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Mental Muscles You Can Exercise

    1. Creativity

    Why you're on this site.

    2. Memory

    What did you have for lunch the day before yesterday?

    3. Imagination/Visualization

    Visualize a room you're not currently in to the greatest detail you can

    4. Number Crunching

    Calculate tips, and track sums using your brain only.

    5. Vocabulary

    Play 'Thesaurus' with yourself - how many synonyms can you come up with for a random word? e.g. the word random itself.

    6. Spatial Navigation

    Imagine running errands to at least 2 different familiar locations (e.g. grocery store and post office). What roads would you take and what turns would you make?

    7. Emotional Control

    Be a method actor. Think of something that can make you cry or enrage you or make you laugh out loud. Then stop and turn it off again.

    8. Positive Self-Talk

    Positive self-talk is a mental exercise that involves replacing negative thoughts with positive, uplifting ones. By regularly practicing positive self-talk, you can build your mental muscles and improve your self-esteem and confidence. To practice positive self-talk, identify a negative thought and replace it with a positive one. For example, if you're feeling anxious about a presentation, replace the thought I'm going to mess up with I've prepared well and I'm going to do my best.

    9. Mindfulness Meditation

    Close your eyes and relax. Any thoughts that come must be allowed to pass through unmolested and uncontested - do not chase the thought, let it go. Stay in the moment, focusing on breathing.

    10. Grounding Technique

    From Healthline:

    Working backward from 5, use your senses to list things you notice around you. For example, you might start by listing:

    • five things you hear
    • four things you see
    • three things you can touch from where you’re sitting
    • two things you can smell
    • one thing you can taste

    Make an effort to notice the little things you might not always pay attention to, such as the color of the flecks in the carpet or the hum of your computer.

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