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Doctors Say If You Can Find YOURNAME In This Puzzle, You Have Better Mental Health

Doctors Say If You Can Find YOURNAME In This Puzzle, You Have Better Mental Health

One of the biggest problems we have as we age is a decline in mental functioning. We start to forget things more easily, our comebacks aren’t as snappy, and we generally feel our thinking is more sluggish. If you want to know how to improve mental health and slow down our mental decline, you have to try this puzzle!

Look at the puzzle below first and see if you can find your name.

puzzle to improve mental health

    Were you able to find it? It’s actually in there 3 times. Did you catch all 3?

    If you didn’t find it, don’t fret – your name isn’t actually in there… “yourname” is!

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    Confused?

    Look again, but this time look directly for the word “yourname”. It’s found 3 times in different positions.

    Check your answers against this solution:

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      These kinds of crossword puzzles are good for your health. They are the top recommended puzzle by doctors for keeping mental health in tip-top shape.

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      One of the biggest reasons is the lack of multi-tasking (multi-tasking isn’t even a real thing – you’re simply task switching and it’s hurting your productivity, but that’s for another article!) Because you aren’t multitasking during a puzzle, you can focus on one thing. Multitasking puts the frontal lobe of your brain under large amounts of stress, and single tasking eliminates that stress (as long as you’re doing something fun and engaging.)

      When our bodies are under stress, they release a chemical called cortisol. Too much cortisol can cause a lot of damage to your body if not properly managed.

      They’re a fun way to beat boredom once in a while, too. They can help us unwind and relax at the end of a stressful day. If you incorporate this puzzle activity into your routine, you’ll start to have a better overall mental health. Just turn off the technology, kick back, and relax for 10-15 minutes with a good puzzle (or more, if you’re feeling it!)

      Additionally, if you didn’t have enough with the last puzzle, here’s another one you can try to sharpen your mental health:

      There are 6 words hidden in this image. See if you can find them all!

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        Were you able to find all 6 words?

        If not, here are the answers (don’t ruin it for yourself if you didn’t find them!):

        • “Novel” on the father’s arm chair
        • “Book” on the father’s glasses
        • “Story” on the mother’s book
        • “Read” on the dog’s ears and the girl’s head
        • “Words” on the bottom of the tree’s leaves
        • “Page” on the boy’s shorts and shirt

        I hope you’ve enjoyed these puzzles and found them helpful! If you were able to solve them or if you know of any other great puzzles, leave me a comment to let me know.

        Additionally, if you’re hungering for more puzzles or want a resource you can use anytime you want, check out thewordsearch.com. For added benefit, print the puzzles so you can do them without staring at a screen. Screens give off a light which reduces the amount of melatonin (the chemical your brain releases to help you fall asleep) you create. This makes it harder to fall asleep, and is a cause of the wide-spread insomnia we have today.

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        Finally, if you’re starting to get bored of wordsearch puzzles, crossword puzzles also have very similar benefits and can be a fun change of pace. If you want to start doing crossword puzzles, go to this website. If you don’t like that one, you can also go here. If phone apps are more your style, try this one for iOS or this one for Android.

        Good luck, and I hope your mental health stays strong and your brain stays alert!

        Featured photo credit: AWM via awm.com

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        Last Updated on May 21, 2020

        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

        You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

        Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

        Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

        An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

        Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

        1. The Paleo Diet

        The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

        The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

        In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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        How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

        The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

        With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

        It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

        Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

        2. Whole30

        The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

        With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

        During the month you are eliminating:

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        • sugar
        • alcohol
        • legumes
        • grains
        • dairy
        • soy

        Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

        At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

        Finding Out How Food Impacts You

        Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

        With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

        This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

        3. The Mediterranean Diet

        The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

        For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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        With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

        • Fruits & vegetables
        • Whole grains
        • Legumes & nuts
        • Replacing butter with olive oil
        • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
        • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
        • Moderate amounts of red wine

        Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

        Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

        With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

        4. The Alkaline Diet

        The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

        The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

        Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

        The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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        People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

        One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

        Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

        There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

        The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

        What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

        The Big Takeaway:

        Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

        Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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