3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Like most people, I spend a lot of time connected to technology. While it’s a wonderful thing to have, I do find myself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds, and watching too many TV shows that aren’t very mind stimulating more often than I’d like to admit. So it’s important for me to find ways to keep my mind sharp and constantly be learning new things. Anyone else? Here are three simple ways to keep your mind sharp.

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Eat (the Right) Foods

Did you know that food can impact your brain? High-fiber diets with protein are much better for you than super sugary items (despite being good on the taste buds)! Eating the right foods allows you to have a better digestive flow, and ultimately, a more reliable flow of energy to your body (including your brain)!

Collaborate with Others

“Two heads are better than one.” Collaboration is key in life. Everyone brings a unique perspective to the mix, and by working with others, you’re able to hear ideas and observations from a view different than your own. And more often than not, working with others results in some pretty brilliant ideas and/or much faster problem-solving!

Challenge Your Mind

No one ever said keeping your mind sharp would be easy! It’s important to constantly challenge your mind with new things. Whether it’s a class, crossword puzzle or other brain teaser, keeping yourself challenged with unknowns is the best way to stay sharp. Sure you’ll be great at putting the same puzzle together over and over again, but it’s when you try something you haven’t before that really gets your brain’s gears turning.

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What do all of these things have in common? Escape Room: The Game! I’ve been wanting to make it to a physical location to play the fast-growing game but haven’t had a chance to, so I’m pretty excited that I was able to bring the game home to me! And if you’re wondering how eating right fits in – healthy snacking while playing games, my friends!

As part of the Thanksgiving festivities last week, my family and I decided to give the game a try, and had a lot of fun with it, despite it being pretty challenging. The game is recommended for ages 16+, but my younger sisters were dying to try it as well, and they really kept up with it! I also can’t stress enough how important teamwork is in this game. There are so many tiny details to be aware of, and everyone was able to contribute something different.

Escape Room: The Game comes with four rooms (or games) in one. Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec. In the instructions, you’ll find the games listed by level of difficulty and it’s suggested that you play from the easiest to hardest level. I can’t imagine starting out with the hardest room – yikes!

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So how does each game work? Each room has a folder with a story so you have some background on the situation and the end goal of the room. Once you read it, you push the red button on the chronodecoder to get the timer going – you only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles to escape the room! At certain points in the hour, the machine will buzz to indicate that you can read a clue to help you. If you find the clue useless that means you’re on the right track already!

Some helpful tips while playing?

  • Take LOTS of notes – something that looks small could be a huge clue
  • Use helpful devices like your phone to take advantage of the flashlight and calculator – YES they will come in handy
  • Download the free Escape Room app to enhance your experience with thematic background music
  • Use your brain, teamwork, logic, and pay attention to detail to successfully escape the room

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If you’re up for a new challenge or looking for a fun gift idea for Christmas, be sure to check out Escape Room: The Game!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Great ideas and this sounds like a fun game. I’ve played this game or one like it on an app. I may have to get this to play with the family. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Ivanna! It’s a great game to play with the fam!

  • stefanie schoen

    wait…. this game sounds AMAZING! it’s right up my alley! I used to play 221B baker street as a kid (its a Sherlock Holmes game) so I think this will be awesome!

    -Stefanie

    http://www.thestylesafari.com

    • LOVE it! I haven’t heard of that game but I love Sherlock – I’ll have to check it out :)

  • That Escape Room game looks like so much fun! I love board games, so I’ll have to check it out.

    • It was! I think the clock ticking made it even more thrilling!

  • Courtney Patterson

    My daughter loves to play the game Memory so I play with her. It’s a great way to keep my mind sharp while making her happy too. Win-win for everyone!

    • That’s awesome! Memory was my favorite game growing up too :)

  • This looks so fun!! I had a groupon for this one but I think it expired! I’ve been dying to try one out!

    • Same! Hopefully you’ll be able to try one out soon! If not, the game at home is really fun too :)

  • Oh how fun! I didn’t know they made a board game version. Andrew and I did this with his group of friends on one of our early dates and it was so exciting!

    • I think it’s pretty new! The in-person ones have really been getting popular, so I think it’s a great way to bring the fun home. I’ve yet to make it to the actual room – I’m hoping I will soon!

  • Now this sounds so FUN! A very different kind of at-home game, but yeah, it would be great brain exercise for sure!

  • This looks like tons of fun! We love games around these parts so I’d love to try this.

    • It really is! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Brilliant tips. Not many people add food to their list but that is a biggie. Game does look fun

    Tiana=fabblemoon.blogspot.com

  • I’ve heard of that escape game! Too fun!!! I try to eat healthy but it just doesnt work half the time LOL

    • Hahaha I know how that is! I try, but it happens in waves :)

  • Candy Kage

    When I have to much sugar or don’t drink enough water my body really tells me about it. That game looks fun.

