Maintaining the sharpness of your mind is very important, more especially now. Although the outbreak of Covid is sorta winding down, most people are still not receiving the daily stimulation they once had from populated offices, vigorous happy hours, and social events with family and friends.

So to avoid falling into “pandemic fog” experts recommend playing games at home to allow your brain to work out often.

Why is this important?

Studies have shown that brain games are important for many reasons:

  • They can help enhance concentration, memory, and focus.
  • They can assist us with being more present in our day-to-day activities.
  • While there is no evidence that states that brain games can prevent dementia and age-related cognitive decline, more and more studies reveal that they may delay or slow them down.

That said, it’s important to note that family feud questions and the games you select become more challenging and vary every time you play. If you play the same game time and time again, the mind won’t be challenged enough and will start to operate on autopilot.

Another alternative to brain games is that you can challenge your brain by changing your regular tasks or routines. For instance, if you take your puppy for a walk at the same time every day, attempt to take a different direction some other time. You’ll want to challenge both sides of your brain by playing the following games:

Scrabble

Apart from taking out the competitive spirit in anyone from any age, this word game is a classic and works to enhance your vocabulary and teaches your mind to focus on a single task. With a complete dictionary full of words you can choose from, every round is unique, you’ll never get tired of playing this game, it’s been around for decades since 1948.


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Sagrada

Sagrada is known as a dice placement game. It’s in between a brain teaser and a competitive board game. The game aims to carefully build a stained glass window by placing the dice according to the shade and color while adhering to several restrictions. Users have said, they have a lot of fun playing Sagrada so much that they dreamed about glass dice during the night.

Rummikub

This fast-moving and easy to learn game combines both strategy and luck. Players take turns to place numbered tiles in groups and runs, in a rummy style. As the board shifts, players can adapt their tiles until all the tiles on their rack are gone. This game can assist to sharpen your pattern recognition, planning, and sequencing skills.

Jigsaw puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are fantastic because they train both the right and left sides of your brain at the same time. To solve a puzzle you need to use your intuition, creativity, and logic, because of this, it’s easy to get lost trying to solve them.

To start with, there are many genuine puzzle brands in the market you can use, starting with new artists from all over the world.

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