel like your brain has turned into mush after a few hours (fine, days) of staring at a screen.
So what should you do instead? (You know after you’ve done all your work.) You could listen to podcasts, play board games, and devour that stack of books on your nightstand. However, brain games are another activity to add to your to-do list. Not only can brain games help pass the time, but they can also be good for you. Brain games can help improve cognitive skills —such as decision making and short-term memory—that can dwindle over time.
Ready to turn off the television and give your brain some TLC? Check out these cerebral options below. From physical games to downloadable apps, there’s something here for everyone.
Sudoku has been one of the most beloved brain games for the past 40 years—and for good reason. In addition to being addictive, this numbers-based game can improve your mood, memory, and concentration. If you want to give Sudoku a try, add this book to your Prime e-cart. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Sudoku novice or expert: This option has something for everyone.
Or, if you want to keep your screen time to a minimum, keep it old school with a puzzle. Not only do they provide endless fun for the whole family, but puzzles can also increase the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that can control mood, memory, and concentration. When you’re done, you can always frame it and turn this brain game into home décor.
The Thinking on Brain Games. Harvard Health Publishing. October 2019
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