    • You’re so right, Candy! The game is really fun!

  • Moe

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! I wish my kids were old enough to play with me but it sounds really fun that I’d have to still try it out in the near future. It is so very true how eating makes a huge difference in my day to day activities. When I eat healthy I feel pumped and extremely energized feeling like I can take over the world (in my Brain voice, lol) and a bad habit of mine which is having a hard time staying away from the sweet, unhealthy stuff can really have me feeling unmotivated to get things done causing me to have severe headaches. I am definitely on the hunt to finding ways in knowing how to shop healthy especially when on a tight budget.

    • Thanks for reading, Moe! That’s something I’ve been trying to work on too. If I find a good method for it I’ll be sure to share it!

  • These are great tips! I’m not familiar with this game but have been seeing it everywhere lately. Guess I need to catch up!

    • Thanks, Lecy! It’s a really fun game – just be ready to do lots of thinking!

  • I love this game! IT’s so much fun! We weren’t able to get the suitcase cell phone clue in nuclear countdown though. so frustrating!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • I agree! We’re planning to play again next week! We got frustrated with some of the clues since we had figured the pieces out already and were looking for helpful info lol. But I guess it was good since we were on the right track!

  • I love this kind of game. It is mind stimulating. I hope that more games like this one will be produce. It is certainly beneficial and make a kid smart. I think another way to keep our mind sharp is by constantly reading. I love it so much that is why I came up with a blog of mine too. Your post is very informative. I do like it a lot. :)

    • Thank you! I hope more mind-stimulating games come out too. They’re great for people of all ages!

  • I have heard so much about the escape room. It kind of freaks me out to do it but there’s a part of me that wants to try it.

    • You can always start with the at-home game. Then you’re not literally locked in the room :)

  • Love this! Your mind rules what you do. It’s how I overcame depression. Eating good, challenging the mind, and keeping it positive by surrounding yourself by supportive people is so important. The blogging community is so supportive. I love reading posts like these. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Mindy! So glad to hear you found the right balance of these wonderful things!

  • This is great! Even the smallest of the things help to keep the mind sharp! :)

  • Kaley Taylor

    Can you play the escape room game more than once? Or is it only one “mystery” per room? I LOVE board games, but I don’t want to buy a game I can only play X-amount of times before I know the answers. :-/

    • There are 3 different rooms/games within one but the end result won’t change. Once you solve them it’d be fun to pass along for others to try – or you could wait a bit and forget how you solved it and then it’d be like brand new, haha.

  • I am SO getting my husband that game for Christmas!!! So fun!!!!

    • How awesome! I hope he loves it as much as we did!

  • Love this idea especially as a gift! Great tips and thank you so much for sharing, Rachel!

  • Shani Ogden

    Looks like a fun game! My husband and I went to a real life escape room experience and it was so hard!

    • It was! Did you end up “escaping” from the room? I can’t wait to go to one of the real rooms!

  • These are such good tips to think about heading into the new year!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • I’ve heard something about the Escape Plan. I think we something like that in our city too. :) Nice post by the way.

    Lucie http://www.inbluebox.com

    • Thanks, Lucie! I’m hoping to make it to one of the physical rooms, but in the meantime, the at-home game is a great option!

  • Escape Room: The Game would be a great gift for one of my friends who loves challenges like this and was actually talking about doing a party at an escape room. Thanks for sharing!

    • It so is! I haven’t made it to a physical location yet but I’ve heard great things about them!

  • I didn’t even know that they had board game versions of this. I went to an escape room in Shanghai a few weeks ago for my first time!

    • How cool! Did you like it? I haven’t made it to one yet, but the at-home version was great!

  • I have been seeing this everywhere and have been so interested in it! I need it!

  • We had such a blast with this game! Only a bummer it’s over in 4 rounds :(

    • I know! I think it’d be a fun game to pass along once you finished playing though. The game that lives on!

  • This sounds like fun! I have heard of actual escape rooms where you go to a physical location, but not the board game. I will have to check this out!

    • I think it was developed because of the popularity of the physical rooms. It’s a lot of fun!

  • Karissa Ancell

    This seems like fun! We love to play board games when my whole family gets together.

  • This sounds like a great way to Escape without the hassle of getting everyone out (without babysitters) on one night. I really like that this is a board game. Thank you for the heads up!

  • I loved that game! It was so much fun. We checked it out a week or two ago and it was fabulous! I’m glad you enjoyed it too.

    • Right?! The timer counting down made it so much more intense too, haha.