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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 March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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